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Quotes About Expression

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Seamus Heaney
“If you have the words, there's always a chance that you'll find the way.”
Seamus Heaney, Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney

Henry David Thoreau
“be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.”
Henry David Thoreau

Noam Chomsky
“If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.”
Noam Chomsky

Ansel Adams
“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
Ansel Adams

John Ruskin
“To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality.”
John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice

Sigmund Freud
“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.”
Sigmund Freud

Martha Graham
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
Martha Graham

Sylvia Plath
“Some things are hard to write about. After something happens to you, you go to write it down, and either you over dramatize it, or underplay it, exaggerate the wrong parts or ignore the important ones. At any rate, you never write it quite the way you want to.”
Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Michel de Montaigne
“I quote others only in order the better to express myself.”
Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

Ansel Adams
“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”
Ansel Adams

Ashly Lorenzana
“It's okay to disagree with the thoughts or opinions expressed by other people. That doesn't give you the right to deny any sense they might make. Nor does it give you a right to accuse someone of poorly expressing their beliefs just because you don't like what they are saying. Learn to recognize good writing when you read it, even if it means overcoming your pride and opening your mind beyond what is comfortable.”
Ashly Lorenzana

“Music is an outburst of the soul.”
Frederick Delius

P.G. Wodehouse
“He had the look of one who had drunk the cup of life and found a dead beetle at the bottom.”
P.G. Wodehouse

James Baldwin
“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.”
James Baldwin

Jane Austen
“I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.”
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Anne Sexton
“I like you; your eyes are full of language."

[Letter to Anne Clarke, July 3, 1964.]”
Anne Sexton

Jason Mraz
“Because I trust in the ever-changing climate of the heart. (At least, today I feel that way.) I think it is necessary to have many experiences for the sake of feeling something; for the sake of being challenged, and for the sake of being expressive, to offer something to someone else, to learn what we are capable of.”
Jason Mraz

Jonathan Safran Foer
“It's so hard to express yourself.'
I understand this.'
I want to express myself.'
The same is true for me.'
I'm looking for my voice.'
It's in your mouth.'
I want to do something I'm not ashamed of.'
Something you are proud of, yes?'
Not even. I just don't want to be ashamed.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

J.D. Salinger
“She was not one for emptying her face of expression. ”
J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey

Criss Jami
“Everyone has their own ways of expression. I believe we all have a lot to say, but finding ways to say it is more than half the battle.”
Criss Jami, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile

“Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.”
Alphonse de Lamartine

Edmond Rostand
“My heart always timidly hides itself behind my mind. I set out to bring down stars from the sky, then, for fear of ridicule, I stop and pick little flowers of eloquence.”
Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac

Banksy
“People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish... but that's only if it's done properly.”
Banksy, Wall and Piece

Herb Ritts
“Being an American is about having the right to be who you are. Sometimes that doesn't happen.”
Herb Ritts

Aldous Huxley
“What a gulf between impression and expression! That’s our ironic fate—to have Shakespearean feelings and (unless by some billion-to-one chance we happen to be Shakespeare) to talk about them like automobile salesmen or teen-agers or college professors. We practice alchemy in reverse—touch gold and it turns into lead; touch the pure lyrics of experience, and they turn into the verbal equivalents of tripe and hogwash.”
Aldous Huxley, The Genius And The Goddess

Vicktor Alexander
“Inside of all of us there is the need and the desire to be heard, to have our innermost thoughts, feelings and desires expressed for others to hear, to see and to understand. We all want to matter to someone, to leave a mark. Writers just take those thoughts, feelings and desires and express them in such a way that the reader not only reads them but feels them as well.”
Vicktor Alexander

Ansel Adams
“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.”
Ansel Adams

Amit Ray
“Do not live in the shadow of the masters for ever. Learn to live in the light of your soul. Life deserves full expression.”
Amit Ray

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