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  • #1
    Orhan Pamuk
    “Real museums are places where Time is transformed into Space.”
    Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence

  • #2
    E.E. Cummings
    “may my heart always be open to little
    birds who are the secrets of living
    whatever they sing is better than to know
    and if men should not hear them men are old

    may my mind stroll about hungry
    and fearless and thirsty and supple
    and even if it's sunday may i be wrong
    for whenever men are right they are not young

    and may myself do nothing usefully
    and love yourself so more than truly
    there's never been quite such a fool who could fail
    pulling all the sky over him with one smile”
    E.E. Cummings, Complete Poems, 1904-1962

  • #3
    Kazuo Ishiguro
    “…It’s hard to appreciate the beauty of a world when one doubts its very validity….But I’ve long since lost all such doubts, Ono,’ he continued. ‘When I am an old man, when I look back over my life and see I have devoted it to the task of capturing the unique beauty of that world, I believe I will be well satisfied. And no man will make me believe I’ve wasted my time.”
    Kazuo Ishiguro, An Artist of the Floating World

  • #4
    Kazuo Ishiguro
    “And yet what precisely is this ‘greatness’? Just where, or in what, does it lie? I am quite aware it would take a far wiser head than mine to answer such a question, but if I were forced to hazard a guess, I would say that it is the very lack of obvious drama or spectacle that sets the beauty of our land apart. What is pertinent is the calmness of that beauty, its sense of restraint. It is as though the land knows of its own beauty, of its own greatness, and feels no need to shout it.”
    Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

  • #5
    Orhan Pamuk
    “The beauty and mystery of this world only emerges through affection, attention, interest and compassion . . . open your eyes wide and actually see this world by attending to its colors, details and irony.”
    Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red

  • #6
    Orhan Pamuk
    “When you love a city and have explored it frequently on foot, your body, not to mention your soul, gets to know the streets so well after a number of years that in a fit of melancholy, perhaps stirred by a light snow falling ever so sorrowfully, you'll discover your legs carrying you of their own accord toward one of your favourite promontories”
    Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red

  • #7
    Orhan Pamuk
    “Try to discover who I am from my choice of words and colors, as attentive people like yourselves might examine footprints to catch a thief.”
    Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red

  • #8
    Orhan Pamuk
    “Any intelligent person knows that life is a beautiful thing and that the purpose of life is to be happy," said my father as he watched the three beauties. "But it seems only idiots are ever happy. How can we explain this?”
    Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence

  • #9
    Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
    “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
    Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

  • #10
    “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

  • #11
    Lao Tzu
    “The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #12
    Albert Einstein
    “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.

    —"Old Man's Advice to Youth: 'Never Lose a Holy Curiosity.'" LIFE Magazine (2 May 1955) p. 64”
    Albert Einstein

  • #13
    Henry David Thoreau
    “We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

  • #14
    Albert Einstein
    “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”
    Albert Einstein, The World as I See It

  • #15
    Swami Dhyan Giten

    The other is a mirror of our own face; the other is a mirror of our inner being.

    The entire universe is a manifestation of our own inner being.

    Man is the microcosm and the universe is the macrocosm.

    In our inner being, we are one with all.

    True relationships is to see ourselves in all beings and to see all beings in ourselves.

    The inner being is not only present in human beings, but it is also present in flowers, trees, animals, stones and the stars.

    The divine exists everywhere in nature.

    Once we realize this we will never feel alone.

    We find the communion of the heart everywhere.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten

  • #16
    “[Think] of an experience from your childhood. Something you remember clearly, something you can see, feel, maybe even smell, as if you were really there. After all you really were there at the time, weren't you? How else could you remember it? But here is the bombshell: you weren't there. Not a single atom that is in your body today was there when that event took place. Every bit of you has been replaced many times over (which is why you eat, of course). You are not even the same shape as you were then. The point is that you are like a cloud: something that persists over long periods, while simultaneously being in flux. Matter flows from place to place and momentarily comes together to be you. Whatever you are, therefore, you are not the stuff of which you are made. If that does not make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, read it again until it does, because it is important.”
    Steve Grand, Creation: Life and How to Make It