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Justice turns the scale, bringing to some learning through suffering.
Bringing
Justice
Learning
Scale
Some
Suffering
Through
Turns
Every man needs slaves like he needs clean air. To rule is to breathe, is it not? And even the most disenfranchised get to breathe. The lowest on the social scale have their spouses or their children.
Air
Breathe
Children
Clean
Clean Air
Disenfranchised
Even
Every
Every Man
Get
He
Like
Lowest
Man
On my parents' scale of values, the more Western something was, the more cultured it was considered.
Considered
More
Parents
Scale
Something
Values
Western
Given the scale of trauma caused by the genocide, Rwanda has indicated that however thin the hope of a community can be, a hero always emerges. Although no one can dare claim that it is now a perfect state, and that no more work is needed, Rwanda has risen from the ashes as a model or truth and reconciliation.
Although
Always
Ashes
Caused
Claim
Community
Dare
Emerges
Genocide
Given
Hero
Hope
However
Model
There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.
Acquire
Beings
Complete
Developments
Few
Fragment
Human
Human beings
Illumination
Instant
Laborious
Like
Mosaic
Most
Man knows that the world is not made on a human scale; and he wishes that it were.
He
Human
Knows
Made
Man
Scale
Were
Wishes
World
This is not a skill problem, this is a will problem. Does America have the will to make education a priority? We know the things that work. Why don't we scale up those things that do work.
America
Does
Education
Know
Make
Priority
Problem
Scale
Skill
Things
Those
Up
Why
Will
The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.
Adjust
Bathroom
Best
His
Honesty
Income
Income tax
Man
Measure
Return
Scale
Tax
Zero
We have spoken of beings so low in the scale that the individuals throughout their whole existence are not sufficiently specialized to be distinctively plant or animal: yet these are definite life in simpler shape.
Animal
Beings
Definite
Existence
Individuals
Life
Low
Plant
Scale
Shape
Simpler
Specialized
Spoken
Sufficiently
Success is a sort of metaphysical experience. I live exactly as I did before - only on a slightly bigger scale. Naturally, I won't be corrupted. I'll sit there in my Rolls, uncorrupted, and tell my chauffeur, uncorruptedly, where to go.
Before
Bigger
Chauffeur
Corrupted
Did
Exactly
Experience
Go
Live
Metaphysical
Naturally
Only
Rolls
Scale
I was an awful critic. I operated on the assumption that there was an absolute scale of values against which art could be measured. I didn't trust my own subjective responses.
Absolute
Against
Art
Assumption
Awful
Could
Critic
Measured
My own
Operated
Own
Responses
Scale
Subjective
Think on a 50-year scale, which is a much more natural time-scale for global warming. The US is right now spending about 200 million dollars annually on research into renewable energy.
About
Dollars
Energy
Global
Global warming
Million
Million dollars
More
Much
Natural
Now
Renewable
Renewable energy
Research
If you look at any Muslim society and you make a scale of how developed they are, and how successful the economy is, it's a straight line. It depends on how much they emancipate their women.
Any
Depends
Developed
Economy
Emancipate
How
How much
Line
Look
Make
Much
Muslim
Scale
Society
We all wake up in the morning wanting to live our lives the way we know we should. But we usually don't, in small ways. That's what makes a character like Batman so fascinating. He plays out our conflicts on a much larger scale.
Batman
Character
Conflicts
Fascinating
He
Know
Larger
Larger scale
Like
Live
Lives
Makes
Morning
Much
But 'Memento' was so successful, such a huge cult hit, almost on the scale of a large film. If that had happened, with all the acclaim, before the next job, I'd have found it very difficult to figure out what to do next.
Almost
Before
Cult
Difficult
Figure
Film
Found
Had
Happened
Hit
Huge
Job
Large
Memento
The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale.
Colossal
Essence
Life
Scale
Statistical
There does seem to be a sense in which physics has gone beyond what human intuition can understand. We shouldn't be too surprised about that because we're evolved to understand things that move at a medium pace at a medium scale. We can't cope with the very tiny scale of quantum physics or the very large scale of relativity.
About
Because
Beyond
Cope
Does
Evolved
Gone
Human
Intuition
Large
Large-scale
Medium
Move
Pace
When you have a crime against humanity that is so awesome in scale and death, it is more than permissible to look around and say, who recently has been declaring war on the United States? Of course, the compass points straight to bin Laden.
Against
Around
Awesome
Been
Bin
Compass
Course
Crime
Death
Declaring
Has-been
Humanity
Look
More
No publisher in America improved a paper so quickly on so grand a scale, took a paper that was marginal in qualities and brought it to excellence as Otis Chandler did.
America
Brought
Did
Excellence
Grand
Improved
Marginal
Paper
Publisher
Qualities
Quickly
Scale
Took
We live in an ascending scale when we live happily, one thing leading to another in an endless series.
Another
Endless
Happily
Leading
Live
One thing
Scale
Series
Thing
Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have.
Assumed
Book
Classic
Definition
Everyone
Often
Read
Thinks
For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium.
Accompanied
Because
Been
Centuries
Check
Claims
Constant
Crime
Death
Death Penalty
Equilibrium
Forces
Has-Been
Hold
Often in films, you have no idea where you're going to be six months from now. And I grew very weary of that. And television, although it wasn't necessarily as creatively diverse as filmmaking can be, it was the lifestyle choice that I needed to make.
Although
Choice
Creatively
Diverse
Filmmaking
Films
Going
Grew
Idea
Lifestyle
Make
Months
Necessarily
Needed
I'm very physical. When I'm writing, I'm playing all the parts; I'm saying the lines out loud, and if I get excited about something - which doesn't happen very often when I'm writing, but it's the greatest feeling when it does - I'll be out of the chair and walking around, and if I'm at home, I'll find myself two blocks from my house.
About
Around
Blocks
Chair
Does
Excited
Feeling
Find
Get
Greatest
Greatest Feeling
Happen
Home
House
All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door.
Beginning
Born
Corner
Deeds
Door
Great
Often
Restaurant
Revolving
Ridiculous
Street
Street Corner
Thoughts
Works
I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students.
Am
Amazed
Among
Capability
College
College Students
Elementary
Elementary School
Enthusiasm
How
How Much
I Am
More
Much
May not the complaint, that common people are above their station, often take its rise in the fact of uncommon people being below theirs?
Above
Being
Below
Common
Common People
Complaint
Fact
May
Often
People
Rise
Station
Take
Uncommon
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
Carry
Go
Imagination
Never
Nowhere
Often
Us
Were
Will
Without
Worlds
Friendship often ends in love, but love in friendship - never.
Ends
Friendship
Love
Never
Often
If we notice a few errors in the work of a proven master, we may and even will often be correct; if we believe, however, that he is completely and utterly mistaken, we are in danger of missing his entire concept.
Believe
Concept
Correct
Danger
Entire
Errors
Even
Few
He
His
However
Master
May
Missing
But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
Call
Despair
Eagerness
Hope
Often
Only
Our
Painful
Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays.
Childish
Dare
Deep
Dream
Err
Lies
Meaning
Often
Plays
The worst men often give the best advice.
Advice
Best
Give
Men
Often
Worst
There's an interesting contrast between born Catholics and converts. Converts are often much more rule-directed. Catholicism isn't something that they breathed in from their childhood, so they think that if you don't toe the line on abstract doctrine you can't be part of the Church.
Abstract
Between
Born
Breathed
Catholicism
Catholics
Childhood
Church
Contrast
Converts
Doctrine
Interesting
Line
More
It is often safer to be in chains than to be free.
Chains
Free
Often
Safer
Than
Often people display a curious respect for a man drunk, rather like the respect of simple races for the insane... There is something awe-inspiring in one who has lost all inhibitions.
Awe-Inspiring
Curious
Display
Drunk
Inhibitions
Insane
Like
Lost
Man
Often
People
Races
Rather
Respect
I have nothing against priests. In fact, I tried for a time to be one... It should be clear, then, that I respect, and am often fond of, the many priests in my life.
Against
Am
Clear
Fact
Fond
I Tried
In Fact
Life
Many
My Life
Nothing
Often
Priests
Respect
I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.
Adds
Conversation
Myself
Often
Spice
It is often wise to reveal that which cannot be concealed for long.
Cannot
Concealed
Long
Often
Reveal
Which
Wise
Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.
Hidden
Nature
Often
Overcome
Seldom
Sometimes
Poetry, it is often said and loudly so, is life's true mirror. But a monkey looking into a work of literature looks in vain for Socrates.
Life
Literature
Looking
Looks
Loudly
Mirror
Monkey
Often
Poetry
Said
Socrates
True
Vain
Work
The worker can unionize, go out on strike; mothers are divided from each other in homes, tied to their children by compassionate bonds; our wildcat strikes have most often taken the form of physical or mental breakdown.
Bonds
Breakdown
Children
Compassionate
Divided
Each
Form
Go
Homes
Mental
Most
Mothers
Often
Other
I'm often asked how I write books, but I don't think my approach is suitable for everyone. If I walked into a creative writing class, all I could say to them was 'I tend to make it up as I go along.' I'm not sure that's brilliant advice.
Advice
Along
Approach
Asked
Books
Brilliant
Class
Could
Creative
Creative Writing
Everyone
Go
How
I Write
It is well known that in the Communist countries, and especially in my own, Albania, readers were often called upon to demonstrate their vigilance by detecting and denouncing the 'errors' of authors.
Albania
Authors
Communist
Countries
Demonstrate
Errors
Known
My Own
Often
Own
Readers
Vigilance
Well
Well Known
Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.
Almost
Compromise
Expedient
Good
Makes
Often
Party
Politics
Poor
Roof
Statesmanship
Sure
Temporary
Umbrella
Guidebooks used to write the name of my city in two ways: Gjirokaster in Albanian, and Argyrokastron for foreigners. The classical-sounding name somehow gave it better credentials, because people in the Balkans famously exaggerate and often call their villages cities.
Balkans
Because
Better
Call
Cities
City
Credentials
Exaggerate
Foreigners
Gave
Name
Often
People
Somehow
I get thousands of letters, and they give me a feeling of how each book is perceived. Often I think I have written about a certain theme, but by reading the letters or reviews, I realise that everybody sees the book differently.
About
Book
Certain
Differently
Each
Everybody
Feeling
Get
Give
Give Me
How
I Think
Letters
Me
People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times.
According
Also
Always
Animals
Been
Continuing
Done
Earliest
Eaten
Humans
Justification
Logic
Often
Other
The European who comes to America plunges into the virgin forest with wonder and delight; while the American who goes to Europe finds his greatest pleasure, at first, in hunting up the memorials of the past. Each is in quest of novelty, and is burning with the desire to gaze at objects of which he has often read.
America
American
Burning
Delight
Desire
Each
Europe
European
Finds
First
Forest
Gaze
Goes
Greatest
Understand that legal and illegal are political, and often arbitrary, categorizations; use and abuse are medical, or clinical, distinctions.
Abuse
Arbitrary
Clinical
Distinctions
Illegal
Legal
Medical
Often
Political
Understand
Use