Words





I am like a table

I am like a table
that eats its own legs off
because it’s fallen
in love with the floor.

from Scenes From the Battle of Us by Cate Marvin

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Now the room expands

"Now the room expands and the iron band round my heart loosens. The miracle has happened. I am happy."

Jean Rhys, Good Morning Midnight

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Steal from anywhere…

“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 it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: ‘It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.’”

Jim Jarmusch

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Leaving

”When you start working, everybody is in your studio - the past, your friends, enemies, the art world, and above all, your own ideas - all are there. But as you continue, they start leaving one by one, and you are left completely alone. Then, if you’re lucky, even you leave.”

Musician John Cage talking to painter Philip Guston, quoted in his daughter Musa Meyer’s book Night Studio
(via OTN)

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We drink too much

"We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living but not a life. We’ve added years to life, not life to years."

George Carlin

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You can never hold back spring

“And even though, you’ve lost your way
The world is dreaming, dreaming of spring
So close your eyes, open your heart to the one who’s dreaming of you
And, you can never hold back spring"

— You Can Never Hold Back Spring
Orphans (Bawlers) - Tom Waits

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To progess in life…

"To progress in life you must give up the things you do not like. Give up doing the things that you do not like to do. You must find the things that you do like. The things that are acceptable to your mind."

Agnes Martin

via Kottke

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Factory of the future

"The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment."

Warren G. Bennis, University of Southern California Professor of Business Administration; adviser to Ronald Regan and John F. Kennedy

source: The Four Hour Work Week – Tim Ferris

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Simply the thing I am

Simply the thing I am
Shall make me live…

Shakespeare

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"What's the secret?"

"Forgiveness," she said, " the secret is forgiveness. Forgiveness isn't charged with emotion; it's a matter of sound common sense. It occurs when you realise that the other person could not have acted otherwise. And that you could not have acted differently either. Very few of us have a choice in decisive situations…"

The Quite Girl – Peter Hoeg (p325)

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To Anybody At All

I didn't want you cosy and neat and limited.
I didn't want you to be understandable,
Understood.
I wanted you to stay mad and limitless,
Neither bound to me nor bound to anyone else's or your own preconceived idea of yourself.

By Margaret Tait,
discovered in 'The Reader' by Ali Smith

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