I like to have strong opinions with nothing to back them up with besides my primal sincerity. I like sincerity. I lack sincerity.
What is going on in the Un-American Activities Committee worries me primarily because little people have become frightened and we find ourselves living in the atmosphere of a police state, where people close doors before they state what they think or look over their shoulders apprehensively before they express an opinion.
Painting is a faith and that it brings with it the duty to pay no heed to public opinion — and that in it one conquers by perseverance and not by giving in.
Now there can be no two opinions as to what a highbrow is. He is the man or woman of thoroughbred intelligence who rides his mind at a gallop across country in pursuit of an idea.
Nothing shakes my opinion of a book. Nothing-nothing. Only perhaps if it’s the book of a young person-or of a friend-no, even so, I think myself infallible.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their life a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
I have never entered into any Controversy in defence of my philosophical Opinions; I leave them to take their Chance in the World. If they are right, Truth and Experience will support them. If wrong, they ought to be refuted and rejected. Disputes are apt to sour ones Temper and disturb one’s Quiet.