|Filed Under:||Humor / odd|
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|Archived Since:||July 13, 2011|
"Words draw out words: one can always write a banal, elegant, heartfelt, amusing coherent page on any subject, low or high, simple or complex, frivolous or fundamental."
A generous reminder that we must aim for "a revelation in the heart rather than a confrontation or a call-to-arms or a defense."
"Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, / you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing."
"In the course of looking deeply within ourselves, we may challenge notions that give comfort before the terrors of the world."
"Writers produce literature, and they cannot produce great literature until they have free minds. The free mind has access to all knowledge and speculation of its age, and nothing cramps it like a taboo."
"Without the nonconformist, any society of whatever degree of perfection must fall into decay."
"If the only tool we have ultimately to use is our lives, so we use it in the way we can by choosing a way to live that will demonstrate the way we feel and the way we know."
"For what human problems do ideal solutions exist?"
"I have got to make everything that has happened to me good for me... There is not a single degradation of the body which I must not try and make into a spiritualising of the soul."
"The body’s judgment is as good as the mind’s, and the body shrinks from annihilation. We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking."
A story of wistfulness and whimsy, told with scruffy tenderness.
"The fierce tension in me, when it is properly channeled, creates the good tension for work. But when it becomes unbalanced I am destructive."
From artists to activists, an homage to the unheralded hands and hearts who built one of humanity's most iconic cities.
"It all started with a chicken who could walk backwards and forwards."
"The world’s otherness is antidote to confusion [and] standing within this otherness — the beauty and the mystery of the world, out in the fields or deep inside books — can re-dignify the worst-stung heart."
"I function only by falling in love: with French and France; with the 15th Century; with microbiology, cosmology, sleep research..."
"The meaning and purpose of dancing is the dance."
"Every mental pursuit takes its reality and worth from the ardour of the pursuer."
From disciplinarian to ice cream scooper to elevator operator, "also raised rabbits and ducks."
"Pride... is always a serious fault, the seriousness of which is greater in proportion as the justification for one’s self-esteem is less."