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Carl Sagan // "Present global culture is a kind of arrogant newcomer. It arrives on the planetary stage following four and a half billion years of other acts, and after looking about for a few thousand years declares itself in possession of eternal truths. But in a world that is changing as fast as ours, this is a prescription for disaster. No nation, no religion, no economic system, no body of knowledge, is likely to have all the answers for our survival. There must be many social systems that would work far better than any now in existence. In the scientific tradition, our task is to find them."

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Ingmar Bergman // "Perhaps we are the same person. Perhaps we have no limits; perhaps we flow into each other, stream through each other, boundlessly and magnificently."

Photo of John Muir

John Muir // "The body seems to feel beauty when exposed to it as it feels the campfire or sunshine, entering not by the eyes alone, but equally through all one's flesh like radiant heat."

Photo of Miles Davis

Miles Davis // "Man, sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself."

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Leonor Fini // "I always imagined that I would have a life very different than the one imagined for me, but I understood from a very early age that I would have to revolt in order to make that life."

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Joseph Campbell // "If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's."

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Nick Cave // "The writer who refuses to explore the darker regions of the heart will never be able to write convincingly about the wonder, the magic and the joy of love...just as goodness cannot be trusted unless it has breathed the same air as evil."

Photo of Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog // "We have understood that the destruction of the environment is an enormous danger. But I truly believe that the lack of adequate imagery is a danger of the same magnitude. It is as serious a defect as being without memory. What have we done to our images? What have we done to our embarrassed landscapes? I have said this before and will repeat it again as long as I am able to talk: if we do not develop adequate images we will die out like dinosaurs."

Hayao Miyazaki // "I can’t just sit at my desk. Ideas come from the unexpected."

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Haruki Murakami // "We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases."

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Albert Einstein // "Concepts that have proven useful in ordering things easily achieve such authority over us that we forget their earthly origins and accept them as unalterable givens… Therefore it is by no means an idle game if we become practiced in analysing long-held commonplace concepts and showing the circumstances on which their justification and usefulness depend, and how they have grown up, individually, out of the givens of experience. Thus their excessive authority will be broken."

Photo of Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse // "Don’t try to be original. Be simple. Be good technically, and if there is something in you, it will come out."