Laurence Shames quotes

  • Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they're really not. They're companions - the hero and the sidekick.
    -- Laurence Shames

    #Hero #Successful #Thinking

  • Why are we inspired by another person's courage? Maybe because it gives us the sweet and genuine surprise of discovering some trace, at least, of the same courage in ourselves.
    -- Laurence Shames

    #Sweet #Giving #Ballet

  • I never intended to be a journalist. Frankly, I don't think I ever was a journalist. I backed into it.
    -- Laurence Shames

    #Thinking #Journalist

  • When it became clear that Lennon was not going to speak with me, it really became a how-I-didn't-get-the-story story. It was a caper.
    -- Laurence Shames

    #Stories #Speak #Lennon

  • All of us ambitious young writers hoped to have a cover story in Esquire, of course. The idea was to write the best, most entertaining article that you can.
    -- Laurence Shames

    #Writing #Ideas #Ambitious

  • I've never written a hard journalism piece in my life. I've never wanted to do that.
    -- Laurence Shames

    #Pieces #Journalism #Wanted

  • I loved seeing my name in print, I loved seeing my words in print. I felt really privileged to be in the kind of company I was in at Esquire, but I didn't think it was going to launch a career as a top-notch journalist. It's just not what I wanted.
    -- Laurence Shames

    #Thinking #Names #Careers

  • I listen to the Beatles all the time - in my car, at the gym. The Beatles are still part of my life. And because of that, John Lennon - in life and in death - remains part of my life.
    -- Laurence Shames

    #Car #Lennon #Gym

  • To write an article about someone and then to have that person murdered is disturbing.
    -- Laurence Shames

    #Writing #Articles #Persons

  • I never really thought of myself as being an action hero or a leading man, or any of that. I'm a character actor.

  • A nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.

  • Do we weep for the heroes who died for us, Who living were true and tried for us, And dying sleep side by side for us; The martyr band That hallowed our land With the blood they shed in a tide for us?

  • I’ve been the same guy since day one. No matter how successful I am in life, I’m going to stay true to myself and stay humble and grounded. I feel like that’s where your success comes from. Once you get that big head, it’s over. You feel like you can’t be stopped. Staying humble is the only way you can be great.

  • When I was new, I didn't know where my career will go. Initially, my films were not even successful, but then I learned a lot from my mistakes.

  • There is absolutely no greater high than challenging the power structure as a nobody, giving it your all, and winning. I think I've learned that lesson twice now. The essence of successful revolution, be it for an individual, a community of individuals, or a nation, depends on accepting that challenge.

  • People are stupid. There's a lot of dumb stuff that's successful.

  • Goodbye, my almost lover. Goodbye, my hopeless dream. I'm trying not to think about you, can't you just let me be? So long, my luckless romance, my back is turned on you. Should've known you'd bring me heartache. Almost lovers always do.

  • Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it. And then he feels that perhaps there isn't.

  • The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.