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Simon Callow Quotes and Sayings

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Bleak House is just the most astounding piece of work.
There's huge, visionary poetry in it.
- Simon Callow

He always describes his characters' voices and their physique so brilliantly.
As people have said, they are cartoons,
caricatures.
They're grotesques really.
- Simon Callow

I get sent a lot of scripts which feature him as a
kind of all-purpose Victorian literary character and
really understand little,
if anything, about him, his life or his books.
- Simon Callow

He spent hours and hours and hours practising these conjuring tricks.
It's just such a curious thing.
- Simon Callow

 

He invented this idea of telling the life story of
a great writer through becoming his characters and becoming him.
It was such a pleasure and I thought we must find another writer.
- Simon Callow

When the BBC decided to bring Doctor Who back as a
feature film a few years ago,
one national newspaper ran a poll to ask its readers
who should be the new Doctor,
and I topped it.
- Simon Callow

It is against everything we stand for to take a human life.
Making an exception to that code is a bleak thing.
- Sam, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

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Family life was wonderful.
The streets were bleak.
The playgrounds were bleak.
But home was always warm.
My mother and father had a great relationship.
I always felt 'safe' there.
- Robert Cormier

Life was very simple.
My parents had come from the North of England,
which is a fairly rugged, bleak, hard-working part of England,
and so there was not the expectation of luxury.
- Roger Bannister

Rebellion without truth is like spring in a bleak,
arid desert.
- Khalil Gibran

We really feel happier when things look bleak.
Hope is endurance.
Hope is holding on and going on and trusting in the Lord.
- Michael Novak

I try to give people hope.
Even though life is bleak, there's hope out there.
- Danielle Steel

Until I started doing standup, there were some very bleak days.
- Larry David

The outlook for the Federal budget is bleak.
- Doug Elmendorf

We live in a pretty bleak time.
I feel that in the air.
Everything is uncertain.
Everything feels like its on the precipice of some major transformation,
whether we like it or not.
- Sean Lennon

It's a tough job to tell a story when the audience
already knows the ending,
and the ending is bleak.
- Walter Jon Williams

I think that I'm serious, but I don't think that I'm inordinately bleak.
- Ann Beattie

If we were logical, the future would be bleak,
indeed.
But we are more than logical.
We are human beings, and we have faith,
and we have hope, and we can work.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

He told me I didn't understand, that we were from the
bleak industrial wastes of North England,
or something, and that we didn't understand the Internet.
I told him Fall fans invented the Internet.
They were on there in 1982.
- Mark E. Smith

Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world.
Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak.
Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor,
and your picture begins to lighten up.
- Allen Klein

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White PHOTO

Life is change. Without change, there is no life.
Why then do we so fight against change?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People who work together will win,
whether it be against complex football defenses,
or the problems of modern society.
- Vince Lombardi

How is it that one rails against that
which is nearly a certainty?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Resolve to keep happy, and your joy
and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
- Helen Keller

Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.
- Winston Churchill

Action is our greatest weapon against fear.
Left to molder, fear grows upon itself,
but in the face of action,
fear is left in the dust.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One can flow harmoniously with the River -
or one can struggle fearfully against the River -
and the River just flows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it
as he who helps to perpetrate it.
He who accepts evil without protesting against it
is really cooperating with it.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Your success and happiness lies in you.
Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you
shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
- Helen Keller

Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.
- Rumi

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
- Mark Twain

If you wish to see the truth,
then hold no opinion for or against.
- Osho

A house divided against itself cannot stand.
- Abraham Lincoln

Never do anything against conscience
even if the state demands it.
- Albert Einstein

A sin is anything you do which goes against yourself
- don Miguel Ruiz

You go against yourself when you
judge or blame yourself for anything
- don Miguel Ruiz

Greatness is not in where we stand,
but in what direction we are moving.
We must sail sometimes with the wind
and sometimes against it -
but sail we must,
and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

When you get into a tight place
and everything goes against you,
till it seems you cannot hold on a minute longer,
never give up then, for that is just
the place and time the tide will turn.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Be Impeccable With Your Word.
Speak with integrity.
Say only what you mean.
Avoid using your word to speak against yourself
or to gossip about others.
Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Every optimist moves along with progress and hastens it,
while every pessimist would keep the worlds at a standstill.
The consequence of pessimism in the life of a nation
is the same as in the life of the individual.
Pessimism kills the instinct that
urges men to struggle against poverty,
ignorance and crime, and dries up
all the fountains of joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

If we are to teach real peace in this world,
and if we are to carry on a real war against war,
we shall have to begin with the children.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

"I can forgive, but I cannot forget,"
is only another way of saying, I will not forgive.
Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note -
torn in two, and burned up,
so that it never can be shown against one.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The greatest weapon against stress
is our ability to choose one thought over another.
- William James

He is a man of courage who does not run away,
but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.
- Socrates

The moment we want to believe something,
we suddenly see all the arguments for it,
and become blind to the arguments against it.
- George Bernard Shaw

I once had a rose named after me
and I was very flattered.
But I was not pleased to read
the description in the catalogue:
no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Moreover if your brother shall trespass against you,
go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
- Matthew 18:15

Day by day we should weigh what we have
granted to the spirit of the world
against what we have denied to the spirit of Jesus,
in thought and especially in deed.
- Albert Schweitzer

The River of Life has no meaning, no good, no bad,
no better, no worse, no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS. There is nothing to do.
There is nothing to say.
There is nothing to think.
There is nothing to feel.
The River just flows. The River is the source of all nourishment -
the source of all obstacles.
The River is the source of all life - the source of all death.
The River is the source of all joy - and the source of all sorrow.
Yet the River has no joy - and the River has no sorrow.
The River is just the River.
One can flow harmoniously with the River -
or one can struggle fearfully against the River -
and the River just flows.
One can accept the River - or one can deny the River -
and the River just flows.
One can worship the River of Life - or one can curse the River of Life -
and the River just flows. There is nothing to do - and the River flows.
There is nothing to say - and the River flows.
There is nothing to think - and the River flows.
There is nothing to feel - and the River flows.
The River flows - and all else is our drama.
The River flows - and all else is our invention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ecstasy is our very nature;
not to be ecstatic is simply unnecessary.
To be ecstatic is natural, spontaneous.
It needs no effort to be ecstatic,
it needs great effort to be miserable.
That's why you look to tired,
because misery is really hard work;
to maintain it is really difficult,
because you are doing something against nature.
- Osho

Most unhappiness comes from resisting life.
Occasionally, you have such a strong commitment
to changing the world order that it is worth
struggling against the flow of life.
But don't live your life as if each minor happening
were a matter of life and death.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.
- Bobby Knight

It is possible to provide security against other ills,
but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.
- Epicurus

If you are going to sin, sin against God,
not the bureaucracy.
God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't.
- Hyman Rickover

A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.
- Mignon McLaughlin

To live anywhere in the world today and be against
equality because of race or color is like living in
Alaska and being against snow.
- William Faulkner

The only important thing I have to say is that my father
never fought against his country.
- Zinedine Zidane

Some men are alive simply because it is against the law to kill them.
- Edward W. Howe

There is no defense against adverse fortune which is
so effectual as an habitual sense of humor.
- Thomas W. Higginson

You need to overcome the tug of people against you
as you reach for high goals.
- George S. Patton

The human race's prospects of survival were considerably
better when we were defenceless against tigers than
they are today when we have become defenceless against ourselves.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

The real problem is that the way that power is given
out in our society pits us against each other.
- Anita Hill

The best argument against democracy is
a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
- Winston Churchill

Every man must define his identity against his mother.
If he does not, he just falls back into her and is swallowed up.
- Camille Paglia

Don't be against anything -
e.g. don't be against war, be FOR peace
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The home to everyone is to him his castle and fortress,
as well for his defence against injury and violence,
as for his repose.
- Edward Coke

Difficulties show men what they are.
In case of any difficulty,
remember that God has pitted you
against a rough antagonist
that you may be a conqueror,
and this cannot be without toil.
- Epictetus

Mere goodness can achieve little against the power of nature.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters.
- Fidel Castro

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
- George Washington


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