“As for me, I know nothing else but miracles,
Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,
Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,
Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water,
Or stand under the trees in the woods,
Or talk by day with any one I love,
Or sleep in bed at night with any one I love,
Or watch honey bees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon…
Or the wonderfulness of the sundown,
Or of stars shining so quiet and bright,
Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring…
What stranger miracles are there?”
– Walt Whitman
“Thoughts become perception, perception becomes reality. Alter your thoughts, alter your reality.”
– William James
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
– George Orwell
“Time is never wasted if you remember to bring along something to read.”
– Thomas Pynchon (2012). “Against the Day”, p.211, Penguin
“You will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength”
– Jack Kerouac
“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.”
– Edgar Allan Poe
She’s savoring the all around beauty, of the numerous wild flowers.
We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Damn the rules, it’s the feeling that counts.”
– John Coltrane
Learning never exhausts the mind.
~Leonardo da Vinci
She lives in a household full of mad, whacked-out people.
Living the life of a nomad.
Bio: Novalis was the pseudonym of Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg, an author and philosopher of early German Romanticism.
“A sentence is made up of words, a statement is made in words…. Statements are made, words or sentences are used.”
– J. L. Austin
“Perhaps when distant people on other planets pick up some wavelength of ours all they hear is a continuous scream.”
– Iris Murdoch
Her Sunday breakfast special, soupy pancakes.
What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.
I wish there was a knob on the TV so you could turn up the intelligence. They got one marked “brightness” but it don’t work, does it?
~Leo Anthony Gallagher
An Oxford comma walks into a bar. Orders a gin, and tonic.
~@NeinQuarterly (Nein. Eric Jarosinski, editor), 2013 July 30th tweet
Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?
~David M. Bader – Zen Judaism
Astrophysicist – Born: July 13, 1932
Like butterflies in Spring
Poetry awakens the Spirit,
stirs the imagination and explores
the possibilities with each stroke of its rhythmic wings.
~Jamie Lynn Morris
“A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.”
– E. B. White
The soul has no secret that the behavior does not reveal.
We live in a very tense society. We are pulled apart… and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together…. I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude.
In a rapidly ascending balloon were two men.
One watched the earth getting farther and farther away.
One watched the stars getting nearer and nearer.
~George Jean Nathan, “Viewpoint,” A Book Without a Title, 1918
“The Four Conditions of Happiness: Life in the open air, Love for another being, Freedom from ambition, Creation” ~Albert Camus
“When the world becomes a massive mess with nobody at the helm, it’s time for artists to make their mark.”
– Joni Mitchell
The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.
The best way to stop smoking is to just stop — no ifs, ands or butts.*
*That’s how I did it, [cold turkey] and don’t miss it.
If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.
“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
– William Faulkner
See without looking,
hear without listening,
breathe without asking.
You never know what is enough, until you know what is more than enough.
~William Blake, Proverbs of Hell
Beauty without expression is boring.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
All great achievements require time.
The daily daydreamers bus has arrived.
“I just want a hot cup of coffee,black,and I don’t want to hear about your troubles.”
– Charles Bukowski
“Poetry is a naked woman, a naked man, and the distance between them.”
– Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Don’t look where you fall, but where you slipped.
Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.
“Put down the pen someone else gave you.
No one ever drafted a life worth living on borrowed ink.”
– Jack Kerouac