All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.
- Jean-Paul Sarte
I make the road. I draw the map. Nothing just happens to me...I'm the one happening.
- Denis Johnson (ALREADY DEAD: A California Gothic)
Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner
Poets are always taking the weather so personally. They're always sticking their emotions in things that have no emotions.
- J.D. Salinger (NINE STORIES)
I've been on a calendar, but never on time.
- Marilyn Monroe
The secret is to keep adding voices, adding ideas, and moving things around as you put together your life. If you're lucky, putting together your life is a process that will last through every single day you're alive.
- Ann Patchett
If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
We are always in the space in-between...all the spaces where you are not actually at home. You haven't arrived yet.... This is where our mind is the most open. We are alert, we are sensitive, and destiny can happen.
- Marina Abramovic
Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.
- Benjamin Franklin
Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but...life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
When you're happy for yourself, it fills you. When you're happy for someone else, it pours over.
- Sarah Addison Allen
We shall by morning
Inherit the earth.
Our foot's in the door.
- Sylvia Plath ("Mushrooms")
If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.
- George Harrison
Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself --- and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to --- letting a person be what he really is.
- Jim Morrison
Free imagination is the inestimable prerogative of youth and it must be cherished and guarded as a treasure.
- Felix Bloch
Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.
- Marcel Proust
If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane.
- Jimmy Buffett
All the things I really like are either immoral, illegal or fattening.
- Alexander Woollcott
We have the marvelous gift of making everything insignificant.
- Nikolai Gogol
I don't believe in dressing up reality. I don't believe in using makeup to make things look smoother.
- Lou Reed
I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.
- Mae West
Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.
- Frank L. Baum (THE WIZARD OF OZ)
If I only had three words of advice, they would be, Tell the Truth. If I got three more words, I'd add, all the time.
- Randy Pausch
You can try to take sorrow and make it into something enduring, meaningful and beautiful. I always feel guilty that this is my job, that I get to do this.
- Alice Hoffman
Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power.
- Clint Eastwood
The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real...for a moment at least...that long magic moment before we wake.
- George R.R. Martin
There are times when friendship feels like running down a hill together as fast as you can, jumping over things, spinning around, and you don't care where you're going, and you don't care where you've come from, because all that matters is speed, and the hands holding your hands.
- M.T. Anderson (WHALES ON STILTS!)
If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.
- Woody Allen
You invite things to happen. You open the door. You inhale. And if you inhale the chaos, you give the chaos, the chaos gives back.
- Dave Eggers (YOU SHALL KNOW OUR VELOCITY)
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
- Jimi Hendrix
Let us not worry about the future. Let us only do the right thing today, at this moment, Here and now. Let the future take care of itself.
- Sri Chinmoy