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The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.
In its famous paradox, the equation of money and excrement, psychoanalysis becomes the first science to state what common sense and the poets have long known - that the essence of money is in its absolute worthlessness.
Norman O. Brown
What sculptors do is represent the essence of gesture. What is important in mime is attitude.
Quickness is the essence of the war.
What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom 'to' and freedom 'from.'
Marilyn vos Savant
Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.
The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.
The essence of life is the smile of round female bottoms, under the shadow of cosmic boredom.
Guy de Maupassant
These humiliations are the essence of the game.
She represented the distilled essence of the battle between the sexes.
If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day.
The essence of a general's job is to assist in developing a clear sense of purpose to keep the junk from getting in the way of important things.
Walter F. Ulmer
There is no progress whatever. Everything is just the same as it was thousands, and tens of thousands, of years ago. The outward form changes. The essence does not change.
Robert Louis Stevenson
The universal medicine for the Soul is the Supreme Reason and Absolute Justice; for the mind, mathematical and practical Truth; for the body, the Quintessence, a combination of light and gold.
Love in its essence is spiritual fire.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Advertising is the very essence of democracy.
The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.
W. Somerset Maugham
The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.
George Bernard Shaw
The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
Egoism is the very essence of a noble soul.
The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.
I had an essence in my life that I was nothing.
The essence of competitiveness is liberated when we make people believe that what they think and do is important - and then get out of their way while they do it.
The essence of childhood, of course, is play, which my friends and I did endlessly on streets that we reluctantly shared with traffic.
Posthumous charities are the very essence of selfishness when bequeathed by those who, even alive, would part with nothing.
Charles Caleb Colton
The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual - when it begins to ignore the passions, the emotions - it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance.
Isaac Bashevis Singer
The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries.
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