Redistribution Of Wealth

“You are talking to a leftist. I believe in the redistribution of wealth and power in the world. I believe in universal hospital care for everyone. I believe that we should not have a single homeless person in the richest country in the world. And I believe that we should not have a C.I.A. that goes around overwhelming governments and assassinating political leaders, working for tight oligarchies around the world to protect the tight oligarchy here at home.”

~ Abbie Hoffman – Social activist, Chicago Seven participant. Born: November 30, 1936 – Died: April 12, 1989

Simplify Your Life

“Simplify your life. Don’t waste the years struggling for things that are unimportant. Don’t burden yourself with possessions. Keep your needs and wants simple and enjoy what you have. Don’t destroy your peace of mind by looking back, worrying about the past. Live in the present. Simplify!”

~ Henry David Thoreau

Time And Space

“Time and space – time to be alone, space to move about – these may well become the great scarcities of tomorrow.”

~ Edwin Way Teale, Naturalist ~ 1899 – 1980

Act Of Reading

Running a marathon is just like reading a good book. After a while you’re just not conscious of the physical act of reading.

~ Frank Shorter

Dreaming

“It is possible that I am dreaming right now and that all of my perceptions are false.”

~ Rene Descartes, Philosopher ~ 1596 – 1650

Each Day

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.”

~ John Burroughs

The Opposite Of

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”

~ Elie Wiesel

A Good Friend

“A good friend is a connection to life – a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.”

~ Lois Wyse, Author ~ 1926 – 2007

Smiles And Laughter

“Life does not come with instructions on how to live, but it does come with trees, sunsets, smiles and laughter, so enjoy your day.”

~ Debbie Shapiro, Author ~ Born: 1953

Evil

“Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do?”

~ Bret Easton Ellis, Novelist ~ Born: March 7, 1964

The People Of The United States

“The people of the United States are one of the people I most admire in the world. The only thing I don’t understand is why a country that manages to do so well cannot do better in choosing its president.”

~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez

To Be

“To be is to be perceived (Esse est percipi).” Or, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?”

~ George Berkeley

People Know What They Do

“People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don’t know is what what they do does.”

~ Michel Foucault, Philosopher – Born: October 15, 1926 – Died: June 25, 1984

Two People

“Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.”

~ William James

Reading A Novel

“Reading a novel is just a much more involving and intimate experience than the act of watching a film. I mean, you literally get inside of a novelist’s head, and you invest many hours to do so.”

~ Jay McInerney

Wrong Planet

“Sometimes I feel like I’m actually on the wrong planet. It’s great when I’m in my garden, but the minute I go out the gate I think, ‘What the hell am I doing here?”

~ George Harrison – Born: February 25, 1943 – Died: November 29, 2001

Back In Time

“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”

~ Harvey Mackay

Majority Of Men

“The majority of men… are not capable of thinking, but only of believing, and… are not accessible to reason, but only to authority.”

~ Arthur Schopenhauer, Philosopher – 1788-1860

Life Is One Big Road

“Life is one big road with lots of signs,
So when you riding through the ruts,
Don’t you complicate your mind
Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy
Don’t bury your thoughts; put your vision to reality.”

~ Bob Marley

Sunsets

“Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven.”

~ John Lubbock, 1834-1913

The Crazy Ones

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently – they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

~ Steve Jobs

Written In Cursive

Clouds are poems, and the most moving poems linger on the blackboard so long, written in cursive so lovely, they also exist inside our fingertips. We never really erase them at the end of the lesson.

~ Ann Beattie

The Mad Ones

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved.”

~ Jack Kerouac

Butterfly

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”

~ R. Buckminster Fuller

The Sun

“The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.”

~ Galileo Galilei