The savage bows down to idols of wood and stone: the civilized man to idols of flesh and blood.
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- The camera can represent flesh so superbly that, if I dared, I would never photograph a figure without asking that figure to take its clothes off.
- In a battle all you need to make you fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it’s more dangerous to lose than to win.
- An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.
- The universal regard for money is the one hopeful fact in our civilization. Money is the most important thing in the world. It represents health, strength, honor, generosity and beauty. Not the least of its virtues is that it destroys base people as certainly as it fortifies and dignifies noble people.
- Man is the only animal of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid of.
- A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most. On Other Peoples Expectations: The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor; he took my measurement anew every time he saw me, while all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me.