Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
Instead of shooting arrows at someone else's target, which I've never been very good at, I make my own target around wherever my arrow happens to have landed. You shoot your arrow and then you paint your bulls eye around it, and therefore you have hit the target dead centre.
The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.
george bernard shaw
Fairy tales, as G.K. Chesteron once said, are more than true. Not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be defeated
neil gaiman in smoke and mirrors
We have no art, we do everything as well as we can
No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.
If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. if still boring, then eight. then sixteen. then thirty-two. eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.
I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. Looking away shall be my only negation. And all in all and on the whole: someday I wish to be only a Yes-sayer.
The daily warmth we experience, my father said, is not transmitted by sun to earth. It’s what earth does in response to sun.
john cage's diary
The weight of the world is love. Under the burden of solitude, under the burden of dissatisfaction.
Keep away from cliches the world is much more complicated
No one can hope to make any effective mark upon his time and bring the aid that is worth bringing to great principles and struggling causes if he is not strong in his love and his hatred. I hate injustice, tyranny, pompousness and humbug, and my hatred embraces all those who are guilty of them. I want to tell my critics that I regard my feelings of hatred as a real force. They are only the reflex of the love I bear for the causes I believe in
Future love does not exist. Love is a present activity only.
The paradox of education is precisely this: that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.
The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way. As a man is, so he sees.
We are getting rid of the habit of explaining everything