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  • #1
    bell hooks
    “One of the most subversive institutions in the United States is the public library..”
    bell hooks, Rock My Soul: Black People and Self-Esteem

  • #2
    “Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses men the most.”
    F. B. Jevons, A History of Greek Literature: From the Earliest Period to the Death of Demosthenes

  • #3
    Emily Brontë
    “Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you--haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe--I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always--take any form--drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”
    Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

  • #4
    Ralph Ellison
    “I do not know if all cops are poets, but I know that all cops carry guns with triggers.”
    Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

  • #5
    Aldous Huxley
    “It’s dark because you are trying too hard.
    Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly.
    Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply.
    Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.

    I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig.
    Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me.
    When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic.
    No rhetoric, no tremolos,
    no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell.
    And of course, no theology, no metaphysics.
    Just the fact of dying and the fact of the clear light.

    So throw away your baggage and go forward.
    There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet,
    trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair.
    That’s why you must walk so lightly.
    Lightly my darling,
    on tiptoes and no luggage,
    not even a sponge bag,
    completely unencumbered.”
    Aldous Huxley , Island

  • #6
    Toni Morrison
    “Love is never any better than the lover. ”
    Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

  • #7
    Kenneth Patchen
    “What is a 'thing'? All is movement, a flowing. How stupid it is to speak of the 'mind'. There is a body; there is a mind: they are mixed up together. Shakespeare with a hole in his sock will not write the sonnet of a Shakespeare with socks intact.”
    Kenneth Patchen, The Journal of Albion Moonlight

  • #8
    R. Buckminster Fuller
    “God is a verb”
    Buckminster Fuller

  • #9
    Thomas Fuller
    “Those who play with the devil's toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.”
    Thomas Fuller, The Holy and Profane States: With Some Account of the Author and His Writings

  • #10
    William Shakespeare
    “Sit by my side, and let the world slip: we shall ne'er be younger.”
    William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew

  • #11
    William Shakespeare
    “O, let me kiss that hand!

    KING LEAR: Let me wipe it first; it smells of mortality.”
    William Shakespeare, King Lear

  • #12
    Toni Morrison
    “They had stared at her with great uncomprehending eyes. Eyes that questioned nothing and asked everything. Unblinking and unabashed, they stared up at her. The end of the world lay in their eyes, and the beginning, and all the waste in between.”
    Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

  • #13
    Konstantin Stanislavski
    “Love art in yourself, and not yourself in art.”
    Constantin Stanislavski, My Life In Art

  • #14
    “I am a human being, I consider nothing that is human alien to me.”
    Terence, L'Heautontimorumenos, Le Phormion, Les Adelphes

  • #15
    William Shakespeare
    “Immortal gods, I crave no pelf;
    I pray for no man but myself:
    Grant I may never prove so fond,
    To trust man on his oath or bond;
    Or a harlot, for her weeping;
    Or a dog, that seems a-sleeping:
    Or a keeper with my freedom;
    Or my friends, if I should need 'em.
    Amen. So fall to't:
    Rich men sin, and I eat root.”
    William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens

  • #16
    Toni Morrison
    “How exquisitely human was the wish for permanent happiness, and how thin human imagination became trying to achieve it.”
    Toni Morrison, Paradise

  • #17
    Zora Neale Hurston
    “He looked like the love thoughts of women.”
    Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

  • #18
    Zora Neale Hurston
    “She had waited all her life for something, and it had killed her when it found her.”
    Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

  • #19
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.”
    Nietzsche, Friedrich, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

  • #20
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “But the worst enemy you can meet will always be yourself; you lie in wait for yourself in caverns and forests. Lonely one, you are going the way to yourself! And your way goes past yourself, and past your seven devils! You will be a heretic to yourself and witch and soothsayer and fool and doubter and unholy one and villain. You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame: how could you become new, if you had not first become ashes?”
    Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

  • #21
    Gabriel García Márquez
    “He is ugly and sad... but he is all love.”
    Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
    tags: love

  • #22
    Lawrence Durrell
    “I suppose the secret of his success is in his tremendous idleness which almost approaches the supernatural.”
    Lawrence Durrell, Justine

  • #23
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #24
    Oscar Wilde
    “You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
    tags: sin

  • #25
    William S. Burroughs
    “Last night I woke up with someone squeezing my hand. It was my other hand.”
    William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch

  • #26
    William Shakespeare
    “She never told her love, but let concealment, like a worm 'i th' bud, feed on her damask cheek. She pinned in thought; and, with a green and yellow melancholy, she sat like Patience on a monument, smiling at grief. Was not this love indeed? We men may say more, swear more; but indeed our shows are more than will; for we still prove much in our vows but little in our love.”
    William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

  • #27
    William Shakespeare
    “Through tattered clothes great vices do appear; Robes and furred gowns hide all. Plate sin with gold and the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks. Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw does pierce it.”
    William Shakespeare, King Lear

  • #28
    Flannery O'Connor
    “He had a look of composed dissatisfaction, as if he understood life thoroughly.”
    Flannery O'Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories

  • #29
    Flannery O'Connor
    “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”
    Flannery O'Connor

  • #30
    James Baldwin
    “People can cry much easier than they can change.”
    James Baldwin

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