The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.

James Baldwin

Idealism increases in direct proportion to one’s distance from the problem.

John Galsworthy

Feeling that he must run and that he will take root forever and stand, does both at once, and neither, grows blind, and then sees everything, steps and becomes a man of stars instead.

James Dickey

One can fool life for a long time, but in the end it always makes us what we were intended to be.

André Malraux, Man’s Fate

I stand on the terrible threshold, and I see
The end and the beginning in each other’s arms.

Stanley Kunitz, “Open the Gates”

All human life has its seasons, and no one’s personal chaos can be permanent: winter, after all, does not last forever, does it? There is summer, too, and spring, though sometimes when branches stay dark and the earth cracks with ice, one thinks they will never come, that spring, that summer, but they do, and always.

Truman Capote

I was twenty when I went in, thirty-one when I come out. You don’t count months and years — you don’t do time that way. You gotta forget time; you gotta not give a fuck if you live or die. You gotta get to where nothin’ means nothin’.

James Caan in Thief, Screenplay by Michael Mann

It takes a long time to understand nothing.

Edward Dahlberg

Apart from the known and unknown, what else is there?

Harold Pinter

It is told that Buddha, going out to look on life, was greatly daunted by death. “They all eat one another!” he cried, and called it evil. This process I examined, changed the verb, and said, “They all feed one another,” and called it good.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Always pee before a long car trip.

Martin Mull

Until God has taken possession of him, no human being can have faith, but only simple belief; and it hardly matters whether or not he has such a belief, because he will arrive at faith equally well through disbelief.

Simone Weil

None of us has lived up to the teachings of Christ.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Would you make obeisance to your guru, O my heart? He is there at every step, on all sides of the path, for numberless are your gurus. To how many of them would you make your obeisance? The welcome offered to you is your guru, the agony inflicted on you is your guru. Every wrench at the heartstrings that makes the tears to flow is your guru.

Bauls verse

All know that the drop merges into the ocean but few know that the ocean merges into the drop.


There is no such way to attain to a greater measure of grace as for a man to live up to the little grace he has.

Phillips Brooks

By the time I was three, I was spending every waking moment at the keyboard, standing, placing my hands on the keyboard, and pushing notes. And I would choose very carefully what tones I would play because I knew that when I would play a note I would become that note.

Lorin Hollander