I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity and her flaming self respect, and it’s these things I’d believe in even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be… I love her, and that’s the beginning and end of everything.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (Zelda: A Biography)
Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others. Past and present. And by each crime, and every kindness, we birth our future.
Sonmi-451 (Cloud Atlas)
The purpose of the poetry is not to dazzle us with an astonishing thought, but to make one moment of existence unforgettable and worthy of unbearable nostalgia.
The quieter you become, the more you can hear.
We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.
There are two ways of seeing: with the body and with the soul. The body’s sight can sometimes forget, but the soul remembers forever.
I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.
Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery-celebrate what Jean-Luc Godard said: ‘It’s not where you take things from-it’s where you take them to.’