It is no longer acceptable for businesses to see the world purely through the lens of profits and customers; there is also a patriotic duty to make our country stronger, our people more empowered, and the world better. That is as much a responsibility of business as it is of government.
Picasso had a: ‘Good artists copy; great artists steal’—and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.
We were not born from war; we were born from beauty. Let no one mistake us for the fruit of violence—but that violence, having passed through the fruit, failed to spoil it.
It was beauty, I learned, that we risked ourselves for.
It takes a long time for a good marriage to die, and even a dead marriage can pretend to be alive, with habit as respirator and heart machine.
To defend oneself against a fear is simply to insure that one will, one day, be conquered by it; fears must be faced. As for one’s wits, it is just not true that one can live by them—not, that is, if one wishes really to live.
To accept one’s past—one’s history—is not the same thing as drowning in it; it is learning how to use it. An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life like clay in a season of drought.