There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
— Oscar Levant
I don’t have a lot of respect for talent. Talent is genetic. It’s what you do with it that counts.
— Martin Ritt
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms—this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
— Albert Einstein
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.
— Benjamin Franklin