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Martha Graham // "There is a vitality, a life force, an energy...that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist... The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open."

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Albert Einstein // "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them."

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Patti Smith // "That’s what artists do, that’s what poets do...we all do it. We start with something, and sometimes we destroy everything that we’ve made in order to get to the core place where we started from."

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Jean-Luc Godard // "He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch."

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Jiddu Krishnamurti // "You cannot reconcile creativeness with technical achievement. You may be perfect in playing the piano, and not be creative; you may play the piano most brilliantly, and not be a musician. You may be able to handle color, to put paint on canvas most cleverly, and not be a creative painter… We have technique…how to put up a house, how to build a bridge…how to educate our children through a system…we have learned all these techniques, but our hearts and minds are empty... Creativeness is not found through technique. If you have something to say, you create your own style; but when you have nothing to say, even if you have a beautiful style, what you write is only the traditional routine, a repetition in new words of the same old thing… So, having lost the song, we pursue the singer. We learn from the singer the technique of song, but there is no song; and I say the song is essential, the joy of singing is essential. When the joy is there, the technique can be built up from nothing; you will invent your own technique, you won’t have to study elocution or style. When you have, you see, and the very seeing of beauty is an art."

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Bob Dylan // "I change during the course of a day. I wake and I’m one person, and when I go to sleep I know for certain I’m somebody else."

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David Lynch // "It just drives me nuts…somebody arbitrarily says, 'You gotta do it in two days.' That fucking really pisses me off. It really does. We’re always up against the fucking clock… I’m not working this way again, ever. This is absolutely horrible. We never get any extra shots. We never get any time to experiment. We never get to, you know, go dreamy or anything. We barely fucking make our days. I could have spent a week…and dreamt up all kinds of stuff. You know, it’s just…it’s sick, this kind of fucking way to do it. You don’t get a chance to sink into anything. It’s not a way to work."

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Toni Morrison // "I think freedom, ideally, is being able to choose your responsibilities. Not not having any responsibilities, but being able to choose which things you want to be responsible for."

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Jeff Buckley // "I need space, stillness...and no telephones. If I write it takes a long time for a certain language to emerge. Because it’s sort of like quitting smoking when you first start takes a while for the nicotine to leave your system, until you’re totally pure. Then you start."

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Virginia Woolf // "The voice of protest is the voice of another…an ancient civilization which seems to have bred in us the instinct to enjoy and fight rather than to suffer and understand."

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Paul Auster // "That’s all I’ve ever dreamed of... To make the world a better place. To bring some beauty to the drab humdrum corners of the soul. You can do it with a toaster, you can do it with a poem, you can do it by reaching out your hand to a stranger. It doesn’t matter what form it takes. To leave the world a little better than you found it. That’s the best a man can ever do."

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Henri Matisse // "The essential thing is to work in a state of mind that approaches prayer."