In this world you must be oh so smart, or oh so pleasant. For years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.
-Elwood P. Dowd
Every man has two
battles which he fights:
he fights with god in his dreams,
and he fights the sea when awake.
The artist must know the manner where by to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
Every spirit builds itself a house; and beyond its house, a world; and beyond its world a heaven. Know then, that the world exists for you. For you is the phenomenon perfect. What we are, that only can we see. All that Adam had, all that Caesar could, you have and can do. Adam called his house, heaven and earth; Caesar called his house, Rome; you perhaps call yours, a cobbler’s trade; a hundred acres of ploughed land; or a scholar’s garret. Yet line for line and point for point, your dominion is as great as theirs, though without fine names. Build, therefore, your own world.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don’t get hung up on anything, but stand above, pass on, and be free.
It is not so much that I love winning, as it is that I despise losing.
Within oneself deliverance must be searched for, because each man makes his own prison.
Some men worship rank, some worship heroes, some worship power, some worship God, & over these ideals they dispute & cannot unite- but they all worship money.
There is a fine line between courage and stupidity.
The intellect of a man is forced to choose
Perfection of the life, or of the work,
And if he take the second must refuse
A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.
-William Butler Yeats
How is it they live in such harmony the billions of stars – when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their minds about someone they know.
But you have to learn to smother the living breathing soul, go deaf to it, and this violence to the self is what is commonly called sanity in the places where i have lived.
-Philip O Ceallaigh
I know now that there is no one thing that is true- it is all true.
Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.
Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.
To know thyself is important, but to love thyself is divine.
A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
-Jean de La Fontaine
For there is no one so great or mighty that he can avoid the misery that will rise up against him when he resists and strives against God.
I like to have a thing suggested rather than told in full. When every detail is given, the mind rests satisfied, and the imagination loses the desire to use its own wings.
-Thomas Bailey Aldrich
A man has to hate and love all at once,
With the same eyes to cry and to laugh
With the same hands to throw stones
And to gather them,
Make love in war and war in love.
All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
-T. E. Lawrence
All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
-Henry David Thoreau
Only those who look with the eyes of children can lose themselves in the object of their wonder.
Art cannot exist without nature, and man can give nothing to his fellow man but himself.
Courage leads to the stars, fear towards death.
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca (the younger)
All art is based in non-comformity.
The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.
-William Somerset Maugham
I hope for nothing.
I fear nothing.
I am free.
The present is never our goal- the past and present are our means- the future alone is our goal. Thus, we never live but hope to live, and always hoping to be happy, it is inevitable that we will never be so.
Where great wealth is, there are also all manner of sins; for through great wealth comes pride, through pride, dissension, through dissention, wars, through wars poverty, through poverty, great distress and misery. Therefore, they that are rich, must yield a strict and great account; for to whom much is given, of him much will be required.
Today is the tomorrow I was so worried about yesterday.
For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities and are often more influenced by things that seem than by those that are.
A poem should not mean
Love and fear exlude each other.
Beauty plus pity- that is the closest we can get to a definition of art.
I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than the ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
-Sir Isaac Newton
Silence and patience, these are my super powers.
That which can be conceived can be achieved.
Love is a kind of warfare.
Silence is man’s chief learning.
Pride works frequently under a dense mask, and will often assume the garb of humility.
Not to decide is to decide.
It is the heart which experiences God, and not reason. This, then, is faith: God felt by the heart, not reason.
Age does not depend upon years, but upon temperament and health. Some men are born old, and some never grow so.
Mind moves matter.
We must remember that Satan has his miracles too.
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
Ain’tcha heard? Love is a verb.
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
-Edgar Allen Poe
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
I never could believe that Providence had sent a few men into the world, ready booted and spurred, to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden.
Simplicity is the essence of the great, the true, and the beautiful in art.
Dreadful is the mysterious power of Fate; there is no escape from it by wealth or war, by walled city, or dark, sea-beaten ships.
I cry out for order and find it only in art.
As if a man’s soul were not too small to begin with, they have dwarfed and narrowed theirs by a life of all work and no play; until here they are at forty, with a listless attention, a mind vacant of all material of amusement, and not one thought to rub against another, while they wait for the train.
-Robert Lewis Stevenson
When a true genius appears in this world you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
This is the seal of the absolute and sublime destiny of man- that he knows what is good and what is evil; that his destiny is his very ability to will either good or evil.
-George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility.
-Charles Caleb Colton
Nothing is so easy as to deceive one’s self; for what we wish, we readily believe.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that it does not break it kills.
Life… is like a festival; just as some come to the festival to compete, some to ply their trade, but the best people come as spectators, so in life the slavish men go hunting for fame or gain, the philosophers for truth.
Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so is he.
Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.
My aim in my life is to make pictures and drawings, as many and as well as I can; then, at the end of my life, I hope to pass away, looking back with love and tender regret, and thinking, “Oh the pictures I might have made.”
-Vincent Van Gogh
There can be no hope without fear, and no fear without hope.
It takes a very long time to become young.
Amongst all things, knowledge is truly the best thing: from its not being liable ever to be stolen, from its not being purchasable, and from its being imperishable.
The artist’s only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one… Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency, security, happiness, all, to get the book written.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
-George Bernard Shaw
Rise, like lions after slumber,
In unvanquished number,
Shake the chains to earth like dew,
Which in sleep had fall’n on you-
Ye are many- they are few.
-Percy Bysshe Shelly
Whoever controls the language, the images, controls the race.
It is much more difficult than one thinks not to believe in God.
They say that knowledge is power. I used to think so, but I now know that they mean money.
For that which is born death is certain, and for the dead birth is certain. Therefore grieve not over that which is unavoidable.
Hunger I can endure; love I cannot.
If you must bullshit, then bullshit others, not yourself.
It is curious that money, which is the most valuable thing in life, excepis excipiendis, should be the most fatal corrupter of music, literature, painting and all the arts. As soon as any art is pursued with a view of money, then farewell, in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, to all the hope of genuine good work.
Man is what he believes.
As always victory finds a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan.
-Count Galeazzo Ciano
It is from self-hatred that consciousness emerges. I hate myself: I am absolutely a man.
-B. M. Cioran
No wealth in the world can help humanity forward, even in the hands of the most devoted workers in this cause… Can anyone imagine Moses, Jesus, or Ghandi armed with the money-bags of Carnegie?
A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed away.
An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.
-Pliny the Younger
I have named the destroyers of nations: comfort, plenty, security– out of which grow a bored and slothful cynicism, in which rebellion against the world as it is, and myself as I am, are submerged in listless self-satisfaction.
Money is a new form of slavery, and distiguished from the old simply by the fact that it is impersonal, that there is no human relation between master and slave.
I have often said, and oftener think, that this world is a comedy for those who think, and a tragedy for those who feel.
Every word you speak is a painting, on display for others to interpret, so be mindful of the pictures you are creating.
He who shoots at the mid-day sun, though he be sure he shall never hit the mark, yet as sure as he is, he shall shoot higher than he who aims at a bush.
-Sir Phillip Sidney
I can see how sincere, how passionately proletarian a religious prophet may be, that is the fate which sooner or later befalls him in a competitive society– to be founder of an organization of fools, conducted by knaves, for the benefit of wolves.
A fixed idea ends in madness or heroism.
Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance.
Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purpose through him.
-Carl Gustav Jung
Time makes more converts than reason.
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
-Henry David Thoreau
It is hardly granted by God to love and to be wise.
If one judges love by most of its results, it is closer to hatred than friendship.
-Francois De La Rouchefoucauld
Beauty will save the world.
Love is not all;…
Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath,
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
-Edna St. Vincent Millay
That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.
…no man thoroughly understands a truth until he has contended against it.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Probably all laws are useless; for good men do not want laws at all, and bad men are made no better by them.
The great artist is the simplifier.
-Henri Frederic Amiel
What is man’s chief enemy? Each man is his own.
The ironic thing about man is that he is what he believes, but so often fails to believe it.
Of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of wealth; the tyranny of plutocracy.
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca
To be in the world and yet not of the world is the highest perfection…
You have not converted a man, because you have silenced him.
You must be one man, good or bad; you must develop either your Governing Principle, or your outward endowments; you must study either your inner man , or outward things- in a word, you must choose between the position of a philosopher and that of a mere outsider.
If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even cucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it.
Women and God are the two rocks on which a man must either anchor or be wrecked.
-Frederick William Robertson
Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
All human wisdom is summed up in two words: wait and hope.
There are three classes of citizens. The first are the rich, who are indolent and yet always crave more. The second are the poor, who have nothing, are full of envy, hate the rich, and are easily led by demagogues. Between the two extremes lie those who make the state secure and uphold the laws.
The only way to throw off the chains of slavery is to throw off the chains of fear.
During the whole period of written history, it is not the workers but the robbers who have been in control of the world.
There are only two kinds of men: those righteous who believe themselves sinners; the others sinners who believe themselves righteous.
The truth must essentially be regarded as in conflict with this world; the world has never been so good, and will never become so good that the majority will desire the truth.
And man has actually invented God… the marvel is that such an idea, the idea of the necessity of God, could enter the head of such a savage, vicious beast as man.
All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers… Each one owes infinitely more to the human race than to the particular country in which he was born.
-Francois De Salignac De La Mothe-Fenelon
Often it is best to speak to children as if they were grown ups, and to grown ups as if they were children.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
And again: No more gods! no more gods! Man is King, Man is God!- But the great Faith is Love.
Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
-Henry David Thoreau
Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we may enter another.
There’s only one time and place that I don’t want to die, and that’s on stage.
Fundamentally, all writing is about the same thing; it’s about dying, about the brief flicker of time we have here, and the frustration it creates.
In the realm of ideas everything depends upon enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.
-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
Those who wish to sing always find a song.
Art is not a thing; it is a way.
Let me ask you something, what is not art?
I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.
…at the still point, there the dance is…
You get from the feast what you bring to the feast.
It hurts too much to laugh, and I’m too old to cry.
I believe that a work is good to the degree that it expresses the artist who created it.