It is only the superficial qualities that last. Man’s deeper nature is soon found out.
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- The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one quality we can predicate of it. The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature, and not on its growth and development. The error of Louis XIV was that he thought human nature would always be the same. The result of his error was the French Revolution. It was an admirable result.
- Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
- The mere mechanical technique of acting can be taught, but the spirit that is to give life to lifeless forms must be born in a man. No dramatic college can teach its pupils to think or to feel. It is Nature who makes our artists for us, though it may be Art who taught them their right mode of expression.
- Pleasure is Nature’s test, her sign of approval. When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment.
- I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.
- Nowadays to be intelligible is to be found out.