The offhand decision of some commonplace..

The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years.

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My favorite books are actually very complicated - 'One Hundred Years of Solitude', 'Ulysses'.
Actually
Books
Complicated
Favorite
Hundred
Hundred Years
Solitude
Ulysses
Very
Years
The history of the past, a hundred years from now, won't be the history of the past that we learned in school because much more will have been revealed, and adjectives we can't even imagine will have been brought to bear on what we did learn in school.
Adjectives
Bear
Because
Been
Brought
Did
Even
History
Hundred
Hundred years
Imagine
Learn
Learned
More
If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago.
Before
Book
Hundred
Hundred years
Me
New
Printed
Purposes
Read
Three
Whether
Years
Years ago
Yesterday
The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born.
About
Before
Born
Character
Child
He
Hundred
Hundred years
Influence
Proper
Time
Years
A writer's ambition should be to trade a hundred contemporary readers for ten readers in ten years' time and for one reader in a hundred years' time.
Ambition
Contemporary
Hundred
Hundred years
Reader
Readers
Should
Ten
Ten years
Time
Trade
Writer
Years
When a man is in doubt about this or that in his writing, it will often guide him if he asks himself how it will tell a hundred years hence.
About
Ask
Doubt
Guide
He
Hence
Him
Himself
His
How
Hundred
Hundred years
Man
Often
If people would dare to speak to one another unreservedly, there would be a good deal less sorrow in the world a hundred years hence.
Another
Dare
Deal
Good
Good deal
Hence
Hundred
Hundred years
Less
People
Sorrow
Speak
World
Would
After a hundred years the son of the King then reigning, who was of another family from that of the sleeping Princess, was a-hunting on that side of the country, and he asked what those towers were which he saw in the middle of a great thick wood.
After
Another
Asked
Country
Family
Great
He
Hundred
Hundred years
King
Middle
Princess
Saw
Side
The last four or five hundred years of European contact with Africa produced a body of literature that presented Africa in a very bad light and Africans in very lurid terms. The reason for this had to do with the need to justify the slave trade and slavery.
Africa
African
Bad
Body
Contact
European
Five
Four
Had
Hundred
Hundred years
Justify
Last
Light
For the last 10 years, I've felt increasing pressure to stop shooting film and start shooting video, but I've never understood why. It's cheaper to work on film, it's far better looking, it's the technology that's been known and understood for a hundred years, and it's extremely reliable.
Been
Better
Better looking
Cheaper
Extremely
Far
Felt
Film
Hundred
Hundred years
Increasing
Known
Last
Looking
People apparently only read mystery stories of any length. With mysteries, the longer the better, and people will read any damn thing. But the indulgent, 800-page books that were written a hundred years ago are just not going to be written anymore, and people need to get used to that.
Any
Anymore
Apparently
Better
Books
Damn
Damn thing
Get
Going
Hundred
Hundred years
Indulgent
Just
Length
Listen, here's the thing about an English degree - if you sat somebody down and asked them to make a list of the writers they admire over the last hundred years, see how many of them got a degree in English.
About
Admire
Asked
Degree
Down
English
Got
Here
How
Hundred
Hundred years
Last
List
Listen
Justice turns the scale, bringing to some learning through suffering.
Bringing
Justice
Learning
Scale
Some
Suffering
Through
Turns
Rebellion cannot exist without the feeling that somewhere, in some way, you are justified.
Cannot
Exist
Feeling
Justified
Rebellion
Some
Somewhere
Way
Without
You
My life, in some ways, has been a half-measure. I didn't commit myself all the way to my marriage and family, because I would have given up more. And I didn't go all the way with just being completely selfish. I always wonder where my career would be if I was more selfish.
Always
Because
Been
Being
Career
Commit
Family
Given
Go
Has-Been
Just
Life
Marriage
More
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
Energy
Merely
Nobody
Normal
People
Some
Some People
Tremendous
Teachers need to feel they are trusted. They must be allowed some leeway to use their imagination; otherwise, teaching loses all sense of wonder and excitement.
Allowed
Excitement
Feel
Imagination
Loses
Must
Need
Otherwise
Sense
Some
Teachers
Teaching
Trusted
Use
So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning.
Accompany
Expressive
Form
Give
Human
Human Spirit
Living
Long
Meaning
Music
Planet
Some
Spirit
Sustain
You compose because you want to somehow summarize in some permanent form your most basic feelings about being alive, to set down... some sort of permanent statement about the way it feels to live now, today.
About
Alive
Basic
Because
Being
Compose
Down
Feelings
Feels
Form
Live
Most
Now
Permanent
I'm not an impressionist, per se, but if you do any kind of comedy - and they ask you to do that, most of the time - there's some degree of appreciation, I think, involving somebody you like.
Any
Appreciation
Ask
Comedy
Degree
I Think
Impressionist
Involving
Kind
Like
Most
Per
Some
Somebody
Feeling I'd scarcely arrived at a style, I now find I'm near the end of it. I'm not quite sure what Late Style means except that it's some sort of licence, a permit for ageing practitioners to kick their heels up.
Ageing
Arrived
End
Except
Feeling
Find
Heels
Kick
Late
Licence
Means
Near
Now
Permit
There are women who get divorced in order to punish. Out of this bitter, bitter hatred that some of these women have for their ex-husbands, they turn their children against them.
Against
Bitter
Children
Divorced
Get
Hatred
Order
Out
Punish
Some
Them
Turn
Who
Women
Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.
Other
People
Sleep
Some
Some People
Talk
While
You read some columnists in the newspapers; you have to wonder who they are really working for. You can see they have an agenda.
Agenda
Newspapers
Read
Really
See
Some
Who
Wonder
Working
You
I know some people who live this much more insulated life in Los Angeles, where their feet never touch public ground. They walk out of their bathroom, their living room, they get into their garage, their car, and the next thing you know, they're at the valet parking of the restaurant or the store or the office. They're in a bubble the whole time.
Angeles
Bathroom
Bubble
Car
Feet
Garage
Get
Ground
Know
Life
Live
Living
Living Room
Los
There are some screw-ups headed your way. I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoiding the screw-ups... but they're coming for ya. It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.
Avoiding
Being
Combination
Coming
Could
Dumb
Headed
I Wish
Life
Some
Super
Tell
Trick
Unpredictable
I've had a relatively charmed life. I loved to be out in the city. New York was my town. I've had people come up to me and say, 'You're a great New Yorker. You've given your time and money to so many New York charities. You're a great supporter of the arts. I like some of your movies - and some of your movies suck, actually.'
Actually
Arts
Charities
Charmed
City
Come
Given
Great
Had
Life
Like
Loved
Many
Me
I had a lot of survival jobs. One was for the Witty Ditty singing-telegram company. I was in the red-and-white stripes with the straw boater hat and kazoo. Balloons. Even when you're sleeping on a friend's couch, you have to pay some kind of rent.
Balloons
Company
Couch
Even
Friend
Had
Hat
Jobs
Kind
Lot
Pay
Rent
Sleeping
Some
The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.
Back
Condemned
Dreadful
Fall
Futile
Gods
Had
Hopeless
Labor
More
Mountain
Own
Punishment
Reason
Television is a visual medium. You have to create some kind of visual interest. And it's entertainment for your eyes.
Create
Entertainment
Eyes
Interest
Kind
Medium
Some
Television
Visual
You
Your
There's three things: there's masculinity, there's intelligence, there's sensitivity. You've got to bring those three things to a leading man's role: masculinity, sensitivity, intelligence. In some people, there's a little too much in the mix of one or the other.
Bring
Got
Intelligence
Leading
Little
Man
Masculinity
Mix
Much
Other
People
Role
Sensitivity
Some
There are some times when you make films and you travel places, and the take that people in the business have is that the worst way to see a city is to shoot there, because you work these long 12, 13 and 14-hour days, and you go home to the hotel, you eat, and you pass out.
Because
Business
City
Days
Eat
Films
Go
Go Home
Home
Hotel
Long
Make
Out
Pass
I didn't even have a clear idea of why I wanted to go to Oxford - apart from the fact I had fallen in love with the architecture. It certainly wasn't out of some great sense of academic or intellectual achievement. In many ways, my education only began after I'd left university.
Academic
Achievement
After
Apart
Architecture
Began
Certainly
Clear
Education
Even
Fact
Fallen
Go
Great
Some days you're the kid with the stick, some days you're the pinata.
Days
Kid
Some
Stick
You
In 'thinking up' music I usually have some kind of a brass band with wings on it in back of my mind.
Back
Band
Brass
Kind
Mind
Music
Some
Thinking
Up
Wings
If a poet knows more about a horse than he does about heaven, he might better stick to the horse, and some day the horse may carry him into heaven.
About
Better
Carry
Day
Does
He
Heaven
Him
Horse
Knows
May
Might
More
Poet
Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.
Beauties
Changes
Cradle
Easy
Every
Every Time
Gentle
Gives
Grave
Mark
Morning
Nature
Night
Own
Christmas time! That man must be a misanthrope indeed, in whose breast something like a jovial feeling is not roused - in whose mind some pleasant associations are not awakened - by the recurrence of Christmas.
Associations
Christmas
Feeling
Indeed
Like
Man
Mind
Must
Pleasant
Some
Something
Time
Whose
You can read everybody. It's not even interesting to tell the truth because to some extent it's false.
Because
Even
Everybody
Extent
False
Interesting
Read
Some
Tell
Truth
You
Audiences are always better pleased with a smart retort, some joke or epigram, than with any amount of reasoning.
Always
Amount
Any
Audiences
Better
Epigram
Joke
Pleased
Reasoning
Smart
Some
Than
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark.
Challenged
Cosmic
Dark
Delusion
Great
Imagined
Light
Lonely
Our
Our Planet
Pale
Planet
Point
Position
Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine.
Coat
Dignity
Even
Holiness
Imagine
More
People
Questions
Some
Some People
Sometimes
Than
Too
We start out a million years ago in a small community on some grassy plain; we hunt animals, have children, and develop a rich social, sexual, and intellectual life, but we know almost nothing about our surroundings.
About
Almost
Almost Nothing
Animals
Children
Community
Develop
Hunt
Intellectual
Intellectual Life
Know
Life
Million
Million Years
But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
Also
Brothers
Clown
Columbus
Does
Fact
Geniuses
Imply
Laughed
Some
The Wright Brothers
Were
Who
Wright
I am happy to have some friends here in the kitchen.
Am
Friends
Happy
Here
I Am
I Am Happy
Kitchen
Some
Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Blessings
Every
Every Man
Man
Many
Men
Misfortunes
Past
Present
Reflect
Some
Which
Your
We hunger to understand, so we invent myths about how we imagine the world is constructed - and they're, of course, based upon what we know, which is ourselves and other animals. So we make up stories about how the world was hatched from a cosmic egg or created after the mating of cosmic deities or by some fiat of a powerful being.
About
After
Animals
Based
Being
Constructed
Cosmic
Course
Created
Egg
Fiat
Hatched
How
Hunger
Evil is committed without effort, naturally, fatally; goodness is always the product of some art.
Always
Art
Committed
Effort
Evil
Goodness
Naturally
Product
Some
Without
I defer to all these other American poets who, for some reason, I both envy and admire.
Admire
American
Both
Defer
Envy
Other
Poets
Reason
Some
Who
Today, we're still loaded down - and, to some extent, embarrassed - by ancient myths, but we respect them as part of the same impulse that has led to the modern, scientific kind of myth. But we now have the opportunity to discover, for the first time, the way the universe is in fact constructed as opposed to how we would wish it to be constructed.
Ancient
Constructed
Discover
Down
Embarrassed
Extent
Fact
First
First Time
How
Impulse
In Fact
Kind
Led