Photo of Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan // "I was born very far from where I’m supposed to be, and so, I’m on my way home, you know?"

Photo of Charles Eames

Charles Eames // "The most important thing is that you love what you are doing, and the second is that you are not afraid of where your next idea will lead."

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 Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson // "Every man is the sum total of his reactions to experience. As your experiences differ and multiply, you become a different man, and hence your perspective changes. This goes on and on... So it would seem foolish, would it not, to adjust our lives to the demands of a goal we see from a different angle every day? How could we ever hope to accomplish anything... The answer, then, must not deal with goals at all... We do not strive to be firemen, we do not strive to be bankers, nor policemen, nor doctors. WE STRIVE TO BE OURSELVES. But don’t misunderstand me. I don’t mean that we can’t BE firemen, bankers, or doctors...but that we must make the goal conform to the individual, rather than make the individual conform to the goal... 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."

Photo of Lightnin' Hopkins

Lightnin' Hopkins // "People have learned how to strum a guitar, but they don't have the soul. They don't feel it from the heart. It hurts me. I'm killin' myself to tell them how it is."

Photo of William S. Burroughs

William S. Burroughs // "Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax..."

Photo of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe

Patti Smith (& Robert Mapplethorpe) // "It's a dark period now... I think that true artists just have to keep doing their work, keep struggling, and keep hold of their vision. Because being a true artist is its own reward. If that's what you are, then you're always that. You could be locked away in a prison with no way at all to communicate what's in there, but you're still an artist. The imagination and the ability to transform is what makes one an artist. So young artists who feel overwhelmed by everything have to almost downscale. They have to go all the way to this kernel and believe in themselves, and that's what Robert gave me. He believed in that kernel I had, you know, with absolute unconditional belief. And if you believe it, you'll have that your whole life, through the worst times."

Photo of Anne Sexton

Anne Sexton // "Watch out for intellect, because it knows so much it knows nothing and leaves you hanging upside down, mouthing knowledge as your heart falls out of your mouth."

Photo of Keith Richards

Keith Richards // "To me, life is a wild animal. You hope to deal with it when it leaps at you."

Photo of Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf // "It is poetry that I want now...long poems; I want the concentration, and the romance, and the words all glued together, fused, glowing."

Photo of David Lynch

David Lynch // "Life is filled with abstractions and the only way we make heads or tails of it is through intuition. Intuition is seeing the solution. It’s emotion and intellect going together."