"Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks."
"A fire broke out in the forest. All the animals were scared and fled, except for a small hummingbird. It flew to the nearest river and filled its small beak with a few drops of water, returned to the forest and dropped them on the fire. Back and forth it went. The other animals watched and mocked the hummingbird. “What are you doing?” the animals asked. “The fire is overwhelming—how can you make a difference? You are too little anyway.” The hummingbird answered, “I’m doing the best I can.”"
"You can make a lot of speeches, but the real thing is when you dig a hole, plant a tree, give it water, and make it survive. That's what makes the difference."
"In these confused times, the role of classical music is at the very core of the struggle to reassert cultural and ethical values that have always characterized our country and for which we have traditionally been honored and respected outside our shores."
"Advice to children crossing the street: damn the lights. Watch the cars. The lights ain't never killed nobody."
"Nothing is interesting, if you’re not interested."
"It's useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love, drunk, or running for office."
"I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I've written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part."
"I don't need anyone to rectify my existence. The most profound relationship we will ever have is the one with ourselves."
"We are not victims of the world we see, we are victims of the way we see the world."
"Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. It's where all the fruit is."
"When I went to bed as a child, I was told, 'You don't know where you'll wake up.' When I ran in the garden, I was told that running was bad for the heart. Everything had its sinister aspect - milk shrinks the stomach, lemon thins the blood."