There is no flaw or vacuum in the amount of the truth – but all is truth without exception;
And henceforth I will go celebrate any thing I see or am,
And sing and laugh and deny nothing.
– Walt Whitman
“…this place, if I could describe this place, portray it, I’ve tried, I feel no place, no place around me, there is no end to me, I don’t know what it is, it isn’t flesh, it doesn’t end, it’s like air…”
– Samuel Beckett
“When you believe in things that you don’t understand, then you suffer.”
– Stevie Wonder
“It’s a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one’s life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than ‘Try to be a little kinder.'”
– Aldous Huxley
“Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.”
– R. Buckminster Fuller
“In the cities they’ve set it up so you can go to a park and be in a miniature countryside, but in the countryside they don’t have any patches of big city, so I get very homesick.”
– Andy Warhol
“Anyone can make the simple complicated, creativity is making the complicated simple.”
– Charlie Mingus
“Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
“What we can do is to live out our lives as best we can with purpose, and love, and joy. We can use each day to show those who are closest to us how much we care about them, and treat others with the kindness and respect that we wish for ourselves. We can learn from our mistakes and grow from our failures. And we can strive at all costs to make a better world.”
– Barack Obama (Eulogy to Ted Kennedy)
We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams
– Arthur O’Shaughnessy
“Hold on to the Constitution of the United States of America and the Republic for which it stands — what has happened once in six thousand years may never happen again. Hold on to your Constitution, for if the American Constitution shall fail there will be anarchy throughout the world.”
– Daniel Webster
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
– Dylan Thomas
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
– Albert Einstein
“It’s not how fast you go, it’s how you go fast.”
– Jeffrey Seder
‘Come to the edge,’ he said.
They said, ‘We are afraid.’
‘Come to the edge,’ he said.
And they came.
And he pushed them over.
And they flew.
– Guillaume Apollinaire
And he thinks of Prudence, how it fooled him,
how he always believed — what madness —
that cheat who said: “Tomorrow. You have plenty of time.”
He remembers impulses bridled, the joy
he sacrificed. Every chance he lost
now mocks his senseless caution.
– Constantine Cavafy
“Fool a man and he is yours for a day. Teach a man to fool himself and he is yours forever.”
– Noah J. Nelson
“It’s all a disaster, all a miracle, all always happening.”
– Tim Carmody
“There is only one direction. (Down.) There is only one color. (Black.) And there is only one number (Zero.)”
– Errol Morris