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  • #1
    Annie Dillard
    “There is always the temptation in life to diddle around making itsy-bitsy friends and meals and journeys for years on end. It is all so self conscience, so apparently moral...But I won't have it. The world is wilder than that in all directions, more dangerous...more extravagant and bright. We are...raising tomatoes when we should be raising Cain, or Lazarus.”
    Annie Dillard

  • #2
    Annie Dillard
    “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.”
    Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

  • #3
    Rebecca Solnit
    “When someone doesn't show up, the people who wait sometimes tell stories about what might have happened and come to half believe the desertion, the abduction, the accident. Worry is a way to pretend that you have knowledge or control over what you don't--and it surprises me, even in myself, how much we prefer ugly scenarios to the pure unknown. Perhaps fantasy is what you fill up maps with rather than saying that they too contain the unknown.”
    Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

  • #4
    E.B. White
    “Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.”
    E.B. White

  • #5
    E.B. White
    “Semi-colons only prove that the author has been to college.”
    E.B. White

  • #6
    W.G. Sebald
    “It is thanks to my evening reading alone that I am still more or less sane.”
    W.G. Sebald, Vertigo

  • #7
    Annie Dillard
    “He is careful of what he reads, for that is what he will write. He is careful of what he learns, for that is what he will know.”
    Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

  • #8
    Virginia Woolf
    “Was there no safety? No learning by heart of the ways of the world? No guide, no shelter, but all was miracle, and leaping from the pinnacle of a tower into the air? Could it be, even for elderly people, that this was life?--startling, unexpected, unknown?”
    Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

  • #9
    Virginia Woolf
    “So that is marriage, Lily thought, a man and a woman looking at a girl throwing a ball”
    Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

  • #10
    Virginia Woolf
    “She had known happiness, exquisite happiness, intense happiness, and it silvered the rough waves a little more brightly, as daylight faded, and the blue went out of the sea and it rolled in waves of pure lemon which curved and swelled and broke upon the beach and the ecstasy burst in her eyes and waves of pure delight raced over the floor of her mind and she felt, It is enough! It is enough!”
    Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

  • #11
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it should stay.”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #12
    John Cage
    “Nothing more then nothing can be said.
    We make our lives by what we love.
    Being American, having been trained to be sentimental, I fought for noises … when the war came along, I decided to use only quiet sounds. There seemed to me to be no truth, no good, in anything big.
    Somebody asked Debussy how he wrote music. He said: “I take all the tones there are, leave out he one’s I don’t want, and use all the others”. Satie said: “When I was young, people told me; you’ll see when you’re fifty years old. Now I’m fifty. I’ve seen nothing”.
    Slowly as the talk goes on, we are getting nowhere – and that is a pleasure.
    It is not irritating to be where one is, it is only irritating to think one would like to be somewhere else.
    If anybody is sleepy, let him go to sleep.
    All I know about method is that when I’m not working I sometimes think I know something, but when I’m working, it is quit clear I know nothing.”
    John Cage, Silence: Lectures and Writings

  • #13
    Grace Paley
    “There is a long time in me between knowing and telling.”
    Grace Paley, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute

  • #14
    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    “Follow the wandering, the distraction, find out why the mind has wandered; pursue it, go into it fully. When the distraction is completely understood, then that particular distraction is gone. When another comes, pursue it also. ”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti

  • #15
    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti

  • #16
    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    “You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti

  • #17
    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    “Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom.”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti

  • #18
    When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European,
    “When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti

  • #19
    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    “Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti

  • #20
    William Faulkner
    “In writing, you must kill all your darlings.”
    William Faulkner

  • #21
    Jack Spicer
    “ANY FOOL CAN GET INTO AN OCEAN
    BUT IT TAKES A GODDESS
    TO GET OUT OF ONE.”
    Jack Spicer
    tags: poem

  • #22
    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

  • #23
    Julia Cameron
    “Leap, and the net will appear.”
    Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way
    tags: faith

  • #24
    Julia Cameron
    “Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite -- getting something down.”
    Julia Cameron
    tags: art

  • #25
    Ajahn Chah
    “If it isn't good, let it die. If it doesn't die, make it good.”
    Ajahn Chah

  • #26
    Ajahn Chah
    “If you have time to be mindful, you have time to meditate.”
    Ajahn Chah

  • #27
    Jack Kornfield
    “In the end, just three things matter:

    How well we have lived
    How well we have loved
    How well we have learned to let go”
    Jack Kornfield

  • #28
    Jack Kornfield
    “Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control. We can love and care for others but we cannot possess our children, lovers, family, or friends. We can assist them, pray for them, and wish them well, yet in the end their happiness and suffering depend on their thoughts and actions, not on our wishes.”
    Jack Kornfield

  • #29
    Jack Kornfield
    “As surely as there is a voyage away, there is a journey home.”
    Jack Kornfield, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

  • #30
    Wendell Berry
    “Don't own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.”
    Wendell Berry, Farming: a hand book



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