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Iris Murdoch // "Hope calmly and believe in love."

Photo of Albert Camus

Albert Camus // "Life is short, and it is sinful to waste one’s time. They say I’m active…but being active is still wasting one’s time if in doing one loses oneself. Today is a resting time, and my heart goes off in search of itself."

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Oscar Wilde // "The moment that an artist takes notice of what other people want, and tries to supply the demand, he ceases to be an artist."

Photo of Nina Simone

Nina Simone // "I have to constantly re-identify myself to myself, reactivate my own standards, my own convictions about what I’m doing and why."

Photo of Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka // "I never wish to be easily defined. I’d rather float over other people’s minds as something strictly fluid and non-perceivable; more like a transparent, paradoxically iridescent creature rather than an actual person."

Photo of Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki // "Whenever someone creates something with all of their heart, then that creation is given a soul."

Photo of Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley // "The most audacious thing I could possibly state in this day and age is that life is worth living. It’s worth being bashed against. It’s worth getting scarred by. It’s worth pouring yourself over every one of its hot coals."

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Hunter S. Thompson // "A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance... You have no choice but to accept things as they are, or to seriously seek something else... But beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living within that way of life. But you say, 'I don’t know where to look; I don’t know what to look for.' And there’s the crux. Is it worth giving up what I have to look for something better? I don’t it? Who can make that decision but you? But even by deciding to look, you go a long way toward making the choice."

Photo of John Lennon

John Lennon // "People think you want them to do something or say something don’t. You just want them to be themselves, so you can be yourself."

Photo of Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg // "To gain your own voice, forget about having it heard."

Photo of Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe // "I restore myself when I’m alone. A career is born in public, talent in privacy."

Photo of Henry Miller

Henry Miller // "Some day I am going to own a few feet of earth somewhere and put a house over it. Just one big room will do, with a stove and a basin of water, a huge desk, a bookcase and an easel. Then life can go rolling by, and what floats in through my door will be sufficient for me."