It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll; I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
When a trait is universal, evolutionary biologists look for a genetic explanation and wonder how that gene or genes might enhance survival or reproductive success.
Pride is about the ugliest trait somebody can have.
If you go back, 'The Great Gatsby' would be a portrait of the rich and fortune made by business.
I think in the end, when you're famous, people like to narrow you down to a few personality traits. I think I've just become this ambitious, say-whatever's-on-her-mind, intimidating person. And that's part of my personality, but it's certainly not anywhere near the whole thing.
A true portrait should, today and a hundred years from today, the Testimony of how this person looked and what kind of human being he was.
While I was growing up, all the boys used to be my buddies. I never got that special kind of attention from them, and I was the tomboy around. Although I've become an actress today, I still have those traits.
Indeed, the best way to think of willpower is not as some shapeless behavioral trait but as a sort of psychic muscle, one that can atrophy or grow stronger depending on how it's used.
I do think the past changes at a slower rate. It sits a little more still for its portrait.
Thus the genetic basis to the origin of bird species is to be sought in the inheritance of adult traits that are subject to natural and sexual selection.
The theory of founder effects does not explain how novel features like plumage traits arise.
'The Portrait of Dorian Grey' beautifully articulates how the altruistic part of ourselves clashes with our essentially narcissistic state.
I have always loved reading, so was interested in the literary world, and took many literary portraits.
The screenwriters I know share a few personality traits and one of them is anxiety.
Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits, but you accept everybody just because they're alive and human.
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