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  • #1
    Ray Bradbury
    “If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
    Ray Bradbury


  • #2
    Ray Bradbury
    “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
    Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing


  • #3
    We accept the love we think we deserve.
    “We accept the love we think we deserve.”
    Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower


  • #4
    Stephen Chbosky
    “And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”
    Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower


  • #5
    Stephen Chbosky
    “I would die for you. But I won't live for you.”
    Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower


  • #6
    Stephen Chbosky
    “I am very interested and fascinated how everyone loves each other, but no one really likes each other.”
    Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    tags: moi


  • #7
    Stephen Chbosky
    “Once on a yellow piece of paper with green lines
    he wrote a poem
    And he called it "Chops"
    because that was the name of his dog

    And that's what it was all about
    And his teacher gave him an A
    and a gold star
    And his mother hung it on the kitchen door
    and read it to his aunts
    That was the year Father Tracy
    took all the kids to the zoo

    And he let them sing on the bus
    And his little sister was born
    with tiny toenails and no hair
    And his mother and father kissed a lot
    And the girl around the corner sent him a
    Valentine signed with a row of X's

    and he had to ask his father what the X's meant
    And his father always tucked him in bed at night
    And was always there to do it

    Once on a piece of white paper with blue lines
    he wrote a poem
    And he called it "Autumn"

    because that was the name of the season
    And that's what it was all about
    And his teacher gave him an A
    and asked him to write more clearly
    And his mother never hung it on the kitchen door
    because of its new paint

    And the kids told him
    that Father Tracy smoked cigars
    And left butts on the pews
    And sometimes they would burn holes
    That was the year his sister got glasses
    with thick lenses and black frames
    And the girl around the corner laughed

    when he asked her to go see Santa Claus
    And the kids told him why
    his mother and father kissed a lot
    And his father never tucked him in bed at night
    And his father got mad
    when he cried for him to do it.


    Once on a paper torn from his notebook
    he wrote a poem
    And he called it "Innocence: A Question"
    because that was the question about his girl
    And that's what it was all about
    And his professor gave him an A

    and a strange steady look
    And his mother never hung it on the kitchen door
    because he never showed her
    That was the year that Father Tracy died
    And he forgot how the end
    of the Apostle's Creed went

    And he caught his sister
    making out on the back porch
    And his mother and father never kissed
    or even talked
    And the girl around the corner
    wore too much makeup
    That made him cough when he kissed her

    but he kissed her anyway
    because that was the thing to do
    And at three a.m. he tucked himself into bed
    his father snoring soundly

    That's why on the back of a brown paper bag
    he tried another poem

    And he called it "Absolutely Nothing"
    Because that's what it was really all about
    And he gave himself an A
    and a slash on each damned wrist
    And he hung it on the bathroom door
    because this time he didn't think

    he could reach the kitchen.”
    Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower


  • #8
    Harper Lee
    “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
    - Atticus Finch”
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


  • #9
    Harper Lee
    “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


  • #10
    Harper Lee
    “People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


  • #11
    Harper Lee
    “I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks.”
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


  • #12
    J.D. Salinger
    “I'm sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.”
    J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey


  • #13
    J.D. Salinger
    “Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #14
    J.D. Salinger
    “I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.”
    J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey


  • #15
    J.D. Salinger
    “Mothers are all slightly insane.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #16
    J.D. Salinger
    “It's funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they'll do practically anything you want them to.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #17
    J.D. Salinger
    “If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she's late?”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #18
    J.D. Salinger
    “I'm quite illiterate, but I read a lot. ”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #19
    J.D. Salinger
    “That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #20
    Eve Ensler
    “Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Believe in kissing.”
    Eve Ensler


  • #21
    Jean-Luc Godard
    “The world isn't a sad place, it's just big.”
    Jean-Luc Godard


  • #22
    Jean-Luc Godard
    “Mirrors should reflect before sending an image.”
    Jean-Luc Godard


  • #23
    Jean-Luc Godard
    “Objects exist and if one pays more attention to them than to people, it is precisely because they exist more than the people. Dead objects are still alive. Living people are often already dead.”
    Jean-Luc Godard


  • #24
    Jean-Luc Godard
    “It's not where you take things from — it's where you take them to.”
    Jean-Luc Godard


  • #25
    Jean-Luc Godard
    “Photography is truth.”
    Jean-Luc Godard


  • #26
    Jean-Luc Godard
    “To be or not to be. That's not really a question.”
    Jean-Luc Godard


  • #27
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
    Mahatma Gandhi


  • #28
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
    Mahatma Gandhi


  • #29
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”
    Mahatma Gandhi


  • #30
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
    Mahatma Gandhi




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