A poet looks at the world as a man looks at a woman.

Wallace Stevens

The risk of going with what you got is the risk it takes to be beautiful.


She might struggle like a fly in a web. He wrapped her around and around with beautiful sentences.

Mary Catherwood

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt

In real love you want the other person’s good. In romantic love you want the other person.

Margaret Anderson

No mockery in the world ever sounds to me as hollow as that of being told to cultivate happiness . . . Happiness is not a potato, to be planted in mould, and tilled with manure.

Charlotte Brontë

The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.

Lily Tomlin

Wildness is the state of complete awareness. That’s why we need it.

Gary Snyder, Turtle Island

The best thing that can come with success is the knowledge that it is nothing to long for.

Liv Ullman, Changing

The enchanting, and sometimes terrifying, thing is that the world can be so many things to so many different souls. That it can be, and is, all these at once and the same time.

Henry Miller, Big Sur, and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch

Like attracts like. Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright. Automatically, as we shine who we are, asking ourselves every minute is this what I really want to do, doing it only when we answer yes, automatically that turns away those who have nothing to learn from who we are and attracts those who do, and from whom we have to learn, as well.

Richard Bach, Illusions, The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

To each other, we were as normal and nice as the smell of bread, we were just a family. In a family, even exaggerations make perfect sense.

John Irving

Anyone can be a Truthsayer. It’s a matter of self-honesty about the nature of your own feelings. It requires that you have an inner agreement with truth which allows ready recognition.

Frank Herbert, Children of Dune

Treat yourself at least as well as you treat other people.

Theodore Isaac Rubin

There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.

Alfred Korzyski

Think globally,
Act locally.

Hazel Henderson

Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.

Mark Twain, Puddinhead Wilson’s Calendar

Discipline doesn’t have to be about restriction, it can be about freedom, it can be about openness, it can be about more rather than less.

Batya Zamir

My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through earth’s loveliness.


You know why newspapers are better than television? You can’t swat flies with a TV.

James Reed