Andy Warhol // "Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, "So what." "My mother didn't love me." So what... "I'm a success but I'm still alone." So what. I don't know how I made it through all the years before I learned how to do that trick. It took a long time for me to learn it, but once you do, you never forget."
Albert Einstein // "When we survey our lives...we soon observe that almost the whole of our actions and desires are bound up with the existence of other human beings... We eat food that others have grown, wear clothes that others have made, live in houses that others have built. The greater part of our knowledge and beliefs has been communicated to us by other people through...language which others have created. Without language our mental capacities would be poor indeed... The individual, if left alone from birth would remain primitive and beast-like in his thoughts and feelings to a degree that we can hardly conceive. The individual is what he is and has the significance that he has, not so much in virtue of his individuality, but rather as a member of a great human society..."
Andrei Tarkovsky // "Weakness is a great thing...strength is nothing. When a man is just born, he is weak and flexible. When he dies, he is hard and insensitive. When a tree is growing, it's tender and pliant. But when it's dry and hard, it dies. Hardness and strength are death's companions. Pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being...what has hardened will never win."
Ai Weiwei // “I want people to see their own power.”
Kim Novak // "You can talk about life...or you can live it."
Cillian Murphy // "I suppose I've always been attracted to this sort of outsider in general...to the person that is able to be relentlessly themselves."
David Bowie // “Maybe I’m insane...but I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.”
Roald Dahl // "I was glad my father was an eye-smiler. It meant he never gave me a fake smile because it's impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren't feeling twinkly yourself. A mouth-smile is different. You can fake a mouth-smile any time you want, simply by moving your lips. I've also learned that a real mouth-smile always has an eye-smile to go with it. So watch out...when someone smiles at you but the eyes stay the same. It's sure to be a phony."
Justin Vernon // "I was by myself for a pretty long time. I needed to do that. I think everyone that I know has wanted to do that or needed to do that at some point. I think when you spend enough time when it’s quiet around you and you don’t open your mouth for three or four days, there’s parts of your brain that can kind of rest. I think when we’re out in the world and we have to talk to people, we edit ourselves. You know, we have to like, act a little bit. As honest as we may be as humans, when we’re out here, we’re all kind of wearing mirrors on our faces. You know, constantly reacting to how to react to the people around you. And I think when you’re alone for a long enough time, you can feel a lot more peace."