Seeking compensation for a client who had lost both arms in an accident, Levine surprised the court and jury, who were accustomed to long closing arguments, by painting a brief and emotionally devastating picture instead:
As you know, about an hour ago we broke for lunch. I saw the bailiff come and take you all as a group to have lunch in the jury room. Then I saw the defense attorney, Mr. Horowitz. He and his client decided to go to lunch together. The judge and court clerk went to lunch. So, I turned to my client, Harold, and said “Why don’t you and I go to lunch together?” We went across the street to that little restaurant and had lunch. (Significant pause.) Ladies and gentlemen, I just had lunch with my client. He has no arms. He has to eat like a dog. Thank you very much.
Levine reportedly won one of the largest settlements in the history of the state of New York.
Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.
“I understand that if I come to work at The New York Times, the needs of the many will frequently supersede the needs of the one.”
…the human mind seldom arrives at truth upon any subject till it has first reached the extremity of error.
…the popular association between feminism and the act of burning bras is a myth, according to Hill. “It relates back to the Miss America protest in 1968. The women who were protesting the Miss America Pageant had what they called a freedom trash can in which they threw a number of things; it wasn’t exclusively bras and girdles – though those made their way in – it was also high heeled shoes and cosmetics and women’s magazines. However there was no actual burning. I think there was one person in all of history who claimed, yes, they burned them but most people say it was more of a symbolic burning; it was throwing all these things into the trash can but, because of fire codes, nothing was actually burned.”
…as soon as you starting thinking in this moment consciously I am a rebel, you screw it all up. You know, this self-labeling is dangerous stuff. Just do what you do.
I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers.
I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential. I must focus on myself, my work and my friends. I shall no longer look at “NewsHour” every night. I shall no longer pay any attention to politics or arguments about global warming.
as heard on On Being
I go down to the shore in the morning
and depending on the hour the waves
are rolling in or moving out,
and I say, oh, I am miserable,
what should I do? And the sea says
in its lovely voice:
Excuse me, I have work to do.”
The statement we hear so often – ‘I like it, so I’m going to do it’ – is a confession that a person is not free.
His response changed my life. It was a simple thing. He said “Man, give it five minutes.”
The secret source of Humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humour in heaven.
Daily life astonishes me.
It has often been said that good design needs to start at the top—that the CEO needs to care about design as much as the designers themselves. People often observe that Steve Jobs brought this structure to Apple. But the reason that structure works isn’t because of a top-down mandate. It’s an all around mandate. Everyone cares.
I don’t want this sorrow to create a chain of hatred.
Germany has around 1,200 different types of sausage… Current estimates suggest that France can now offer around 400 cheeses. This is still outnumbered three to one by German sausages.
“Nothing can hurt me because I know who I am and what my faith is.”