Anne Sexton // "Sometimes the soul takes pictures of things it has wished for, but never seen."
Maurice Ravel // "I did my work slowly, drop by drop. I tore it out of me by pieces."
Bob Dylan // "I had ambitions to set out and find…like an odyssey or going home somewhere…set out to find this home that I'd left a while back and couldn't remember exactly where it was, but I was on my way there. And encountering what I encountered on the way was how I envisioned it all. I didn't really have any ambition at all. I was born very far from where I'm supposed to be, and so, I'm on my way home, you know?"
Wendell Berry // "It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey."
Jim Jarmusch // "All people are interesting, you just don't know it. You don't know if your bus driver might be a painter. Never judge what people are. The world has infinite mysteries and strange things. Be open to them."
Yukio Mishima // "What transforms this world is knowledge. Do you see what I mean? Nothing else can change anything in this world. Knowledge alone is capable of transforming the world, while at the same time leaving it exactly as it is. When you look at the world with knowledge, you realize that things are unchangeable and at the same time are constantly being transformed."
Bob Dylan // "You have to know that you're the best whether anybody else tells you that or not. And that you'll be around, in one way or another, longer than anybody else. Somewhere inside of you, you have to believe that."
Leonard Cohen // "You live your life as if it’s real... The evidence accumulates that you’re not running the show. You still have to make choices as if you were running the show, but you make your choices with the intuitive understanding that it’s unfolding as it must... And if you can relax in that...if you can even touch it, or if it asserts itself from time to time, then the invincible defeat is transcended."
Thomas Bernhard // "Art altogether is nothing but a survival skill, we should never lose sight of this fact, it is, time and again, just an attempt…an attempt that seems touching even to our intellect…to cope with this world and its revolting aspects… All these pictures…are an expression of man's absolute helplessness in coping with himself and with what surrounds him all his life. That is what all these pictures express, this helplessness which, on the one hand, embarasses the intellect and, on the other hand, bewilders the same intellect and moves it to tears."
Nina Simone // "I had spent many years pursuing excellence...now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important."
Leo Tolstoy // "Once we're thrown off our habitual paths, we think all is lost, but it's only here that the new and the good begins."
Viktor Frankl // "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."