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