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The future is already here, it’s just unevenly distributed.
–William Gibson

Information wants to be free. Information also wants to be expensive. That tension will not go away. - Stewart Brand

Why resist temptation- there will always be more.  -Don Herold

Bed before eleven, nuts before seven. -Dorothy Parker

Know thyself- but don't tell anyone. -H.F. Henrichs

The student must learn to waste time conscientiously. -Zen saying

The one regret I have in life is that I'm not someone else. -Woody Allen

Yeah. -Dee Dee Ramone

I feel good. -James Brown

I can live for two months on a good compliment. -Mark Twain

Lord give me chastity- but not yet. -St. Augustine

I never fall apart because I never fall together. -Andy Warhol

It's been a long time since I rock 'n' rolled. -Led Zeppelin

I ain't here on business, baby, I'm only here for fun. -Bruce Springsteen

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. -Colette

All happiness depends on is a leisurely breakfast. -John Gunther

We don't know one millionth of one percent about anything. -Thomas Edison

Life is subject to change without notice. -Richard Eaton

There may be more beautiful times, but this one is ours. -Jean-Paul Sartre

The idea is to die young as late as possible. -Ashley Montague

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together. -John Lennon

Body odor is the window to the soul. -David Byrne

Happy trails to you, until we meet again. -Roy Rogers

Don't talk about yourself; it will be done when you leave. -Wilson Mizner

Every single one of us has the devil inside. -INXS

If you can't convince them, confuse them. -Harry S. Truman

You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.-Bob Dylan

Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said. -Mel Brooks

No one who had any sense has ever liked school. -Lord Boothby

Never let a fool kiss you or a kiss fool you. -Joey Adams

I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it. - Edgar Allen Poe

No one loves me but my mother, and she could be jivin' too. - B.B. King

I respect faith but doubt is what gets you an education. -Wilson Mizner

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.-William Butler Yeats

Conceit is God's gift to little men. -Bruce Barton

To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself. -Albert Einstein

Out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing was ever made. -Immanuel Kant

Now is the winter of our discontent...-Shakespeare (Richard III)

You can observe a lot just by watching. -Yogi Berra

I got soul, and I'm superbad. -James Brown

Money doesn't exist because I don't recognize it. -Bob Dylan

Curiosity has its own reason. -Albert Einstien

Men tire themselves out in the pursuit of rest. -Laurence Sterne

God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won't. -Alfred Korzybski

Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative. -Maurice Chevalier

The trouble with being punctual is that there is no one there to appreciate it. - Franklin Jones

A simple life is its own reward. -George Santayana

When you are up to your ears, keep your mouth shut. -P.L. Stewart

What moral is what you feel good after. -Ernest Hemingway

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken christian. -Herman Melville

I try to treat you like an artist.  And all you want to do is fix toilets. -Ralph Lombreglia

No one in the world ever gets what they want, and that is beautiful. -They Might Be Giants

K mart sucks. -RainMan

Once you buy a prize, it's yours to keep. -Pat Sajak

Whoever named it necking was a poor judge of anatomy. -Groucho Marx

I wasn't really naked.   I simply didn't have any clothes on. -Josephine Baker

While there is time, let's go out and do everything. -Steve Winwood

Sometimes to keep it together you have to leave it alone. -The Eagles

There's still time to change the road you're on. -Robert Plant

I can evade questions without help; what I need is answers. -John F. Kennedy

When you win, nothing hurts. -Joe Namath

Everyone has his hangovers. -Dick Dyas, Jr.

Yes, now you're gone and from this moment on, I'll be crying over you. -Roy Orbison

Baby, I wants to be loved. -Muddy Waters

Either way it's OK; you wake up with yourself. -Billy Joel

I'm sticking with you, 'cause I'm made out of glue. -The Velvet Underground

He gave her a look you could have poured on a waffle. -Ring Lardner

Happy endings make me puke. -Roman Polanski

It is a very Grand thing to be an Afternoon. -Winnie-the-Pooh

This writing stuff.  Pencils and what-not.  Over-rated, if you ask me. -Eeyore

I drink when I have occasion and sometimes when I have no occasion. -Miguel Cervantes

All the things I really like to do are either immoral, illegal or fattening. -Alexander Woollcott

You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on. -Dean Martin

We're on a mission from God. -Elwood Blues

There will be no rock 'n' roll in hell. -Duffy Strode

Hey Rocky...watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat! -Bullwinkle

History repeats itself.  That's one of the things wrong with history. -Clarence Darrow

There's no gnus like good gnus. -Garry Gnu

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length. -Robert Frost

A pathetic display of ignorance from the start

Baby ducks are cute.  I want to be exotic. -Annie Savoy

When life is too much, roll with it, baby. -Steve Winwood

Renounce all those material things you gained by exploiting other human beings. -Tracy Chapman

Reality is the leading cause of stress among those who are in touch with reality. -C. Everett Koop

If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life. -Brooke Shields

In my heart, I know I'm funny. -Good Morning Vietnam

The courtside seats belong to the kids. -Dick Vitale

It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing Milk Bone underwear. -Norm Peterson

Boredom is the bitter fruit of too much routine or none at all. -Brendan Francis

Too much of a good thing is wonderful. -Mae West

Thou art to me a delicious torment. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Forgive your enemies- nothing annoys them so much. -Oscar Wilde

Maybe this planet is another planet's hell. -Aldous Huxley

Excessive caution can sometimes lead one as far astray as rash enthusiasm. -Donald Griffin

It's good to be king. -History of the World, Part I

There's nothing I hate more than nothing. -Edie Brickell

I tell you folks, all politics is apple sauce. -Will Rogers

That's the news and (we are) outta here. -Dennis Miller

One disadvantage of having nothing to do is that you can't stop and take a break. -F.P. Jones

It's the beginning of a new age. -The Velvet Underground

Hell, I never vote  for anybody, I always vote against. -W.C. Fields

The impulse to acquisition, pursuit of gain, of money, of the greatest possible amount of money, has in itself nothing to do with capitalism. -Max Weber

Career opportunities are the ones that never knock. -The Clash

I'm tired of the excuses everybody uses. -10,000 Maniacs

Anything's within walking distance if you have the time. -Steven Wright

I gotta go where it's warm. -Jimmy Buffett

One of the greatest labor-saving inventions of today is tomorrow. -Vincent T. Foss

We all go a little  mad sometimes. -Norman Bates

You can't let other people get your kicks for you. -Bob Dylan

You can't always trust your mother. -Lou Reed

Art is anything you can get away with. -Marshall McLuhan

It's not impossible.  I used to bull's-eye womprats in my T-16 back home. -Luke Skywalker

It's better to burn out than to fade away. -Neil Young

I'll be taking these Huggies and whatever cash you got. -Raising Arizona

It takes a heap of sense to write good nonsense. -Mark Twain

I didn't drink enough to get drunk.  I drank enough to get sick. -Lawrence Taylor

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. -Charles Dudley Warner

Good Grief! -Charlie Brown

Though this be madness, yet there is method in't. -Shakespeare

If a man hasn't discovered something to die for, he isn't fit to live. -Martin Luther King Jr.

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today. -Malcolm X

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. -James Baldwin

I took a courageous stand against 8 o'clock classes. - Jeff MacNelly

There seems to be so much more winter than we need this year. -Kathleen Norris

You've got to learn to live with what you can't rise above. -Bruce Springsteen

Any press is good press. -Vanna White

A great many open minds should be closed for repairs. -Toledo Blade2

If you can't trust Mars Blackman, who can you trust? -Spike Lee

We don't take requests, and I hate that song. -Michael Stipe

When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course. -Peter Drucker

Hasta la vista, baby. -Tone-Loc

We can't all and some of us don't.  That's all there is to it. -Eeyore

A flute without holes is not a flute but a doughnut without a hole is a danish.  -"Caddyshack"

Too much of a good thing is simply wonderful. -Liberace

You can't drown yourself in drink.  I've tried:  you float. -John Barrymore

We think in generalities, we live in detail. -Alfred North Whitehead

It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back. -Mick Jagger

No one can tell me that I'm doing wrong. -James Taylor

I've never been in love; I don't know what it is. -Jane

Cubs win! Cubs win! Cubs win! -Harry Caray

If ever we needed a brain, now is the time. -Squiggy Squiggman

Oh, bother! -Winnie the Pooh

Ain't nobody never told you to quit. -William Faulkner

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality - Plutarch

So much to do, so much to be. -Winnie the Pooh

Nobody can explain a dragon. -Ursula K LeGuin

It's a Mr. Death, or something.  He's come about the reaping. -Graham Chapman

Anyone who thinks there's safety in numbers hasn't looked at the stock market pages. -Irene Peter

If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it. -Ernest Hemingway

It's never as good as it looks, and it's never as bad as it seems. -Mack Brown

It's not the great temptations that ruin us; it is the little ones. -John W. DeForest

God doesn't want his people to go second-class. -Jim Bakker

Always remember to phrase your answer in the form of a question. -Alex Trebek

When God made me a Yankee, He was teasin'.  -The Indigo Girls

No way. -Wayne

Way. -Garth

Time is what keeps everything from happening at once. -Ray Cummings

Sleep is overrated.-Sean Wilkinson

I believe in sex and death- two experiences that come once in a lifetime. -Woody Allen

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. - Seneca

Have you ever danced with the Devil in the pale moonlight? -The Joker

How could I possibly be expected to handle school on a day like this.-Ferris Beuller

I'm just glad I don't live in a trailer. -Jimmy Buffet

If I graded my team right now I would give it an A+ -Mike Krzyzewski

This is what entertainment is all about- idiots, explosives and falling anvils. -Calvin

The more the change, the more it is the same thing. -Alphonse Karr

Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead. -Chinese Proverb

The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play.  -Captain Kirk

And now for something completely different. -Monty Python

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes it rains. -'Nuke' LaLoosh

Don't have a cow, man. -Bart Simpson

Never eat more than you can lift. -Miss Piggy

There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want. -Calvin

Men will listen to anything if they think it's foreplay. -Annie Savoy,'Bull Durham'

TV -chewing gum for the eyes. -Frank Lloyd Wright

How dry I am!  How dry I am!  Nobody knows how dry I am! -Anonymous

To err is human -but it feels divine. -Mae West

You still have a shark problem. -Richard Dreyfuss in "Jaws"

It is a bawdy planet. -William Shakespeare

The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea. - Isak Dinesen

It happens every time.  They all turn into blueberrries. -Willy Wonka

I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception. -Groucho Marx

You must call me Streetcar because of my desire for you. -Pepe Le Peu

Reality is a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs. -Lily Tomlin

I awoke; therefore, I slept. -Pepper's Pizza window

You'd better be right Elvis. -Sam Malone

Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can.  -Danny Kaye

(Punk rock is) lunging after some glimpse of a new and better world.  -Lester Bangs

I think that I will never see a billboard lovely as a tree. -Ogden Nash

One good turn gets most of the sheets. -Unknown

You can't trust your eyes if your imagination's out of focus.  -Mark Twain

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression. – Clay Shirky

Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.  -John Lennon

I am not young enough to know everything. - Oscar Wilde

My experience is what I agree to attend to. - William James

To believe that you have the solution for another person is a form of stupidity. - Jean-Louis Deneubourg

Not all those who wander are lost. -JRR Tolkien

At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough. - Toni Morrison

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten. -G.K. Chesterton

On writing. It's like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights illuminate, but you can make the whole trip that way, you see. -EL Doctorow

Truth may be stranger than fiction, but never as strange as lies (or as true). -John Hodgeman

Reality, while generally probable, is not always interesting. -John Hodgeman

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you in trouble, it’s what you know for sure that ain’t so. -Mark Twain

Still waters run deep.
-Latin proverb

 To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.
-Chinese proverb

The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.
-Chinese proverb

The story has been told. If it was bad, it was my fault, because I am the storyteller. But if it was good, it belongs to everybody.
-Swahili proverb

The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
-Nelson Henderson

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what is next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows, we guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark. —Agnes De Mille

Where the myth fails, human love begins. Then we love a human being, not our dream, but a human being with flaws. - Anais Nin

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt

You come into this world with nothing and the purpose of your life is to make something out of nothing.
-HL Mencken

"Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one."
– Voltaire

"No worthy problem is ever solved within the plane of its original conception." -Albert Einstein

The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. -Oscar Wilde

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -Arthur C. Clarke

Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced. -Gregory Benford

“Science fiction makes the implausible possible, while science fantasy makes the impossible plausible.”
-Rod Sterling

The reason why truth is so much stranger than fiction is that there is no requirement for it to be consistent. -Mark Twain

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of geese.  -G.K. Chesterton

He weeps because he has but one small tongue to taste the world. -The Tick

"If I can't have a proper cup of coffee from a proper copper pot
Then I want a cup of tea." -Troutfishing in America (this is a TONGUE TWISTER)

"Look at the symbols, they are alive,
They move, evolve and they die." -- stereolab

"First truck called a 'pick-up' was an International Harvester S in 1921." -L.M. Boyd

"Chopsticks or no chopsticks, it was the Chinese who first used knives and forks." -L.M. Boyd

"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be." -Abraham Lincoln

"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is a privilege to prepare the place where someone else will sleep. -Elizabeth Jolley

"Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught hell for." -Earl Warren

"I'm not confused, I'm just well-mixed." -Robert Frost

"Try again. Fail again. Try better." -Samuel Beckett

"Your style is formed by what you can't do." -Larry Gelbart

"One must feel chaos within to give birth to a dancing star."  -Nietzsche

"There is another world, and it is in this one." -Paul Eluard

"The sum of a man's problems come from his inability to be alone in a silent room."
-Blaise Pascal

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. - Oscar Wilde

There is less here than meets the eye. - Dorothy Parker

We tell ourselves stories in order to live. - Joan Didion

Confusion is the sweat of learning. -Rhett Allain

Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn. -John Maxwell

Never waste a crisis. It can be turned to joyful transformation.
-Rahm Israel Emanuel

My experience is what I agree to attend to. - William James

What I remember hardly happened; what they say happened I hardly remember.
-Linda Pastan

"There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." -Albert Einstein

"Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either." -Marshall McLuhan

“In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.” -Eric Hoffer

"Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is staggering." -Arthur C Clarke

"Water is H2O, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing, that makes it water and nobody knows what that is." - D.H. Lawrence

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what is next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows, we guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark. —Agnes De Mille

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. – Arthur C. Clarke

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. - Confucius

I was not; I was; I am not; I do not care. - Epicurian epitaph

I secretly assumed, as poets do,
The duty on me to define the moon. -Jorge Luis Borges

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. - Shakespeare

"Soon Dawn appeared and touched the sky with roses." - from Emily Wilson's translation of Homer's Odyssey

"Silence is not the absence of something but the presence of everything." - Gordon Hempton

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." - Victor Hugo

"It's what you don't play, you know." -Miles Davis

"It can’t be any new note. When you look at the keyboard, all the notes are there
already. But if you mean a note enough, it will sound different. You got to pick the notes you really mean!” -Thelonius Monk

"Funny thing about the blues - you play 'em cause you got 'em. But when you play 'em, you lose 'em."
-Buddy Guy

“The public has seen too many trains, trams, and autobuses. And with the exception of a few films whose humor is too French to please the British, one could say that no one up to now has begun to exploit the possibilities of moving pictures, to make us laugh, cry, or be amazed.”
– Robert W. Paul, British film pioneer, 1898

A little boy wrote, “I love your book, you’re great,” and then he drew a little picture . . . And I wrote back and I drew him a little picture and then I got a letter from his mother and she said, “Edward liked your letter so much - he at it.” It was like the ultimate compliment. He didn’t preserve it. He didn’t say, “Oh, I have an autographed picture.” He ate it. I mean, that’s how primal, that how animalistic, that’s how passionate we are as small people. - Maurice Sendak

"Long experience has taught me that the cruz of my fortunes is whether I can radiate good will toward my audience. There is only one way to do it and that is to feel it. You can fool the eyes and minds of the audience, but you cannot fool their hearts." -Howard Thurston

"Be patient. Your future will come to you and lie down at your feet like a dog who knows and loves you no matter what you are. And the dog of my future lying at my feet is snoring now." -Kurt Vonnegut

“Color is the keyboard. The eye is the hammer, while the soul is a piano of many strings. The artist is the hand through which the medium of different keys causes the human soul to vibrate.”
-Vasily Kandinsky

"I learn by going where I have to go." - Theodore Roethke

“A hen is only an egg’s way for making another egg.” – Samuel Butler

"If it catches you sneaking out, boredom will try to talk you into taking your phone. If you do, you'll be taking boredom with you." - Lynda Barry

"To think that realistic fiction is by definition superior to imaginative fiction is to think imitation is superior to invention." - Ursula K. Le Guin

"There is only one story in the world and it pulls two ways. There is the reason part that says, ‘Hell, it can’t be,’ and there is the wonder part that says, ‘Hell, maybe it is.’" - R.A. Lafferty

"Critical thinking without hope is cynicism, but hope without critical thinking is naivete." - Maria Popova

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry." — W.B. Yeats

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
-George Bernard Shaw

In spite of illness, in spite even of the arch-enemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.
-Edith Wharton

Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final
-Rainer Maria Rilke

A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
-John Keats

The tide rises, the tide falls,
The twilight darkens, the curlew calls;
Along the sea-sands damp and brown
The traveller hastens toward the town,
And the tide rises, the tide falls.

Darkness settles on roofs and walls,
But the sea, the sea in the darkness calls;
The little waves, with their soft, white hands,
Efface the footprints in the sands,
And the tide rises, the tide falls.

The morning breaks; the steeds in their stalls
Stamp and neigh, as the hostler calls;
The day returns, but nevermore
Returns the traveller to the shore,
And the tide rises, the tide falls.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
- Mary Oliver

If you drive past horses and don't say horses
you're a psychopath. If you see an airplane
but don't point it out. A rainbow,
a cardinal, a butterfly. If you don't
whisper-shout albino squirrel! Deer!
Red fox! If you hear a woodpecker
and don't shush everyone around you
into silence. If you find an unbroken
sand dollar in a tide pool. If you see
a dorsal fin breaking the water.
If you see the moon and don't say
oh my god look at the moon. If you smell
smoke and don't search for fire.
If you feel yourself receding, receding,
and don't tell anyone until you're gone.
- Maggie Smith

I am not I.
I am this one
walking beside me whom I do not see,
whom at times I manage to visit,
and whom at other times I forget;
who remains calm and silent while I talk,
and forgives, gently, when I hate,
who walks where I am not,
who will remain standing when I die.
-Juan Ramon Jimenez

In life we are all actors.  Some people get larger roles, but the stars
of the show are those who truly live in their character no matter how long
or how many lines they have.

It's turtles all the way down.

You ask of my companions.
Hills, sir, and the sundown,
and a dog as large as myself
that my father bought me.
They are better than beings,
because they know,
but they do not tell.
-Emily Dickinson

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun,
or fester like a sore and then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat,
or crust and sugar over like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
-- Langston Hughes

We must be humble. We are so easily baffled by appearances
And do not realise that these stones are one with the stars.
It makes no difference to them whether they are high or low,
Mountain peak or ocean floor, palace, or pigsty.
There are plenty of ruined buildings in the world but no ruined
-Hugh McDiarmid

At the end, he said, No metaphors! Nothing is like anything else. Except he said to me before he said that, Make your hands a hammock for me. So there was one.
He said, Not even the rain—he quoted the poet—not even the rain has such small hands. So there was another.
At the end, I wanted to comfort him. But what I said was, Sing to it. The Arab proverb: When danger approaches, sing to it.
Except I said to him before I said that, No metaphors! No one is like anyone else. And he said, Please.
So—at the end, I made my hands a hammock for him.
My arms the trees.
-Amy Hempel

Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single
friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore
I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds
or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way of
praying, as you no doubt have yours.
Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit
on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds,
until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost
unhearable sound of the roses singing.
If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love
you very much.
-Mary Oliver

"Where does a story begin? The fiction is that they do, and end, rather than that the stuff of a story is just a cup of water scooped from the sea and poured back into it." -Rebecca Solnit

"Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don't bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: "It's not where you take things from - it's where you take them to."
- Jim Jarmusch

"Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow."
- Kurt Vonnegut

“When people thought the Earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the Earth was spherical they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the Earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the Earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together.”
-Isaac Asimov

"The known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land, to add something to the extent and the solidity of our possessions."
-Thomas Henry Huxley

"Today a little more land may belong to the sea, tomorrow a little less. Always the edge of the sea remains an elusive and indefinable boundary."
- Rachel Carson

“Some people have a lot farther to go from where they begin to get to where they want to be–a long way up the mountain, and that is how it has been for me. I don’t feel I am getting older; I feel I am getting closer.”
- D. H. Lawrence

Fable has strong shoulders that carry far more truth than fact can.
-Number Ten Ox

The world of men is a world of incomprehension. Our senses are woefully limited. Our brains are but tiny candles flickering in an infinity of darkness. Our only wisdom is to admit that we cannot understand, and since we cannot understand we must do the best we can with faith, which is our only talent. The greatest act of faith we are capable of is that of loving another more than we love ourselves, and occasionally we can be quite good at it.
-Li Kao

A generous heart should never disguise its thoughts, but willingly reveal its inmost depths. It is either all good, or at least all human.
-Michel de Montaigne

Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. -Fred Rogers

In the painting of mountains, ping yuan [pespective on the level] should be observed. This is also true of painting water. When the wind subsides, waves and ripples calm down. When the cloud parts, the moon emerges. The moonlit mists are vast and boundless, and the eye cannot see their limits. Rivers, seas, brooks, and ponds all in one moment may suddenly become cold, calm, and silent. Thus the nature of still waters may be revealed.
-Wang Gai

A good day is when no one shows up and you don't have to go anywhere. -Burt Shavitzll

The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. – W.B. Yeats

Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives. - Toni Morrison

There are things known, and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors. -Jim Morrison

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. -Philip K. Dick

Humans get smarter the more things they experience. -Jennifer Macalady

Lord, we ain’t what we want to be; we ain’t what we ought to be; we ain’t what we gonna be, but, thank God, we ain’t what we was.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Not doing the things that nobody never thought of not doing. -Anonymous




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