Jimi Hendrix // "It's time for a new national anthem. America is divided into two definite divisions. The easy thing to cop out with is saying black and white. You can see a black person. But now to get down to the nitty-gritty. It's getting to be old and young...not the age, but the way of thinking. Old and new, actually...because there's so many even older people that took half their lives to reach a certain point that little kids understand now."
Jerry Seinfeld // "Keep your head up in failure, and your head down in success."
Vivian Maier // "Well I suppose nothing is meant to last forever. We have to make room for other people. It's a wheel...you get on, you have to go to the end, and then somebody else takes their place. Now I'm going to close and quickly run next door to do my work."
Charles Eames // "Take your pleasure seriously."
Haruki Murakami // "Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn't get in, and walk through it, step by step. There's no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones... And you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood... And once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about."
Anais Nin // "We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations."
Charlie Chaplin // "Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles."
Charles Bukowski // "Once again I hear somebody who is going to settle down and do their work, painting or writing or whatever, as soon as they get a better light installed, or as soon as they move to a new city, or as soon as they come back from the trip they have been planning, or as soon as... It's simple: they just don't want to do it, or they can't do it, otherwise they'd feel a burning itch from hell they could not ignore and "soon" would turn quickly into "now."
Katharine Hepburn // "I have no romantic feelings about age. Either you are interesting at any age or you are not. There is nothing particularly interesting about being old...or being young for that matter."