Chris Hadfield // "I would love the opportunity to take everybody on 100 orbits of the world with me. To sit by the window of the Space Station...and just take the time to watch the world. It is immensely, startlingly beautiful. Each time you come around the world, the world has changed – the weather patterns have changed, the seasons have changed...and you develop an increasing understanding and awareness of the world, like watching something grow and flower. And, inevitably, somewhere along the way you start to lose your sense...of 'us' and 'them.' You lose that sense that the little square that you walk around in is the only one that matters. The more people who could see the immensity of it, the beauty of it, the patience of it, the age of it, the toughness of the world and the precious unique beauty of it...the better we would all be."
Pina Bausch // "Your fragility is also your strength."
Jorge Luis Borges // "Of all man’s instruments, the most wondrous...is the book. The other instruments are extensions of his body. The microscope, the telescope, are extensions of his sight; the telephone is the extension of his voice; then we have the plow and the sword, extensions of the arm. But the book is something else altogether: the book is an extension of memory and imagination."
Federico Fellini // "If there were a little more silence, if we all kept quiet...maybe we could understand something."
Elsie de Wolfe // "I am going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life."
Albert Schweitzer // "You must not expect anything from others. It's you, of yourself, of whom you must ask a lot. Only from oneself has one the right to ask everything and anything. This way it's up to you, your own choices. What you get from others remains...a gift."
Patti Smith // "I think I'm constantly in a state of adjustment."
James Baldwin // "Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety. And at such a moment, unable to see and not daring to imagine what the future will now bring forth, one clings to what one knew, or dreamed that one possessed. Yet, it is only when a man is able, without bitterness or self-pity, to surrender a dream he has long cherished or a privilege he has long possessed...that he is set free...for higher dreams, for greater privileges."
Bob Marley // "The people who are trying to make this world worse are not taking a day off. Why should I?"