“The point is,
art never stopped a war
and never got anybody a job.
That was never its function.
Art cannot change events.
But it can change people.
It can affect people so that they are changed…
because people are changed by art –
enriched, ennobled, encouraged –
they then act in a way
that may affect the course of events…
by the way they vote, they behave,
the way they think.”
– Leonard Bernstein, LA Times Interview,1972
I was walking my dog by the beach and taking photographs. I saw a solitary figure in the distance and I looked through my zoom lens. I realized that if I zoomed in far enough, all identifiable context was lost. Could not tell if this was photographed in Long Beach or taken, say, somewhere in the Middle East. It was just a figure in the sand. And my point of view could easily be that of a soldier looking through a telescopic sight instead of a camera. It begs the question: Am I tourist or target? Not all sand is the same.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
– Buckminster Fuller
Yes is a wonderful place to begin.
It implies all futures in a single gesture.
– J.E. Vogels
There is only the marvelous
and nothing but the marvelous.
– Henry Miller
The quieter you become,
the more you can hear.
– Ram Dass
Paradise is where I am.
Art can be described as a psychopathic reaction of the race to the stresses of its existence.
– Alfred North Whitehead
One must still have chaos in oneself, to give birth to a dancing star
Not knowing how near the truth is,
we seek it far away.
– Ekaku Hakuin
And if the earth no longer knows your name,
whisper to the silent earth: I am flowing.
To the flashing water say: I am.
– Rainer Maria Rilke.
Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.
– Zora Neale Hurston
There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.
– Federico Fellini
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
– T.S. Eliot
Teach me to hear Mermaides’ singing…
– John Donne
Who looks outside, dreams;
who looks inside, awakes.
– Carl Jung
One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.
– Antonio Porchia
Most men eddy about
Here and there…
– Matthew Arnold
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
– Pablo Picasso
The soul needs more space than the body.
– Axel Munthe
Nothing is built on stone;
all is built on sand,
but we must build
as if the sand were stone.
– Jorge Luis Borges
With our thoughts we make the world.
As the sun heats
the morning sky,
a blue moon dissolves
like sugar in my cup of tea.
– J.E. Vogels
All who would win joy, must share it;
Happiness was born a twin.
– Lord Byron
Hope is believing in spite of the evidence,
and watching the evidence change.
– Jim Wallis
Everyone has agonies,
it’s just that I take my agony home and teach it to sing.
– Arthur Miller
In search of hope in an age of despair,
the philosopher settles for an optimism based on catastrophe.
– Raymond Aron
It is easier to think of the world without a creator
than of a creator loaded with all the contradictions of the world.
– Simone de Beauvoir
There are two ways of spreading light –
to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
– Edith Wharton
We are all angels with one wing.
We can only fly while embracing each other.
– Luciano De Crescenzo
My mother groaned, my father wept
Into the dangerous world I leapt.
– William Blake
You have to speak your dream out loud.
– Kelly Corrigan
Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.
– J.K. Rowling
What I look forward to is continued immaturity followed by death.
– Dave Barry
The past is no further away than the last breath you took.
– Robin Hobb
The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.
– Madeleine L’Engle
Things are always darkest just before they go pitch black.
– Kelly Robinson / I Spy
Your absence has gone through me like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color.
– W.S. Merwin
How come you can hear a chord,
and then another chord,
and then your heart breaks open?
– Anne Lamott
Sometimes I think we’re alone.
Sometimes I think we’re not.
In either case, the thought is staggering.
– R. Buckminster Fuller
Children are messengers to us
from a world we once deeply knew.
– Alice Miller
When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments:
tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become.
– Louis Pasteur
If you want dreams to come true, don’t sleep.
For every person who has ever lived
there will come, at last, a spring they will never see.
Glory then in the springs that are yours.
– Pam Brown