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  • #1
    Franz Kafka
    “People keep themselves at a tolerable height above an infernal abyss toward which they gravitate only by putting out all their strength and lovingly helping one another. They are tied together by ropes, and it's bad enough when the ropes around an individual loosen and he drops somewhat lower than the others into empty space; ghastly when the ropes break and he falls. That's why we should cling to the others.”
    Franz Kafka

  • #2
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    “I poured out the torrent of my long-standing discontent and I challenged them to do and dare anything.”
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences, 1815-1897

  • #3
    Peter Brook
    “The closeness of reality and the distance of myth, because if there is no distance you aren't amazed, and if there is no closeness you aren't moved.”
    Peter Brook

  • #4
    Herman Melville
    “I would prefer not to.”
    Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener

  • #5
    “It's a new dawn
    It's a new day
    It's a new life for me
    And I'm feeling good”
    Leslie Bricusse, The Leslie Bricusse Songbook

  • #6
    Nina Simone
    “There's no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were”
    Nina Simone

  • #7
    “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
    Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

  • #8
    Robin McLaurin Williams
    “You're only given a spark of madness. You musn't lose it.”
    Robin McLaurin Williams

  • #9
    Irwin Kula
    “I honestly do not know if love vanquishes death as our traditional faiths teach but I do know that our vulnerabilities trump our ideologies and that love leavens the purity and logic of our beliefs propelling us to connect as the fiercely gracious human beings we are.”
    Irwin Kula

  • #10
    Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
    “Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked”
    Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

  • #11
    I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control
    “I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”
    Marilyn Monroe

  • #12
    Vincent van Gogh
    “I don't know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.”
    Vincent van Gogh

  • #13
    Emily Dickinson
    “I felt a Cleaving in my Mind—
    As if my Brain had split—
    I tried to match it—Seam by Seam—
    But could not make it fit.”
    Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

  • #14
    Eugenio Montejo
    “The earth turned to bring us closer,
    it spun on itself and within us,
    and finally joined us together in this dream
    as written in the Symposium.
    Nights passed by, snowfalls and solstices;
    time passed in minutes and millennia.
    An ox cart that was on its way to Nineveh
    arrived in Nebraska.
    A rooster was singing some distance from the world,
    in one of the thousand pre-lives of our fathers.
    The earth was spinning with its music carrying us on board;
    it didn't stop turning a single moment
    as if so much love, so much that's miraculous
    was only an adagio written long ago
    in the Symposium's score.”
    Eugenio Montejo, The Trees: Selected Poems 1967-2004

  • #15
    Woody Allen
    “To you, I'm an atheist.
    To God, I'm the loyal opposition.”
    Woody Allen

  • #16
    Jean Cocteau
    “I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”
    Jean Cocteau

  • #17
    Jean Cocteau
    “Victor Hugo was a madman who thought he was Victor Hugo”
    Jean Cocteau

  • #18
    Jean Cocteau
    “Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work. Note just what it is about your work that critics don't like - then cultivate it. That's the only part of your work that's individual and worth keeping.”
    Jean Cocteau

  • #19
    Jean Cocteau
    “A man's truest self realizations might require him, above all, to learn to close his eyes: to let himself be taken unawares, to follow his dark angel, to risk his illegal instincts.”
    Jean Cocteau

  • #20
    Derek Walcott
    Love After Love

    The time will come
    when, with elation
    you will greet yourself arriving
    at your own door, in your own mirror
    and each will smile at the other's welcome,

    and say, sit here. Eat.
    You will love again the stranger who was your self.
    Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
    to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

    all your life, whom you ignored
    for another, who knows you by heart.
    Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

    the photographs, the desperate notes,
    peel your own image from the mirror.
    Sit. Feast on your life.”
    Derek Walcott, Collected Poems, 1948-1984

  • #21
    Franz Kafka
    “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”
    Franz Kafka

  • #22
    Franz Kafka
    “I am a cage, in search of a bird.”
    Franz Kafka

  • #23
    Franz Kafka
    “I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.”
    Franz Kafka

  • #24
    Dorothy Parker
    “Time doth flit; oh shit.”
    Dorothy Parker

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