It is possible that our race may be an accident, in a meaningless universe, living its brief life uncared for, on this dark, cooling star but even so and all the more what marvelous creatures we are What fairy story, what tale from the Arabian Nights of the jinns, is a hundredth part as wonderful as this true fairy story of simians It is so much more heartening, too, than the tales we invent. A universe capable of giving birth to many such accidents is blind or not a good world to live in, a promising universe.... We once thought we lived on God's footstool, it may be a throne.
Quality is never an accident it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution it represents the wise choice of many alternatives, the cumulative experience of many masters of craftsmanship. Quality also marks the search for an ideal after necessity has been satisfied and mere usefulness achieved.
America was discovered accidentally by a great seaman who was looking for something else when discovered it was not wanted and most of the exploration for the next fifty years was done in the hope of getting through or around it. America was named after a man who discovered no part of the New World. History is like that, very chancy.
I broke my leg after doing the first four days of A Midsummer's Night Dream at Big Bear in a toboggan accident where I was almost killed. I was in the front of the toboggan with three big guys in back of me with a lot of inertia of the heavy weight, and my foot slipped off the toboggan, went right in the snow and split me up the middle. If it hadn't broken my femur at the exact time, I would have been killed.... While I was recuperating there (Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital) to get back on the set of A Midsummer's Night Dream they were waiting for me where I did that entire picture in a plaster of Paris cast covered up by Olivia De Havilland's dress ... while I'm at the Presbyterian Hospital and I'm recuperating, my wife (Jan) is born on the 6th floor. Now that's a billion-to-one shot.