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  • #1
    Émile Zola
    “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
    Émile Zola


  • #2
    Rosemarie Urquico
    “You should date a girl who reads.
    Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

    Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

    She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

    Buy her another cup of coffee.

    Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

    It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

    She has to give it a shot somehow.

    Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

    Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

    Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

    If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

    You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

    You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

    Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

    Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
    Rosemarie Urquico


  • #3
    Ray Bradbury
    “You grow ravenous. You run fevers. You know exhilarations. You can't sleep at night, because your beast-creature ideas want out and turn you in your bed. It is a grand way to live.”
    Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing


  • #4
    Julia Cameron
    “God does not give us more than we can handle," I am told but I wonder if God doesn't overestimate me just a little. Or perhaps, and this is likely, I underestimate God.”
    Julia Cameron, Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance
    tags: god


  • #5
    Ayn Rand
    “A man's sexual choice is the result and the sum of his fundamental convictions.... He will always be attracted to the woman who reflects his deepest vision of himself, the woman whose surrender permits him to experience a sense of self-esteem. The man who is proudly certain of his own value, will want the highest type of woman he can find, the woman he admires, the strongest, the hardest to conquer--because only the possession of a heroine will give him the sense of an achievement.”
    Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged


  • #6
    Julia Cameron
    tags: faith


  • #7
    Jane Austen
    “I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.”
    Jane Austen, Emma


  • #8
    Julia Cameron
    “Creativity requires faith. Faith requires that we relinquish control.”
    Julia Cameron


  • #9
    Julia Cameron
    “We are not accustomed to thinking that God's will for us and our own inner dreams can coincide.”
    Julia Cameron


  • #10
    Julia Cameron
    “Sometimes the dying live more fiercely and wisely than the rest of us. (146)”
    Julia Cameron, God is No Laughing Matter


  • #11
    Julia Cameron
    “It takes constant vigilance not to slip into negativity or simple apathy. It takes courage to believe over any given period of time that we are getting better and not sliding into decline.”
    Julia Cameron, Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance


  • #12
    Julia Cameron
    “You do not need to work to become spiritual. You are spiritual; you need only to remember that fact. Spirit is within you. God is within you. (67)”
    Julia Cameron, God is No Laughing Matter


  • #13
    Julia Cameron
    “We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes it directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and meditation, connecting us both to our own insights and to a higher and deeper level of inner guidance.

    We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding. We should write because writing is good for the soul. We should write because writing yields us a body of work, a felt path through the world we live in.

    We should write, above all, because we are writers, whether we call ourselves that or not.”
    Julia Cameron, The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life


  • #14
    Julia Cameron
    “In times of pain, when the future is too terrifying to contemplate and the past too painful to remember, I have learned to pay attention to right now. The precise moment I was in was always the only safe place for me.”
    Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity


  • #15
    Julia Cameron
    “As you move toward a dream, the dream moves toward you.”
    Julia Cameron


  • #16
    Julia Cameron
    “Life is a spiritual dance and that our unseen partner has steps to teach us if we will allow ourselves to be led. The next time you are restless, remind yourself it is the universe asking 'Shall we dance?”
    Julia Cameron


  • #17
    Julia Cameron
    “Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise...As creative channels, we need to trust the darkness. ”
    Julia Cameron


  • #18
    Julia Cameron
    “Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite -- getting something down.”
    Julia Cameron
    tags: art


  • #19
    Julia Cameron
    “Making art has taught me that the tiniest smidgen of progress is something to be cherished.”
    Julia Cameron, Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance


  • #20
    Julia Cameron
    “I ask to be made beautiful like the trees are beautiful, each growing according to a unique plan. Lop off a limb and and the tree will accommodate it's loss, still growing and still beautiful. It is my hope to be able to flourish in a similar fashion, taking on the shape and dimensions that is intended for me.”
    Julia Cameron, The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Size


  • #21
    Julia Cameron
    “Writing is like breathing, it's possible to learn to do it well, but the point is to do it no matter what.”
    Julia Cameron, The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life


  • #22
    Julia Cameron
    “Just as a good rain clears the air, a good writing day clears the psyche.”
    Julia Cameron, The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life


  • #23
    Julia Cameron
    “Often it is tenacity, not talent, that rules the day.”
    Julia Cameron, Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance


  • #24
    Julia Cameron
    “Wherever you are is always the right place. There is never a need to fix anything, to hitch up the bootstraps of the soul and start at some higher place. Start right where you are.

    Julia Cameron


  • #25
    Julia Cameron
    “Serious art is born from serious play.”
    Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
    tags: art


  • #26
    Julia Cameron
    “Being in the mood to write, like being in the mood to make love, is a luxury that isn't necessary in a long-term relationship. Just as the first caress can lead to a change of heart, the first sentence, however tentative and awkward, can lead to a desire to go just a little further.”
    Julia Cameron, The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life


  • #27
    Julia Cameron
    “When we walk, the two halves of our brains converse.”
    Julia Cameron


  • #28
    Julia Cameron
    “Agendas tend to drain the life out of relationships.”
    Julia Cameron, Letters to a Young Artist: Building a Life in Art


  • #29
    Julia Cameron
    “When you feel yourself to be in critical condition, you must treat yourself as gently as you would a sick friend.”
    Julia Cameron, Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance
    tags: health


  • #30
    Julia Cameron
    “we should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. writing is sensual, experiential, grounding. we should write because writing is good for the soul. we should write because writing yields us a body of work, a felt path through the world we live in.”
    Julia Cameron




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