Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.
Being seventy is not a sin.
To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don’t be.
Not being beautiful was the true blessing. Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. The pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.
The dog that trots about finds a bone.
Every intelligent person, whether he’s an artist or not – a mathematician, a doctor, a scientist – possesses a poetic way of seeing and describing the world.
One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.
One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.
It’s no accident many accuse me of conducting public affairs with my heart instead of my head. Well, what if I do? Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either.
To be successful, a woman has to be much better at her job than a man.