"I'm a big believer in acts of kindness, no matter how small."
"The Irish Catholic side was married to the life of an actor and I found out acting could be a form of prayer."
"It's interesting, the more successful you become the more people want to give you stuff for nothing."
"It's extraordinary to look into a baby's face and see a piece of your flesh and your spirit. It makes you realize you are a part of the human race."
"I offer my performance as prayer for someone I've worked with as an actor or someone who has died. The image that comes into my head as I walk to the stage, I offer that performance up for that person."
"There's no greatest moment in the arts. It's a life; it's a continuity thing. You can't have a great moment because it's spiritual. It's a belief; it's a calling. If you're an artist, doing your own thing on your own, it's while you're doing it that counts. It's a process. If you get too elated, you can get too depressed."
"I had a lot of hatred, but I realized that kind of hate didn't do much. I had to start fueling myself with pride. We owe the ancestors that. So many of the souls who died in bondage just want us to recognize their struggle."
"There's more beauty on Earth than I can bear."
"When we lose contact, we see only hate, only injustice, a giant so great its shadow blocks our sun."
"Miracles happen all the time. We're here, aren't we?"
"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results."
"When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around."
"We create our own unhappiness. The purpose of suffering is to help us understand we are the ones who cause it."
"Nothing in the universe can travel at the speed of light, they say, forgetful of the shadow's speed."
"A teacher is a person who never says anything once."
"Both poet and painter want to reach the silence behind the language, the silence within the language. Both painter and poet want their work to shine not only in daylight but (by whatever illusionist magic) from within."
"It may be said that poems are in one way like icebergs: only about a third of their bulk appears above the surface of the page."
"Shakespeare tells the same stories over and over in so many guises that it takes a long time before you notice."
"Those who truly love us will never knowingly ask us to be other than we are."
"The further I wake into this life, the more I realize that God is everywhere and the extraordinary is waiting quietly beneath the skin of all that is ordinary. Light is in both the broken bottle and the diamond, and music is in both the flowing violin and the water dripping from the drainage pipe. Yes, God is under the porch as well as on top of the mountain, and joy is in both the front row and the bleachers, if we are willing to be where we are."