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Elegance of language may not be in the power of all of us; but simplicity and straight forwardness are. Write read more

Elegance of language may not be in the power of all of us; but simplicity and straight forwardness are. Write much as you would speak; speak as you think. If with your inferior, speak no coarser than usual; if with your superiors, no finer. Be what you say; and, within the rules of prudence, say what you are.

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When walking through the "valley of shadows," remember, a shadow is cast by a Light.

When walking through the "valley of shadows," remember, a shadow is cast by a Light.

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Every individual has a place to fill in the world, and is important, in some respect, whether he chooses to read more

Every individual has a place to fill in the world, and is important, in some respect, whether he chooses to be so or not.

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Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.

Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.

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Success is not something I've wrapped my brain around. If people go to those movies, then yes, that's true, big-time read more

Success is not something I've wrapped my brain around. If people go to those movies, then yes, that's true, big-time success. If not, it's much ado about nothing. [On the prospects for his 1997 movies The Rainmaker and Good Will Hunting].

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Darkness is only driven out with light, not more darkness.

Darkness is only driven out with light, not more darkness.

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I don't understand complicated problems. I only understand simple ones.

I don't understand complicated problems. I only understand simple ones.

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Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.

Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.

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What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You read more

What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning -- and some of them many times over -- what do you find? That you can swim? Well -- life is just the same as learning to swim! Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!

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