Stefan Collini quotes

  • In trying to justify the humanities, as in trying to live a life, what may turn out to matter most is holding one's nerve.
    -- Stefan Collini

    #Humanity #Trying #May

  • Depth of understanding involves something which is more than merely a matter of deconstructive alertness; it involves a measure of interpretative charity and at least the beginnings of a wide responsiveness.
    -- Stefan Collini

    #Understanding #Charity #Alertness

  • The recurrence during the eighteenth century Enlightenment of the aspiration to be the 'Newton of the moral sciences' testifies to the prestige not just of celestial mechanics, but of the 'experimental method' more generally.
    -- Stefan Collini

    #Enlightenment #Moral #Newton

  • Good work, like good talk or any other form of worthwhile human relationship, depends upon being able to assume an extended shared world.
    -- Stefan Collini

    #World #Able #Assuming

  • We must never forget that Christ did not suffer just during His three years of public ministry or the last few days of His life when He was crucified. No, He suffered throughout His life on earth. He who was without sin lived daily with the corruption and sinfulness of lost humanity.

  • The main thing in life is not to be afraid of being human.

  • A movie is about human beings, about humanity.

  • In fact, the converse is true: At a time when the United States has been called on for a level of moral leadership, vision and inspiration not seen since World War II, we cannot afford to dissemble about crimes against humanity.

  • If you just try long enough and hard enough, you can always manage to boot yourself in the posterior.

  • Good satire goes beyond the specific point it’s trying to make and teaches you how to think critically. Even after your favorite cartoonist retires or [Stephen] Colbert wraps it up, you’re not left believing everything they’re telling you.

  • Right now I'm doing four shows at a time, trying to read four outlines every week, four scripts every week, and watching four rough cuts; it's a lot of good work. It's fun to do it, but it does wear you out.

  • First Conjuration Addressed to Emperor Lucifer. Emperor Lucifer, Master and Prince of Rebellious Spirits, I adjure thee to leave thine abode, in what-ever quarter of the world it may be situated and come hither to communicate with me.

  • If a poem is each time new, then it is necessarily an act of discovery, a chance taken, a chance that may lead to fulfillment or disaster

  • You always have to make positive choices as an actor, even when you're playing someone who may not be doing the best things.