John Lennon // "People think you want them to do something or say something special...you don't. You just want them to be themselves, so you can be yourself."
Lauren Bacall // "Nothing came easy, everything was worked for."
Jean-Luc Godard // "He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch."
Jimi Hendrix // "I feel guilty when people say I'm the greatest...What's good or bad doesn't matter to me; what does matter is feeling and not feeling. If only people would take more of a true view and think in terms of feelings. Your name doesn't mean a damn, it's your talents and feelings that matter."
Leonard Cohen // "Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash."
Marco Pierre White // "There are many times in my life, when I could’ve thrown in the towel. Many times in my life when I was on the floor. And when you’re on the floor, never allow anybody to pick you up. It doesn’t matter how long you stay there, make sure you pick yourself up and dust yourself down...you take the knowledge from the experience and you grow."
Jacqueline Kennedy // "I want to live my life, not record it."
James Baldwin // "Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death...ought to decide, indeed, to earn one's death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life. One is responsible for life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return."
Ingmar Bergman // "We're taught everything about the body and about agriculture in Madagascar and about the square root of pi, or whatever the hell it's called, but not a word about the soul. We're abysmally ignorant, about both ourselves and others. There's a lot of loose talk nowadays to the effect that children should be brought up to know all about brotherhood and understanding and coexistence and equality and everything else that's all the rage just now. But it doesn't dawn on anyone that we must first learn something about ourselves and our own feelings... How can you understand other people if you don't know anything about yourself? Now you're yawning, so that's the end of the lecture."