Leonard Nimoy quotes

  • A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspirational #Memories #Garden

  • I am a great believer in what we've been told time and time again by people like Joseph Campbell, "find your bliss." Find out what it is that touches you most deeply. Pursue it, learn about it, explore it, expand on it. Live with it and nurture it. Find your own way and make your own contribution. Find a way to make a contribution to this society because God knows we need contributions from the coming generation. This planet and this civilization is in need. I see it as a time of need.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Civilization #People #Needs

  • My dream concept is that I have a camera and I am trying to photograph what is essentially invisible. And every once in a while I get a glimpse of her and I grab that picture.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Dream #Trying #Cameras

  • It is important to understand what are you trying to capture with a camera. What you want to use this tool for. It helps to begin to search for and concentrate on thematic photography.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Photography #Important #Trying

  • You create your own life and your work. Give us your best.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Giving

  • If you are walking down the street, camera in your hand, loaded and ready to shoot. You see a person falling from a high building, either having fallen or jumped. That person is falling through space. You don't shoot that photograph unless the theme you are working on has to do with the effects of space on the human figure. If you simply photograph that event because it is an event that is happening, you're doing photojournalism.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Fall #Hands #Space

  • I am not Spock. But given the choice, if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock. If someone said, "You can have the choice of being any other TV character ever played," I would choose Spock. I like him. I admire him. I respect him
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspiration #Character #Choices

  • Making photos is helpful of course to master the craft. To get comfortable with the camera. Learn what a camera can do and how to use the camera successfully. Doing exercises for example if you try to find out things that the camera can do that the eye cannot do. So that you have a tool that will do what you need to be done. But then once you have mastered the craft the most important thing is to determine why you want to shoot pictures and what you want to shoot pictures of. That's where the thematic issue comes to life.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Eye #Exercise #Issues

  • Boston was a great city to grow up in, and it probably still is. We were surrounded by two very important elements: academia and the arts. I was surrounded by theater, music, dance, museums. And I learned how to sail on the Charles River. So I had a great childhood in Boston. It was wonderful
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Art #Growing Up #Inspiration

  • I've been doing photography in one form or another for, oh golly, over seventy years. I don't carry cameras. I used to. For many years I carried cameras wherever I went. Photograph whatever I saw that was of interest. In the last years, I've only used cameras to explore thematic ideas which presented themselves first. And then bring out the cameras to try to explore that idea.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Photography #Years #Ideas

  • What mark will I leave behind? How will anyone know I have been here? What sign will tell the future traveler I existed? 'I am here! Today... I exist'. I believe the deepest impression is made in those moments when I can say 'I care, I love'.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Graduation #Believe #Care

  • Essentially, in photography, I think on two levels: one emotional and the other technical. The emotional impact has to do with looking for something dramatic happening in the photograph, something that reaches out and touches somebody in some way. And the technical is having to do with composition and framing - light and dark, light and shadow.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Photography #Dark #Emotional

  • May I say that I have not thoroughly enjoyed serving with humans? I find their illogic and foolish emotions a constant irritant
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspiration #May #Emotion

  • There are studies that tell us that stress and lack of self-image, lack of self-esteem, severe dieting, binge dieting and binge eating can also be very damaging to a body and bring on various kinds of abnormalities.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Self Esteem #Stress #Dieting

  • Rocket ships are exciting but so are roses on a birthday.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Rose #Rockets #Ships

  • In general, we are sort of conditioned to see a different body type as acceptable and maybe look away when the other body type arrives.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Different #Looks #Body

  • I think it's my adventure, my trip, my journey, and I guess my attitude is, let the chips fall where they may.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspirational #Travel #Attitude

  • There are a lot of photographers who have influenced me; some of the great ones, like Herb Ritts, Helmut Newton, and [Alfred] Stieglitz. I draw from all of them. You're supposed to steal from the good ones.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Herbs #Photographer #Newton

  • The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Success #Anniversary #Wise

  • It's nice to get off the couch, throw the clothes on, add a little make-up and go back to work, every once in a while.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Nice #Clothes #Add

  • I'm touched by the idea that when we do things that are useful and helpful - collecting these shards of spirituality - that we may be helping to bring about a healing.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspirational #Healing #Ideas

  • I love comedy. I'm not known for comedy, but I love it. I've done a lot of it, in my lifetime. But most people are surprised to hear that I made a funny movie.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #People #Done #Comedy

  • Without followers, evil cannot spread
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspiration #Evil #Followers

  • I've enjoyed photography, ever since I was a teenager, and I'm still at it. I've had shows in various cities, around the country, and I have a number of pieces in permanent collections in museums that I'm very proud of.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Photography #Country #Teenager

  • But if you're talking about fine art work, then I think you have to ask yourself some pretty deep questions about why it is you want to take pictures and what it is you want to say.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Art #Thinking #Talking

  • You know, for a long time I have been of the opinion that artists don't necessarily know what they're doing. You don't necessarily know what kind of universal concept you're tapping into.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Artist #Long #Doing You

  • The voice thing is a blessing that I was given. I've had opportunities to do voice work of all kinds. It was something that was given to me and I was able to make good use of it.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Blessing #Opportunity #Voice

  • Those who cannot hear an angry shout may strain to hear a whisper.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspirational #May #Angry

  • I don't have a preference for bad people, no. I have an interest in playing a broad range of characters. Obviously, I'm mostly identified with a character who is very responsible, very solid and very intelligent, but there are plenty of questionable characters in my past career. I'm interested in exploring theatricality and characters with some dimension.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Character #Intelligent #Past

  • For a period of time, I carried cameras with me wherever I went, and then I realized that my interest in photography was turning toward the conceptual. So I wasn't carrying around cameras shooting stuff, I was developing concepts about what I wanted to shoot. And then I'd get the camera angle and do the job
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Photography #Jobs #Inspiration

  • Spock is definitely one of my best friends. When I put on those ears, it's not like just another day. When I become Spock, that day becomes something special
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspiration #Special #My Best Friend

  • Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Insightful #Logic #Ends

  • Because I have known despair, I value hope. Because I have tasted frustration, I value fulfillment. Because I have been lonely, I value love.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Lonely #Frustration #Despair

  • I consider myself more spiritual than religious.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Spiritual #Religious

  • Most of my images have been done in-studio, under very controlled lighting conditions. There have been a few that have shot in nature, but even then they were shot almost exclusively at night, and again, under controlled lighting conditions
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspiration #Night #Done

  • I became enamored with photography when I was about 13 or 14 years old. I've been at it ever since. I studied seriously in the '70s
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Photography #Inspiration #Years

  • This time, there have been a lot of interesting discussions about the subject matter, and I've had a good time talking about it. And in some of the cases, I'm not just signing books - I'm showing slides and talking about the work
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Book #Inspiration #Talking

  • That's the most difficult issue for me - to find a subject that holds my interest long enough that I'm prepared to go to work and spend the time and energy to shoot the subject
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspiration #Issues #Long

  • I began working with a family camera. It was called a Kodak Autographic, which was one of those things where you flopped it open and pulled out the bellows. And I've been at it ever since - I've never stopped
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspiration #Cameras

  • I'm not an equipment nut. I tend to use whatever's at hand. I have several cameras, of course, but I'm not emotional about any of them
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspiration #Emotional #Hands

  • After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical, but is often true
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspiration #May #Logical

  • I've never understood the female capacity to avoid a direct answer to any question.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Female #Answers #Capacity

  • What fiction could match - in drama or suspense - man's first walk on the Moon?
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Drama #Moon #Men

  • Other times, you're doing some piece of work and suddenly you get feedback that tells you that you have touched something that is very alive in the cosmos.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Cosmos #Pieces #Alive

  • Art, if it is successful, needs no explanation. Star Trek and Spock, if they are works of art, can be discussed. But finally the response comes in individual terms. Each viewer sees what is there for him, depending on his frame of reference.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Art #Stars #Successful

  • I have a Master's Degree in photography as a fine art, and I would call my work primarily conceptual. I don't carry cameras with me wherever I go. I get an idea of a subject matter I want to deal with and I pull out my cameras
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Photography #Art #Inspiration

  • Art, if it is successful, needs no explanation.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Art #Successful #Needs

  • I am intrigued with scriptural mythology that tells us that God created a divine feminine presence to dwell amongst humanity. This concept has had a constant influence on the work. I have imagined her as ubiquitous, watchful, and often in motion. This work is, in effect, the photographic image of the invisible.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Humanity #Influence #Invisible

  • There was a very small crowd - minuscule compared to the crowd that he gathered later - at a private home in Los Angeles. And we were standing on the back patio, waiting for him. And he came through the house, saw me and immediately put his hand up in the Vulcan gesture. He said, 'They told me you were here.' We had a wonderful, brief conversation and I said, 'It would be logical if you would become president.'
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Home #Hands #House

  • It's all about trying to make the world and the universe a better place. I'm proud to be connected with it. I think we need that in our lives. We need ethical, heroic people trying to do the right thing to help others and to improve life on this planet and in the universe.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Helping Others #Thinking #People

  • How many times have we come away from an argument wishing we had said and done something different?
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Wish #Different #Done

  • The camera can capture thought in a way that's quite surprising and shocking. You can become very simple and minimal in your work and communicate a lot with just a finger or an eyebrow, or a look, or a glance.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Simple #Eyebrows #Cameras

  • I know where Im going, and I know where Ive been.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

  • Whatever we are we belong together. Wherever we are, we will find each other. Whoever we are we are forever one.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Forever #Together

  • Find out what it is that touches you most deeply. Pursue it, learn about it, explore it, expand on it. Live with it and nurture it.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Nurture #Pursue

  • I predict the future of this earthly human race is that having made a mess of Earth they'll move to outer space.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Moving #Future #Race

  • Because I have been lonely, I value love.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Lonely #Values

  • I think about myself as like an ocean liner that's been going full speed for a long distance, and the captain pulls the throttle back all the way to 'stop', but the ship doesn't stop immediately. It has its own momentum and it keeps on going, and I'm very flattered that people are still finding me useful
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Distance #Ocean #Inspiration

  • What I'm exploring right now is the subject of my own mortality, It's an area that I'm curious about, and I'm researching it to see if there's a photographic essay in it for me. If images don't start to come, I'll go to something else
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspiration #Curious #Mortality

  • Insufficient facts always invite danger.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Facts #Danger

  • Years ago - in the 70s, for about a decade - I carried a camera every place I went. And I shot a lot of pictures that were still life and landscape, using available light
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspiration #Light #Years

  • I did not move into developing or processing color. I stayed with black and white. I still think to this day that I prefer to work in black and white if it has to do with poetry or anything other than specific reality. I have worked in color when I thought it was the appropriate way to express the thought that I was working on
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Moving #Inspiration #Black And White

  • You proceed from a false assumption: I have no ego to bruise.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspiration #Ego #Bruises

  • For me it's all about personal vision; is there something about a subject that uniquely speaks to me.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Vision #Speak #Subjects

  • A neighborhood friend showed me how it was possible to go to a camera shop and pick up chemicals for pennies... literally... and develop your own film and make prints.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Cameras #Pennies #Film

  • The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Needs

  • I've been working with photography for many years.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Photography #Years

  • I became hooked on the idea of being able to shoot an image and process it myself, and end up with a product.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Ideas #Able #Ends

  • I'm attracted to images that come from a personal exploration of a subject matter. When they have a personal stamp to them, then I think it becomes identifiable.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Thinking #Matter #Exploration

  • I believe in goodness, mercy and charity. I believe in casting bread upon the waters.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Believe #Water #Casting

  • I've noticed that about your people, Doctor. You find it easier to understand the death of one than the death of a million. You speak about the objective hardness of the Vulcan heart, yet how little room there seems to be in yours.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Sympathy #Heart #Doctors

  • Hello, I'm Leonard Nimoy. The following tale of alien encounters is true. By true I mean false. It's all lies. But they're entertaining lies and in the end, isn't that the truth? The answer is no.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Lying #Mean #Answers

  • The book tour has been really interesting and very gratifying. I have not book toured before. I've never had quite as much pleasure, as much satisfaction.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Book #Inspiration #Interesting

  • Some words having to do with the death of the people in the World Trade Center attack had been added, and when I got to it, I had this overwhelmingly emotional experience. I struggled to get through the words; tears were streaming down my cheeks.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspiration #Emotional #People

  • My wife and I are affiliated with a temple here in Los Angeles. We feel very close to the congregation and to the rabbi, who happens to be my wife's cousin and who I admire greatly. I talk to him regularly but I consider myself more spiritual than religious.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Spiritual #Religious #Cousin

  • I deal with this spiritual issue every day - either shooting or processing or sorting or discussing or having conversations - I'm in constant contact with it.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Spiritual #Inspiration #Issues

  • Which is probably the reason why I work exclusively in black and white... to highlight that contrast.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Black And White #Reason #Contrast

  • I became involved in photography when I was about thirteen years old.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Photography #Inspiration #Years

  • I also do my own processing, so it means a big commitment in lab time.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspiration #Mean #Commitment

  • That is the exploration that awaits you! Not mapping stars and studying nebula, but charting the unknown possibilities of existence.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspirational #Stars #Nebula

  • I certainly don't live in a kosher home although I was raised in a kosher environment.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Home #Environment #Raised

  • Frankly, I was extremely jealous of his scenes with Zoe Saldana and I think it's totally unfair that I never got to do that. I will never forgive the writers and the director, for having put me in this position, to have to be watching that, rather than participating.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Jealous #Thinking #Forgiving

  • When you let me take I'm grateful. When you let me give I'm blessed.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspirational #Blessed #Grateful

  • The means of many outweigh the means of the few or one.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspirational #Mean

  • I use a computer. I don't know if that qualifies me as a techie, but I'm pretty good on the computer.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspirational #Use #Computer

  • Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively impose domination over others. Help a friend.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspirational #Bullying #Abuse

  • My folks came to U.S. as immigrants, aliens, and became citizens. I was born in Boston, a citizen, went to Hollywood and became an alien.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspirational #Boston #Hollywood

  • These are beautiful days. Folks ask what I'm doing. I tell them I'm doing family.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspirational #Beautiful #Beautiful Day

  • We are all children searching for love.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspirational #Inspirational Love #Children

  • I turned off the talking politicos. Too much jabbering at each other. Not enough care about humans.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspirational #Talking #Care

  • Greetings, I am pleased to see that we are different. May we together become greater than the sum of both of us.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspirational #Together #Different

  • Pablo Casals has this simple and sincere attitude of knowing where it's at - of saying, "This is the way it is." If I thought I could carry some of that into my life, I would be happy.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspirational #Attitude #Simple

  • Art functioning as propaganda is not art.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspirational #Art #Propaganda

  • If you chase two rabbits, you will lose them both.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Two #Rabbits

  • That's true, because I'm a photographer now.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Photography #Photographer

  • Mr. Spock : 'I began to study human behavior from an alien perspective, thinking, humans are interesting, sad, foolish, but worthy of study.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Thinking #Interesting #Perspective

  • I could not deprive you of the revelation of all that you could accomplish together, of a friendship that will define you both in ways you cannot yet realize
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspiration #Together #Way

  • My memory of those places is better than my pictures. That's why I get much more satisfaction out of shooting thematic work that has to do with an idea that I'm searching for, or searching to express.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Memories #Ideas #Shooting

  • In critical moments, men sometimes see exactly what they wish to see
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspiration #Men #Wish

  • Whatever I have given, I have gained.
    -- Leonard Nimoy

    #Inspirational #Given