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Some of the words and symbols and images from childhood
by Dennis Potter

Some of the words and symbols and images from childhood
will continually be part and parcel of my personality.
- Dennis Potter

Children are very cruel, yes.
Of course.
Children are extraordinarily cruel little creatures.
- Dennis Potter

People endure what they endure and they deal with it.
It may corrupt them.
It may lead them into all sorts of compensatory excesses.
- Dennis Potter

Therapy, as opposed to analysis, is a whole construct of myth,
beautiful and creative.
- Dennis Potter

 

Television's Mr. Filth: that's me.
- Dennis Potter

A bad act done will fester and create in its own way.
It's not only goodness that creates.
Bad things create.
They have their own yeast.
- Dennis Potter

I did not fully understand the dread term 'terminal
illness' until I saw Heathrow for myself.
- Dennis Potter

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The trouble with words is that you never know whose
mouths they have been in.
- Dennis Potter

The loss of Eden is personally experienced by every
one of us as we leave the wonder and magic and also
the pains and terrors of childhood.
- Dennis Potter

Everything we do has consequences.
- Dennis Potter

Religion, you can't a handle on it, you just have to
know or not know-people either believe or they don't believe.
- Dennis Potter

As a piece of literacy criticism, Freud's best writing is about Dostoyevsky.
It's a kind of displaced literacy criticism.
- Dennis Potter

Children can write poetry and then, unless they're poets,
they stop when reach puberty.
- Dennis Potter

God, I'm such a lazy writer - I can't even think up new names.
- Dennis Potter

The knowledge that we have about what it is to be human
that we have as a child is something we necessarily must lose.
- Dennis Potter

It is a dangerous thing to have instant access to your emotions.
- Dennis Potter

The more my work improves or broadens or widens,
the more surely I tame myself.
- Dennis Potter

The thing about imagination is that by the very act of putting it down,
there must be some truth in one's own imagination.
- Dennis Potter

I believe everybody is responsible for what they do themselves.
- Dennis Potter

You have to assert something about yourself in order to be yourself.
- Dennis Potter

Just letting it out is one of the definitions of bad art.
- Dennis Potter

I was given talent, and if you are given it,
it is your obligation to use it.
- Dennis Potter

Ideals jump across the hierarchies of the printed word.
- Dennis Potter

As adults, we do know more, but we don't know enough.
People can be very unthinkingly callous.
- Dennis Potter

There's no end to the inventiveness of critics,
I tell you.
Because they can't write fiction, they put their impulse
into their analysis of work.
- Dennis Potter

To love it too much is to obscure and not see what is there.
- Dennis Potter

I have been aware, from the age of 6,
that I had talent.
- Dennis Potter

Metaphor is embodied in language.
- Dennis Potter

The strangest thing that human speech and human writing
can do is create a metaphor.
That is an amazing leap, is it not?
- Dennis Potter

I think childhood is to everyone a lost land.
- Dennis Potter

That vision of a common culture is now simply a remote wistfulness.
- Dennis Potter

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence.
- Henry David Thoreau

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

For some of us, the world appears to provide
only a fixed quantity of each resource -
a limited amount of food, of money,
of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited.
Their world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
In this world-view, money that is spent
or given away returns multiplied.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do you feel stuck?
Whether in a project, a job, a relationship,
or some other situation,
there is a time for perseverance,
and a time for letting go and moving on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Some days are simply meant for playing.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny
without leaving some mark on it forever.
- Francois Muriac

Put some distance between yourself
and whatever is concerning you.
Distance in space or time
always creates a new perspective.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Some people care too much. I think it's called love.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Some people dream of success
while others wake up and work hard at it.
- Anonymous

You need to make a commitment,
and once you make it,
then life will give you some answers.
- Les Brown

A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting
on his past actions and their motives -
of approving of some and disapproving of others.
- Charles Darwin

There are some things you learn best in calm,
and some in storm.
- Willa Cather

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

We travel, some of us forever, to seek
other states, other lives, other souls.
- Anais Nin

Since it is not granted to us to live long,
let us transmit to posterity some memorial that we have at least lived.
- E. Joseph Cossman

You can fool all the people some of the time,
and some of the people all the time,
but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
- Abraham Lincoln (sometimes attributed to P. T. Barnum)

I have always held firmly to the thought
that each one of us can do a little
to bring some portion of misery to an end.
- Albert Schweitzer

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people stay for awhile,
and move our souls to dance.
They awaken us to a new understanding,
leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never, ever the same.
- Flavia Weedn

He who is not everyday conquering some fear
has not learned the secret of life.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a good ear, in some men,
that draws supplies to virtue
out of very indifferent nutriment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every time you hear a bell ring,
it means that some angel's just got his wings.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

Age does not protect you from love.
But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
- Anais Nin

It is only in adventure that some people
succeed in knowing themselves -
in finding themselves.
- Andre Gide

Why, I'd like nothing better than to achieve
some bold adventure, worthy of our trip.
- Aristophanes

It is nearly a certainty that some
of your expectations will not be met today -
choose Joy anyway.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

That some achieve great success,
is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
- Abraham Lincoln

We're constantly striving for success, fame and comfort
when all we really need to be happy
is someone or some thing to be enthusiastic about.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Some things will never seem adequate
no matter how hard we try.
- from the movie White Man's Burden

Be a yardstick of quality.
Some people aren't used to an environment
where excellence is expected.
- Steve Jobs

Our grandchildren's grandchildren will shake their heads in shame
at some of the beliefs that we hold most dear today -
the question is, which ones?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every man I meet is in some way my superior.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

Spend some time alone every day.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

A sense of humor... is needed armor.
Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips
is a sign that the person down deep
has a pretty good grasp of life.
- Hugh Sidey

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking.
There is an almost universal quest
for easy answers and half-baked solutions.
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Often, we get stuck on a question
for which we can't find an acceptable answer.
That is a good time to consider asking a different question.
Every question is based on some assumptions -
usually invisible assumptions that we don't see, unless we go looking.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When someone has a strong intuitive connection,
Buddhism suggests that it's because of karma,
some past connection.
- Richard Gere

God gives some more than others
because some accept more than others.
- Ernest Holmes

Choose to adopt the attitude toward failure that sports teams do.
In each game, one team succeeds and one fails.
Then the next week they both get out and play again.
Life is also a game - with some successes and some failures.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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