Museful Knowledge

Pt. 1

“People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.”
― Jim Morrison

“It is a time for martyrs now, and if I am to be one, it will be for the cause of brotherhood. That’s the only thing that can save this country. Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society. The only way we’ll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the oppressed people.” –Malcolm X.

“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. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About 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 people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

― Apple Inc.

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

― Albert Einstein

“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”

― C.S. Lewis

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”

― Charles Bukowski

“Let me tell you about love, that silly word you believe is about whether you like somebody or whether somebody likes you or whether you can put up with somebody in order to get something or someplace you want or you believe it has to do with how your body responds to another body like robins or bison or maybe you believe love is how forces or nature or luck is benign to you in particular not maiming or killing you but if so doing it for your own good. Love is none of that. There is nothing in nature like it. Not in robins or bison or in the banging tails of your hunting dogs and not in blossoms or suckling foal. Love is divine only and difficult always. If you think it is easy you are a fool. If you think it is natural you are blind. It is a learned application without reason or motive except that it is God. You do not deserve love regardless of the suffering you have endured. You do not deserve love because somebody did you wrong. You do not deserve love just because you want it. You can only earn – by practice and careful contemplations – the right to express it and you have to learn how to accept it. Which is to say you have to earn God. You have to practice God. You have to think God-carefully. And if you are a good and diligent student you may secure the right to show love. Love is not a gift. It is a diploma. A diploma conferring certain privileges: the privilege of expressing love and the privilege of receiving it. How do you know you have graduated? You don’t. What you do know is that you are human and therefore educable, and therefore capable of learning how to learn, and therefore interesting to God, who is interested only in Himself which is to say He is interested only in love. Do you understand me? God is not interested in you. He is interested in love and the bliss it brings to those who understand and share the interest. Couples that enter the sacrament of marriage and are not prepared to go the distance or are not willing to get right with the real love of God cannot thrive. They may cleave together like robins or gulls or anything else that mates for life. But if they eschew this mighty course, at the moment when all are judged for the disposition of their eternal lives, their cleaving won’t mean a thing. God bless the pure and holy. Amen.”

― Toni Morrison, Paradise

“I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve. But I was outside the Bagdad Theater in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone. I stood there for fifteen minutes, and he never opened his eyes.

After that I liked jazz music.

Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.

I used to not like God because God didn’t resolve. But that was before any of this happened.”

― Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

“And so my prayer is that your story will have involved some leaving and some coming home, some summer and some winter, some roses blooming out like children in a play. My hope is your story will be about changing, about getting something beautiful born inside of you about learning to love a woman or a man, about learning to love a child, about moving yourself around water, around mountains, around friends, about learning to love others more than we love ourselves, about learning oneness as a way of understanding God. We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God has established the elements, the setting and the climax and the resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn’t it?

It might be time for you to go. It might be time to change, to shine out.

I want to repeat one word for you:

Leave.

Roll the word around on your tongue for a bit. It is a beautiful word, isn’t it? So strong and forceful, the way you have always wanted to be. And you will not be alone. You have never been alone. Don’t worry. Everything will still be here when you get back. It is you who will have changed.”

― Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road

“The impossible is the least that one can demand.”

― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

“I want to live a truly religious life, and express it in my music. If you live it, when you play there’s no problem because the music is a part of everything…my music is the spiritual expression of what I am – my faith, my knowledge, my being.” – John Coltrane

“The intellectual world is deeply conformist. Hans Morgenthau, who was a founder of realist international relations theory, once condemned what he called ‘the conformist subservience to power’ on the part of the intellectuals. George Orwell wrote that nationalists, who are practically the whole intellectual class of a country, not only do not disapprove of the crimes of their own state, but have the remarkable capacity not even to see them. That is correct. We talk a lot about the crimes of others. When it comes to our own crimes, we are nationalists in the Orwellian sense.” – Noam Chomsky

“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe…The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability…Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them…Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” – Arundhati Roy

“The prophetic art that arises from this condition of perpetual exile does not simply ‘escape’ from the pragmatic demands of politics. But neither does it deny the ark of imagination that lies on the other side of the inner door, a tricky craft capable of navigating through the shadowed valleys of this world, guided by a black star whose very invisibility renders its virtual possibilities infinite.” – Erik Davis

The Revolutionary Theatre must take dreams and give them a reality. It must isolate the ritual and historical cycles of reality. But it must be food for all these who need food, and daring propaganda for the beauty of the Human Mind.

– Amiri Baraka [LeRoi Jones]

“All music is what awakes within us when we are reminded by the instrument;

It is not the violins or the clarinet;

It is not the beating of the drums, nor the score of the baritone singing his sweet romanza; nor that of the men’s nor that of the women’s chorus – It is nearer and farther than they.”

– Lovingly, Eunice Waymon, Age 12 [Dr. Nina Simone]

“…the Negro thinks in hieroglyphics.” – Zora Neale Hurston

Pt.2

“They say a picture paints a thousand words; I’d argue the opposite.”
– Luke Prater

“The greatest gift you gave me was free-will. I have no intention of giving it back.”
― Unknown

“If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.”
― Louis Armstrong

“Crying is all right in its own way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.”
― C.S. Lewis

“Beware of the half truth, you may have gotten hold of the wrong half.”
— Author Unknown

“Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A few things to keep in mind while sitting down to write a poem:
Charles Simic

Don’t tell the readers what they already know about life.
Don’t assume you’re the only one in the world who suffers.
Some of the greatest poems in the language are sonnets and poems not many lines longer than that, so don’t overwrite.
The use of images, similes and metaphors make poems concise. Close your eyes, and let your imagination tell you what to do.
Say the words you are writing aloud and let your ear decide what word comes next.
What you are writing down is a draft that will need additional tinkering, perhaps many months, and even years of tinkering.
Remember, a poem is a time machine you are constructing, a vehicle that will allow someone to travel in their own mind, so don’t be surprised if it takes a while to get all its engine parts properly working.
Eclecticism is the word. Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out of the styles around him, I play by ear.
–Ralph Ellison

“The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer.”
– Marcus Aurelius

For I am my mother’s daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart. ~Mary McLeod Bethune
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise. ~Maya Angelou, “Still I Rise,” And Still I Rise
For Africa to me… is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place. ~Maya Angelou
We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice. ~Carter Woodson, 1926
This being Black History Month, I would like to ask people to celebrate the similarities and not focus on the differences between people of color and not of color. ~Lynn Swann
The African-American experience is one of the most important threads in the American tapestry. ~Bill Frist
I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history. ~Morgan Freeman
The African race is a rubber ball. The harder you dash it to the ground, the higher it will rise. ~African Proverb
I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me. ~Muhammad Ali
You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man. ~Frederick Douglass
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
I swear to the Lord
I still can’t see
Why Democracy means
Everybody but me.
~Langston Hughes
I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes…. Even in the helter-skelter skirmish that is my life, I have seen that the world is to the strong regardless of a little pigmentation more or less. No, I do not weep at the world – I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife. ~Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me, 1928
Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face. ~Carol Moseley-Braun
Freedom is never given; it is won. ~A. Philip Randolph
Black people have always been America’s wilderness in search of a promised land. ~Cornel West, “Nihilism in America,” Race Matters, 1993
There is no Negro problem. The problem is whether the American people have loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough, to live up to their own constitution. ~Frederick Douglass
You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation. ~Billie Holiday
Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power. ~Barbara Jordan
If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves and allow those responsible to salve their conscience by believing that they have our acceptance and concurrence. We should, therefore, protest openly everything… that smacks of discrimination or slander. ~Mary McLeod Bethune
Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color. ~Author Unknown
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. ~Frederick Douglass
We are the wrong people of the wrong skin in the wrong continent and what in the hell is everybody being reasonable about? ~June Jordan
We do not deride the fears of prospering white America. A nation of violence and private property has every reason to dread the violated and the deprived. ~June Jordan
No race can prosper till it learns there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem. ~Booker T. Washington
In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress. ~Booker T. Washington
The United States has been called the melting pot of the world. But it seems to me that the colored man either missed getting into the pot or he got melted down. ~Thurgood Marshall
It’s just like when you’ve got some coffee that’s too black, which means it’s too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won’t even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep. ~Malcolm X
Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion. ~William Lloyd Garrison
Racism isn’t born, folks, it’s taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list. ~Dennis Leary
One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings. ~Franklin Thomas
To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color is like living in Alaska and being against snow. ~William Faulkner
Racial superiority is a mere pigment of the imagination. ~Author Unknown
Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can. ~Arthur Ashe
I am an invisible man…. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids – and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. ~Ralph Ellison
I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks. ~Harper Lee
The time is always right to do what is right. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others…. One ever feels his twoness, – an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder. ~W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk, 1903
We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers. Our abundance has brought us neither peace of mind nor serenity of spirit. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today we know with certainty that segregation is dead. The only question remaining is how costly will be the funeral. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our nation is a rainbow – red, yellow, brown, black, and white – and we’re all precious in God’s sight. ~Jesse Jackson, speech at Democratic National Convention, San Francisco, 17 July 1984
“We, the people.” It is a very eloquent beginning. But when that document was completed on the seventeenth of September in 1787 I was not included in that “We, the people.” I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation and court decision I have finally been included in “We, the people.” ~Barbara Jordan
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better. –Martin Luther King, Jr.
I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up. ~Rosa Parks
[W]hen you first name becomes “nigger,” your middle name becomes “boy” (however old you are), and your wife and mother are never given the respected title “Mrs.”; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro… when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of “nobodiness” – then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. ~Oprah Winfrey
The shadow of a mighty Negro past flits through the tale of Ethiopia the shadowy and of the Egypt the Sphinx. Throughout history, the powers of single blacks flash here and there like falling stars, and die sometimes before the world has rightly gauged their brightness. ~W.E.B. DuBois
We black men seem the sole oasis of simple faith and reverence in a dusty desert of dollars and smartness. ~W.E.B. DuBois
To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships. ~W.E.B. DuBois
In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate. ~Toni Morrison
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. ~Abraham Lincoln
You can not possibly have a broader basis for government than that which includes all the people, with all their rights in their hands, and with an equal power to maintain their rights. ~William Lloyd Garrison
I am working for the time when unqualified blacks, browns, and women join the unqualified men in running our government. ~Cissy Farenthold
Be nice to whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity. ~Desmond Tutu
Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason. ~Abraham Joshua Heschel
Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart. ~Countess of Blessington
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. ~Robert F. Kennedy
The majority of the Negroes who took part in the year-long boycott of Montgomery’s buses were poor and untutored; but they understood the essence of the Montgomery movement; one elderly woman summed it up for the rest. When asked after several weeks of walking whether she was tired, she answered: “My feet is tired, but my soul is at rest.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Even when the polls are open to all, Negroes have shown themselves too slow to exercise their voting privileges. There must be a concerted effort on the part of Negro leaders to arouse their people from their apathetic indifference…. In the past, apathy was a moral failure. Today, it is a form of moral and political suicide. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Negro is the child of two cultures – Africa and America. The problem is that in the search for wholeness all too many Negroes seek to embrace only one side of their natures. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
As I like to say to the people in Montgomery: “The tension in this city is not between white people and Negro people. The tension is, at bottom, between justice and injustice, between the forces of light and the forces of darkness.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
There is such a thing as the freedom of exhaustion. Some people are so worn down by the yoke of oppression that they give up…. The oppressed must never allow the conscience of the oppressor to slumber…. To accept injustice or segregation passively is to say to the oppressor that his actions are morally right. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
American means white, and Africanist people struggle to make the term applicable to themselves with ethnicity and hyphen after hyphen after hyphen. ~Toni Morrison, Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination, 1992
My father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I’m going to stay right here and have a part of it, just like you. And no fascist-minded people like you will drive me from it. ~Paul Robeson
When I found I had crossed that line, I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything. ~Harriet Tubman, on her first escape from slavery, 1845
I felt that one had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or rat in a trap. I had already determined to sell my life as dearly as possible if attacked. I felt if I could take one lyncher with me, this would even up the score a little bit. ~Ida B. Wells
As long as the colored man look to white folks to put the crown on what he say… as long as he looks to white folks for approval… then he ain’t never gonna find out who he is and what he’s about. ~August Wilson, .Jr.
The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance. ~Maya Angelou
Is a civilization naturally backward because it is different? Outside of cannibalism, which can be matched in this country, at least, by lynching, there is no vice and no degradation in native African customs which can begin to touch the horrors thrust upon them by white masters. Drunkenness, terrible diseases, immorality, all these things have been gifts of European civilization. ~W.E.B. DuBois
Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the liberties of the world are put in peril. ~William Lloyd Garrison
The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box. As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it – whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash. ~Harper Lee
Prejudice is the child of ignorance. ~William Hazlitt
I will always remember my delight when Mrs. Georgia Gilmore – an unlettered woman of unusual intelligence – told how an operator demanded that she get off the bus after paying her fare and board it again by the back door, and then drove away before she could get there. She turned to Judge Carter and said: “When they count the money, they do not know Negro money from white money.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
We did not hesitate to call our movement an army. But it was a special army, with no supplies but its sincerity, no uniform but its determination, no arsenal except its faith, no currency but its conscience. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
The problem with hatred and violence is that they intensity the fears of the white majority, and leave them less ashamed of their prejudices toward Negroes. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
[W]e are the heirs of a past of rope, fire, and murder. I for one am not ashamed of this past. My shame is for those who became so inhuman that they could inflict this torture upon us. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
There comes a time when people get tired of being plunged into the abyss of exploitation and nagging injustice. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
When the Negro was completely an underdog, he needed white spokesmen. Liberals played their parts in this period exceedingly well…. But now that the Negro has rejected his role as an underdog, he has become more assertive in his search for identity and group solidarity; he wants to speak for himself. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
If you will protest courageously, and yet with dignity and Christian love, when the history books are written in future generations, the historians will have to pause and say, “There lived a great people – a black people – who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization.” This is our challenge and our overwhelming responsibility. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
And so we shall have to do more than register and more than vote; we shall have to create leaders who embody virtues we can respect, who have moral and ethical principles we can applaud with enthusiasm. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you to go on in spite of all. And so today I still have a dream. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Pt. 3

” Do not play what’s there. Play what’s not there.”
— Miles Davis

“After all I’ve never seen a big difference between what sudden and what I compose. Improvisation is simply an expedited procedure of composing that does not allow any kind of corrections, changes, omissions, and in fact here the risks are much greater “.
— Keith Jarrett

“I am only / that it of the precise instant.”
–Clark Coolidge
“I was afraid we would die before we could make a statement, but you said that language presupposes meaning, which would be swallowed by the roar of the water.” –Rosemarie Waldrop
“Haiku is not a shriek, a howl, a sigh, or a yawn; rather, it is the deep breath of life.” Santoka Taneda, Mountain Tasting: Haiku and Journals of Santoka Taneda

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

“Real haiku is the soul of poetry. Anything that is not actually present in one’s heart is not haiku. The moon glows, flowers bloom, insects cry, water flows. There is no place we cannot find flowers or think of the moon. This is the essence of haiku. Go beyond the restrictions of your era, forget about purpose or meaning, separate yourself from historical limitations — there you will find the essence of true art, religion and science.” Santoka Taneda, Mountain Tasting: Haiku and Journals of Santoka Taneda

“Paint what you like and die happy.” Henry Miller

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” Vincent Van Gogh

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams

“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.” Rumi

“It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see new meaning in it.” Anais NIn

“A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Storytellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art of using words well. And their words make the souls of their readers stronger, brighter, deeper.” Ursula K. Le Guin

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” Leonardo da Vinci

“Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you that music has boundaries. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.” Charlie Parker

“The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.” Pablo Picasso

“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.” James Baldwin

“The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one’s life and discover one’s usefulness.” John Cheever

“Writing, real writing, should leave a small sweet bruise somewhere on the writer . . . and on the reader.” Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” Octavia Butler

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” Plato

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Albert Einstein

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”
Beverly Sills

“To dream of the person you wish to be is to waste the person you are.”
Author Unknown

“Do what you can with what you’ve got wherever you are.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”
Henry Van Dyke

“It is not length of Life, but depth of life.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might just be the world.”
Author Unknown

“The same hammer that breaks the glass forges the steel.”
Russian Proverb

“Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.”
Author Unknown

“We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.”
Tim McGraw

“And sometimes when you turn, there is a shoulder to lean upon, a smile to believe in, a hand to hold. Those are the times your faith in the world is restored.”
Nirvikar Dahiya

“Laughter is the music of life.”
Sir William Osler

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it within us or we willfind it not.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true.”
John Lilly

“Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first and the lesson afterward.”
Author Unknown

“We all have strength enough to bear the misfortunes of others.”
Francois Rochefoucauld

“They who wonder discover that this in itself is wonder.”
M.C. Escher

“Every heart that has beat strong and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

“Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.”
Cicero, 44 B.C.

“In the giving-is the getting.”
David Matoc

“The impossible is often the untried.”
Jim Goodwin

“To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.”
Johnson, 1709-1784

“Anyone can become angry-that is easy, but to become angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way-that is not easy.”
Aristotle

“Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.”
Goethe, 1749-1832

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”
Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”
Will Rogers

“Sickness is felt, but health not at all.”
Thomas Fuller

“Hope is the pillar that holds up the world.”
Pliny the Elder

“My religion is very simple, my religion is kindness.”
Dalai Lamg

“Life is like a card of games. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.”
Jawaharial Nehru, 1889-1964

“The important thing is to not stop questioning.”
Albert Einstein, 1879-1955

“It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809-1894

“It’s not your circumstances that shape you, it’s how you react to your circumstances.”
Anne Ortlund

“For all of us, as we grow older, perhaps the most important thing is to keep alive our love of others and to believe that our love and interest are as vitally necessary to them as to us. This is what makes us keep on growing and refills the fountains of energy.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Sometimes the simplest gesture seems like the biggest showing of kindness possible.”
Erica Lynn Dager

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
Buddha

“The most I can do for my friend is simply to be a friend.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.”
Aristotle

“It is not the years in your life, but the life in your years that counts the most.”
Adlai Stevenson

“It takes strength to be gentle and kind.”
Stephen Morrisey

“A hero is a person who does what he or she can.”
Roman Rolland

“It is a curious thing in human experience, but to live through a period of stress and sorrow with another person creates a bond which nothing seems able to break.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.”
Author Unknown

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matter compared to what lies within us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The best things in life are never rationed. Friendship, loyalty, love, do not require coupons.”
George T. Hewitt

“There can be no better exercise for strengthening the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
Gibson Publishing

“Where there is unity there is always victory.”
Publilius Syrus

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor touched, but are felt in the heart.”
Gibson Publishing

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a spring day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
Sir. J. Lubbock

“To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.”
William Hazlitt, 1823

“Goodness is the only investment that never fails.”
Henry David Thoreau

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
E. Hubbard

“Nothing is quite as funny as the unintended humor of reality.”
Steve Allen

“Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.”
John Lennon

“Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
Mark Twain

“Sometimes people come into our lives and change it forever, and we never ever stay the same.”
Charles Goodrow

“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.”
Sally Koch

“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”
Author Unknown

“Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.”
Michael Caine

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses.”
Author Unknown

“We are not put on earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.”
Jeff Warner

“How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realize we have discovered a friend.”
William Rotsler

“It’s not denial. I’m selective about the reality I accept.”
Calvin

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”
Madeleine L’Engle

“We are never alone. We are all aspects of one great being. No matter how far apart we are, the air links us.”
Yoko Ono

“Team spirit is knowing and living the belief that what a group of people can accomplish together is much larger, far greater, and will exceed that which an individual can accomplish alone.”
Diane Arias

“What comes from the heart goes to the heart.”
Samuel Coleridge

“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.”
Lord Byrom

“Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.”
Ed Cunningham

“To know someone with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts expressed, that can make life a garden.”
Goethe

“Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those you hold well.”
Josh Billings

“Kindness is more important than wisdom and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.”
Theodore Isaac Rubin

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
Mother Teresa

“I like nonsense,it wakens up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
Dr. Seuss

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”
Victor Borge

“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”
Herm Albright

“Nothing is worth more than this day.”
Goethe

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

“If at first you don’t succeed, you’re running about average.”
M.H. Alderson

“Life is like a ten speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.”
Charles Schultz

“There is nothing permanent except change.”
Heraditus

“I think these difficult times have helped me understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that so many things that one goes around worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.”
Isak Dinesen

“We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.”
Author Unknown

“Yesterday’s the past and tomorrow’s the future. Today is a gift which is why they call it the present.”
Bill Keane

“The miracle is this; the more we share, the more we have.”
Leonard Nimoy

“Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.”
Cicero, 44 B.C.

“Seven days without laughter makes one weak.”
Mort Walker

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”
Ken Olson, 1977 (president of Digital Equipment Corp.)

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
Albert Einstein

“Out of clutter, find simplicity; from discord, find harmony; in the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.”
Albert Einstein

“There are no such things as strangers, only friends that we have not yet met.”
Author Unknown

“Of all the days, the day on which one has not laughed is the one most surely wasted.”
Sebastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort, 1741-1794, French writer

“Hope is like a road in the country. There never was a road; but, when many people walk together, the road comes into existence.”
From the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
Helen Keller

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echos are truly endless.”
Mother Teresa

“Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”
John Wooden

“Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.”
John Updike, 1989, U.S. author & critic

“One cool judgement is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.”
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), Speech January 29, 1916 in Pittsburgh

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.”
Antoine de Saint Exupery (1900-1944), French aviator and author

“Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: All of them make me laugh.”
W.H. Auden 1907-1977, Anglo-American poet

“Only great pain is, as the teacher of great suspicion, the ultimate liberator of the spirit…I doubt whether such pain improves us-but I do know it deepens us.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, 1887 (German philosopher, 1844-1900)

“It is not length of life, but depth of life.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”
Henry Van Dyke

“Do what you can with what you’ve got wherever you are.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“To dream of the person you wish to be is to waste the person you are.”
Author Unknown

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try”
Beverly Sills

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Albert Einstein

“Our greatest glory is not failing, but in rising every time we fail.”
Confucius

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
John Wooden

“Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.”
Henry Van Dyke

“Love is the best thing in the world, and the thing that lives the longest.”
Henry Van Dyke

“Those who do not feel pain seldom think that it is felt.”
Dr. Samuel Johnson

“I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star. I’d rather be a has-been than a might-have-been by far; for a might-have-been has never been, but a has-been was once an are.”
Milton Berle

“Worry is as useless as a handle on a snowball.”
Mitzi Chandler

“Any ordinary favor we do for someone or any compassionate reaching out may seem to be going nowhere at first, but may be planting a seed we can’t see right now. Sometimes we need to just do the best we can and then trust in an unfolding we can’t design or ordain.”
Sharon Salzberg

“The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It;s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the wind and rains and the scorching sun.”
Napoleon Hill

” It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.”
Lena Horne

“Keep you face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.”
Helen Keller

“The best thing about the future is that is comes one day at a time.”
Abraham Lincoln

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step foward your always in the same place.”
Nora Roberts

“A good hand and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
Nelson Mandela

“There are two ways of exerting ones strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.”
Booker T. Washington

“Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.”
John Maxwell

“In this life we cannot always do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”
Mother Teresa

“A person that values it’s privileges above its principles soon loses both.”
Dwight Eisenhower

” The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.”
Henry Van Dyke

“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”
Robert H. Goddard

“Never deprive someone of hope; it may be all they have.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give”
Sir Winston Churchill

“It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret”
Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“We all have a few failures under our belt. It’s what makes us ready for the successes.”
Randy K. Milholland

“Don’t count every hour in the day, make every hour in the day count.”
Anonymous

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
The Dalai Lama

“Count your age by friends, not years
Count your life by smiles, not tears”
Unknown

“A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose – a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.”
John Maxwell

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
Albert Einstein

Pt. 4
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. ~ Frederick Douglas

I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were
Slaves. ~ Harriet Tubman

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music” -Nietzche

“.الجيات أحسن من الرايحات
What is coming is better than what is gone.”
— Arabic Proverb

“To try slowly and humbly and constantly to express, to press out again, from the gross earth or what it brings forth, from sound and shape and color which are the prison gates of our soul, an image of the beauty we have come to understand—that is art.”
– James Joyce

“Poetry is nobody’s business except the poet’s, and everybody else can fuck off.”
― Philip Larkin

“Music isn’t about music. It’s about life”.
–Herbie Hancock

“Life is the Art of Drawing without an Eraser.” – Oscar Wilde

“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.” –Voltaire

“The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize his ability.”- Confucius
“The superior man avails himself to people of the Tao and corrects himself. This is a person of whom you can say, ‘he loves learning.”-Confucius

“Do I dare disturb the universe?” – T.S. Eliot

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” –HENRY DAVID THOREAU

“I have sea foam in my veins, I understand the language of waves.”
— Jean Cocteau

“I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.”
– Socrates

“The truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is.”
–Nadine Gordimer

“When a thing disturbs the peace of your heart, give it up.”
~ Prophet Muhammad

“I felt like crying but nothing came out. It was just a sort of sad sickness, sick sad when you can’t feel any worse. I think you know it. I think everybody knows it now and then but I think I have known it pretty often, too often.”
~ Charles Bukowski
“I lay and cried, and began to feel again, to admit I was human, vulnerable, sensitive.”
~ Sylvia Plath

“When we did our first jobs around New York, Lee’s chops were still healing after an unfortunate altercation that left him with a busted lip and some very loose front teeth. He had to have his teeth wired together with braces to hold them in place. To avoid pinching his lips against the braces he had to change the lip placement on the mouthpiece. The healing process was painful and slow. Many nights his endurance was so low he could only play one set before the chops were finished for the evening. It was during this period that I had the great opportunity to see the real Lee Morgan. He played through the pain to rebuild his lip and week after week he got stronger and more comfortable with his new placement of the horn. A problem that could have ended his career became a source of his greatest strength. It was awesome to see how much courage he had.”
—Bennie Maupin, “Lee Morgan: Live at the Lighthouse”

“Now I am quietly waiting for
the catastrophe of my personality
to seem beautiful again,
and interesting, and modern”
~Frank O’Hara
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
–T. S. Eliot

“Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
12 Carl Jung Quotes
[Carl Gustav Jung was a psychiatrist, an influential thinker and the founder of Analytical Psychology.]
1. Words are animals, alive with a will of their own.
2. All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination?
3. The true leader is always led.
4. Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.
5. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.
6. Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.
7. Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
8. Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off.
9. If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.
10. It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.
11. Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
12. Astrology is assured of recognition from psychology, without further restrictions, because astrology represents the summation of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity.
“Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability.”
― H.P. Lovecraft

“Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again.” – Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

“The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.” — Amy Glamos

“If only one line in the poem has energy, then cut the rest out and leave only that one line.”
— William Carlos Williams

“Write one good line, you’ll be famous. Write a lot of lukewarm pieces, you’ll put people to sleep.”
—Natalie Goldberg

You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics. ~ Charles Bukowski

We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t.
~ Charles Bukowski

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.” – Henry David Thoreau

“People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.” – Nelson Mandela

“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it. We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” ~Anaïs Nin

We are infected by our own misunderstanding
of how our own minds work.
–Kevin Kelly

“…Call Me… And I will answer you

…My eyes shall be open, and My ears will be attentive.. to the prayer that is lifted from this place

…The eyes of The Lord are upon the righteous; and His ear is open to their cry…
The righteous cry out and The Lord listens.. and He brings us out of all our troubles

…And when he heard that Jesus was passing bye; that one who was in a desperate situation cried out.. Jesus!!! Son of David…have mercy on me…
Jesus stood still…answered him and said: What do you want Me to do for you..?”
–Jeremiah 33. 2 Chronicles 7. Psalms 34. Mark 10.

“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.”
~ Emily Dickinson

“We live as we dream–alone….”
― Joseph Conrad

“If you know someone who’s depressed,
please resolve never to ask them why.
Depression isn’t a straightforward response
to a bad situation;
depression just is, like the weather.”
–Stephen Frye

The world of dew
is the world of dew.
And yet, and yet–
― Kobayashi

“…I was reading the dictionary.
I thought it was a poem about everything.”
–Steven Wright
Cycling Quotes
And remember, in the words of John F. Kennedy – “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.”

“Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” ~ Eddy Merckx

“Bicycles may change, but cycling is timeless.” ~ Zapata Espinoza

“The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.” ~ William Saroyan Nobel prize winner

“Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There’s something wrong with a society that drives a car to work out in a gym.” ~ Bill Nye

“Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” ~ Charles M. Schulz

You never have the wind with you — either it is against you or you’re having a good day. ~ Daniel Behrman The man who loved bicycles; the memoirs of an autophobe

On my tenth birthday a bicycle and an atlas coincided as presents and a few days later I decided to cycle to India. ~ Dervla Murphy Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle

“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” ~ H.G. Wells

“There is nothing, absolutely nothing, quite so worthwhile as simply messing about on bicycles.” ~ Tom Kunich

“Life may not be about your bike, but it sure can help you get through it.” ~ Hallman

“Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.” ~ Grant Petersen

“It never gets easier, you just go faster.” ~ Greg LeMond

“It’s the first machine we master as children and the one we abandon when the seductions of the automobile take over.” ~Colman Mc Cartly

“Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live.” ~ Mark Twain

“Like dogs, bicycles are social catalysts that attract a superior category of people.” ~ Chip Brown

“Cyclers see considerable more of this beautiful world than any other class of citizens. A good bicycle, well applied, will cure most ills this flesh is heir to.” ~ Dr. K. K. Doty

“If constellations had been named in the 20th century, I suppose we would see bicycles.” ~ Carl Sagan

“A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke.” ~ Scott Stoll

“A bicycle ride is a flight from sadness.” ~ James E. Starrs

“The advantages? Exercise, no parking problems, gas prices, it’s fun. An automobile is expensive. You have to find a place to park and it’s not fun. So why not ride a bicycle? I recommend it.” ~ Stephen G. Breyer

“Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.” ~ H.G. Wells

“The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community.” ~ Ann Strong

“The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.” ~ John Howard

“Bicycles have no walls.” ~ Paul Cornish

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

…Do you not know; Have you not heard..?

…He is excellent in power

…He is great! He is GOD..
all by Himself

…Is there anything too hard for The Lord..?

Isaiah 40. Job 37. Psalms 86. Genesis 18.

“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly
— they’ll go through anything.You read and you’re pierced.”
― Aldous Huxley

“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.”
–Aristotle

“This is life…by all means necessary”
― Natasha Head

“The most complicated skill is to be simple.”
― Dejan Stojanovic

“These things I have written to you so you may know that you have eternal life.”
― Apostle John

“A system that warehouses people is not the cure for social ills”
― Amiri Baraka

“We walked through night until there was a poem.”
― Brenda Hillman

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
― Dr. Seuss

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”
― Narcotics Anonymous

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, Or, How to Philosophize With the Hammer

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”
― Bob Marley

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
― Marilyn Monroe

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
― Albert Einstein

“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.”
― Gordon A. Eadie

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
― Albert Einstein

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“I love mankind … it’s people I can’t stand!!”
― Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 5: 1959-1960

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
― Confucius
“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
― Mark Twain

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
― Nicolas Chamfort

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“don’t worry, if it’s suppose to happen, it will.”
__ @Ku Veo (on Twitter)

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”
–Leonard Cohen

“She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
–Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

“Perhaps you can write better if you leave the mistakes.”
–Jorge Luis Borges

“I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.”
–Richard Wright
“Don’t have conversations taking place in empty space. Weave in background details of where the action (dialogue is a form of “action”) is taking place. Don’t have invisible people talking, either. Let the reader see them as they speak – their facial expressions and gestures. And by all means “cue” the speeches to the speakers.”
–Lee Wyndham

“There can’t be art without risk. It’s like saying No Sex, and then expecting there to be children.”
–Francis Ford Coppola
Sylvia Plath Quotes:
“Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences.”

“I know pretty much what I like and dislike; but please, don’t ask me who I am.”

“I desire the things that will destroy me in the end.”

“Kiss me, and you will see how important I am.”

“What horrifies me most is the idea of being useless: well-educated, brilliantly promising, and fading out into an indifferent middle age.”

“I am too pure for you or anyone.”

“If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.”

“Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.”

“I like people too much or not at all. I’ve got to go down deep, to fall into people, to really know them.”

“To articulate what is past does not mean to recognize “how it really was.” It means to take control of a memory, as it flashes in a moment of danger. For historical materialism it is a question of holding fast to a picture of the past, just as if it had unexpectedly thrust itself, in a moment of danger, on the historical subject. The danger threatens the stock of tradition as much as its recipients. For both it is one and the same: handing itself over as the tool of the ruling classes. In every epoch, the attempt must be made to deliver tradition anew from the conformism which is on the point of overwhelming it. For the Messiah arrives not merely as the Redeemer; he also arrives as the vanquisher of the Anti-Christ. The only writer of history with the gift of setting alight the sparks of hope in the past, is the one who is convinced of this: that not even the dead will be safe from the enemy, if he is victorious. And this enemy has not ceased to be victorious.”
—Walter Benjamin

“It has never been the purpose and effect of new art to suppress the old, its predecessor, certainly not to destroy it. Quite the contrary: no one loves his predecessors more deeply, more fervently, more respectfully, than the artist who gives us something truly new.”
—Arnold Schoenberg

“I wanted ‘Song of Songs’ to have a significant, not melody, but sound. I guess that’s inherent in the five-tone scale. It has a major/minor sound at the same time. . .it’s built on an F triad with a flatted 9th and a flatted 13th inverted on the bottom of the triad, which gives it a much broader sound. When I wrote it I was thinking about something I could dedicate to the suffering in Indochina, because I like to relate my music to the times or my environment. And we all have to admit that war has had some influence on us in some way or another, and that was my way of expressing to the people of Indochina my concern.”
—Woody Shaw, Song of Songs, Liner Notes, 1972

“The critic’s symbol should be the tumble-bug: he deposits his egg in somebody else’s dung, otherwise he could not hatch it.”
—Mark Twain, Notebook, 1904
“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”
—Swami Vivekananda

“The idea is a monad—the pre-established representation of phenomena resides within it, as in their objective interpretation. The higher the order of the ideas, the more perfect the representation contained within them. And so the real world could well constitute a task, in the sense that it would be a question of penetrating so deeply into everything real as to reveal thereby an objective interpretation of the world. . . The idea is a monad—that means briefly: every idea contains the image of the world.”
—Walter Benjamin (b. July 15, 1892 — d. September 26, 1940)

Painting is one of the few weapons we have against the deafness of history.
–Aimee Cesaire
Pt. 5.1
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness”.
~Dalai Lama XIV

“To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.”
~Robert Frost.

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”
~Leonard Cohen

“There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it”
~Gustave Flaubert.

” Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.”
~Novalis

“Where words fail, music speaks.”
~Hans Christian Andersen

“Whatever the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth -whether it existed before or not.”
“I want a brighter word than bright like.”
-John Keats

“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.”
~Edgar Allan Poe.

“I believe that reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found. By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well. This to me is a miracle.”
-Kurt Vonnegut

“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say. I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live. We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect. If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.”
~Anaïs Nin

“In quoting others, we cite ourselves.”
~Julio Cortázar

“I was about 14 or 15 and hip to many great trumpeters, but when I heard Clifford Brown with Max Roach, I completely flipped. I felt an immediate connection and affinity with Clifford. It’s difficult to explain specifically what it was about his playing that struck me so deeply. All I know is, when I heard his playing, I immediately got a sense of the jazz legacy, and I had a desire to be part of it. Then, when I found out that Clifford died in June, 1956 — the same month and year I started playing — I realized there was a mystical force that drew me to the trumpet, and I knew the reason I was here was to be a jazz musician.” —Woody Shaw

“For the people that paid their hard earned money to come into the disco techs, I don’t think it is totally fair, really, to just start a record from the beginning and wait for it to end to mix the next one in. I mean, you’re not doing no work. If you are going to do work, do work.” – Grand Master Flash (1983)
“The kids and the grown-ups are not criminal or low by nature. Poverty, however, and frustration have made some of them too desperate to be decent. Some of them don’t try any more.” – Langston Hughes, on Harlem in 1944
“If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.” -Mother Teresa

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — `Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.’ — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh.

To be great is to be misunderstood.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
“To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men — that is genius.

Speak your latent conviction, and it shall be the universal sense; for the inmost in due time becomes the outmost, and our first thought is rendered back to us by the trumpets of the Last Judgment.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The blues is an impulse to keep the painful details and episodes of a brutal experience alive in one’s aching consciousness, to finger its jagged grain, and to transcend it, not by the consolation of philosophy but by squeezing from it a near-tragic, near-comic lyricism. As a form, the blues is an autobiographical chronicle of personal catastrophe expressed lyrically.”
― Ralph Ellison, Living with Music: Jazz Writings

“The most original authors are not so because they advance what is new, but because they put what they have to say as if it had never been said before.”
—Goethe

“Character is higher than intellect.”
—Emerson

Pt. 5.2
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
–Albert Einstein

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream in the dark recesses of the night awake in the day to find all was vanity. But the dreamers of day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, and make it possible.”
-T.E. Lawrence

“Beauty is felt not seen.”
— Leroi Poet

Musicians are always gigging and never have a chance to stop for a minute.
– Keith Jarrett

I cannot say what I think is right about music.
I only know the rightness of it.
– Keith Jarrett

I love many kinds of music: world music,
jazz, classical, pop.
– Anita Diament

I was pretty much prepared because I was already playing
in extremely good ways when I arrived from Europe because
I played jazz four or five years before I arrived here.
– Miroslav Vitous

The jazz boom was goin’ on then so there was a lot
happenin’ in New York at that time.
– Mose Allison

By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of
a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.
– Duke Ellington

I just try to do as good job with the material as I
can and play some jazz as well,
some improvised music, and do that every night.
Just see where it goes.
– Mose Allison

Jazz is a white term to define black people.
My music is black classical music.
– Nina Simone

The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness.
– Herbie Hancock

I missed jazz, kind of.
And by the time I came to it in life,
it was too intimidating to enjoy thoroughly.
– Warren Zevon

Miles Davis was doing something inherently African,
something that has to do with all forms of American music,
not just jazz.
– Cassandra Wilson

Once you start collecting records you learn more and
more about jazz and blues.
– John Mayall

So I went into jazz and performed in jazz clubs all over the country.
– Cy Coleman

I’m really getting to appreciate traditional jazz now –
the New Orleans stuff –
a lot more than I did before.
– John Goodman

I was totally into jazz in my teens.
– Andy Summers

The day of the great jazz improviser who doesn’t know
how to read music is over.
– Maynard Ferguson

I listen to jazz about three hours a day.
I love Louis Armstrong.
– Philip Levine

Jazz was more of a tool for me to use to enhance my musicality.
– John Otto

In my view a jazz musician is a great musician.
– Michael Parkinson

Possibly, I should have been a jazz singer from the beginning.
– Rita Coolidge

I don’t know if I have enough guts to do a whole standard jazz record.
– Gary Cherone

Well, I think writing is basically about time and rhythm.
Like with jazz.
You have your basic melody and then you just riff off of it.
And the riffs are about timing.
– Kathy Acker

We didn’t go for music that sounded like blues,
or jazz, or rock, or Led Zeppelin, or Rolling Stones.
We didn’t want to be like any of the other bands.
– Michael Giles

I am not a jazz singer.
I wouldn’t place myself on that footing.
I wouldn’t even enter that arena.
– Boz Scaggs

I like jazz, but I could never play it.
You just sit there with a guitar the size of a Chevy on your chest,
wearing a stupid hat, playing the same solo for an hour.
– Dave Mustaine

It is rare that even a jazz musician finds an individual voice.
– David Baker

I was a jazz major in high school, in an all-jazz band.
No matter what I do, it features my musical influences.
– Wyclef Jean

What ‘jazz’ means to me is the worst kind of working conditions,
the worst in cultural prejudice.
The term ‘jazz’ has come to mean the abuse and exploitation of black musicians.
– Maxim Gorky

One thing I like about jazz is that it emphasized doing
things differently from what other people were doing.
– Herbie Hancock

That’s the exact concept behind the music:
to take that kind of,
I guess whatever you want to call it,
jazz sensibility – but not have it be about solos.
– Charlie Hunter

Seriously though, my father was the first African American
to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera so I
grew up with classical music and jazz in the home all the time.
– Bobby McFerrin

I’ve been around jazz and jazz musicians most of my life.
– Kenneth Rexroth

Some people try to get very philosophical and cerebral
about what they’re trying to say with jazz.
You don’t need any prologues, you just play.
– Oscar Peterson

People sometimes say it takes a long time to become a jazz fan,
but for me it took about five seconds.
– Pat Metheny

As a matter of fact, we put it down because we wanted to be jazz pickers.
– Charlie Rich

I’m not a jazz singer.
– Boz Scaggs

That’s kind of like how jazz is sometimes.
You’re out there predicting the future,
and no one believes you.
– Branford Marsalis

I don’t limit my taste.
There’s some jazz that I like and there’s some opera.
I’ve been listening to what was essentially country music,
but it crossed over to rock.
– Rick Moranis

If he’s a true symphony artist, he knows better than
that because he knows that the only truly creative
musician is the jazz musician.
– Buddy Rich

It’s something that jazz has gotten away from,
and it’s unfortunate.
Players aren’t physical anymore.
– Branford Marsalis

Jazz is the music of the body.
– Anais Nin

Jazz is the folk music of the machine age.
– Paul Whiteman

To me, Bill’s musical heart is in Earthworks,
in the jazz they are playing, in the acoustic kit.
– Robert Fripp

The first jazz pianist I heard was Thelonious Monk.
My father was listening to an album of his called ‘Monk’s
Dream’ almost every day from the time I was born.
– Benny Green

Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be
played night after night but differently each time.
– Ornette Coleman

The economic picture in the States today doesn’t allow
for jazz concerts in a tour fashion.
People now are too used to the Festival,
which gives them more names for the same price.
– Norman Granz

Coltrane came to New Orleans one day and he was talking about the jazz scene.
And Coltrane mentions that the problem with jazz was
that there were too few groups.
– Branford Marsalis

Well, actually, I don’t consider myself a jazz legend or anything.
– Joseph Jarman

I’m always looking for ways to develop as an artist,
especially as a jazz artist-to find different ways of testing my voice.
– Cassandra Wilson

The public, hearing pop music, is, without knowing it,
also soaking up jazz.
– Norman Granz

Clifford Brown was in the jazz circles considered to
be probably the greatest trumpet player who ever lived.
– Herb Alpert

Jazz came to America three hundred years ago in chains.
– Paul Whiteman

There is an apprenticeship system in jazz.
You teach the young ones.
So even if the musicians weren’t personally that likable,
they felt an obligation to help the younger musicians.
– Dave Van Ronk

Jazz, rock and roll, movies and comics are the culture of America.
– Bill Griffith

I wanted to play some more grown-up music –
jazz.
– Rick Derringer

It’s not exclusive, but inclusive, which is the whole spirit of jazz.
– Herbie Hancock

I’ve always wanted to record a jazz record.
I did one in the ’70s with Barbara Carroll.
It’s been a journey.
– Rita Coolidge

Life is a lot like jazz…
it’s best when you improvise.
– George Gershwin

I have seen great jazz musicians die obscure and drinking
themselves to death and not really being able to get
any work and working in small,
funky jazz clubs.
– Sonny Rollins

Change is always happening.
That’s one of the wonderful things about jazz music.
– Maynard Ferguson

I didn’t plan on rock-n-roll.
I wanted to learn jazz; I got to know some people doing rock-n-roll with jazz,
and I thought I could make some money playing music.
– Robby Krieger

Boxing is like jazz.
The better it is, the less people appreciate it.
– George Foreman

Sometimes you need to stand with your nose to the window
and have a good look at jazz.
And I’ve done that on many occasions.
– J. J. Johnson

There’s the tradition in jazz of having the Battle of the Bands,
and you do not want to get your head cut when you’re playing.
– Wynton Marsalis

“It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.” — Moliere
“One day, to everyone’s astonishment, someone drops a match in the powder keg and everything blows up.”
–James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

“Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law.”
–James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

“It wasn’t so much a matter of choosing France — it was a matter of getting out of America.” – James Baldwin, 1984 interview with The Paris Review.

“This innocent country set you down in a ghetto in which, in fact, it intended that you should perish… You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity, and in as many ways as possible, that you were a worthless human being. You were not expected to aspire to excellence: you were expected to make peace with mediocrity.”
–James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

“It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on the battlefield.”
―W. B. Yeats

“The awareness that they are about to make the continuum of history explode is characteristic of the revolutionary classes at the moment of their action.”
—Walter Benjamin

“A historical materialist approaches a historical subject only where he encountes it as a monad. In this structure he recognizes the sign of a Messianic cessation of happening, or, put differently, a revolutionary chance in the fight for the oppressed past. He takes cognizance of it in order to blast a specific era out of the homogenous course of history—blasting a specific life out of the era or a specific work out of the lifework. As a result of this method the lifework is preserved in this work and at the same time canceled*; in the lifework, the era; and in the era, the entire course of history.”
—Walter Benjamin, “On the Concept of History”

“The policy of the federal government is to play Russian roulette with the riots; it is prepared to gamble with another summer of disaster. Despite two consecutive summers of violence, not a single basic cause of riots has been corrected. All of the misery that stoked the flames of rage and rebellion remains undiminished. With unemployment, intolerable housing, and discriminatory education, a scourge in Negro ghettos, Congress and the administration still tinker with trivial, halfhearted measures. Yet only a few years ago, there was discernible, if limited, progress through nonviolence. Each year, a wholesome, vibrant Negro self confidence was taking shape. The fact is inescapable that that the tactic of nonviolence, which had then dominated the thinking of the civil rights movement, has in the last two years not been playing its transforming role. Nonviolence was a creative doctrine in the South because it checkmated the rabid segregationists who were thirsting for an opportunity to physically crush Negroes. Nonviolent direct action enabled the Negro to take to the streets in active protest, but it muzzled the guns of the oppressor. . .”
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“It is very nearly impossible, after all, to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.”
―James Baldwin

“Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.”
~ Albert Camus

The world is a mountain. Whatever you say, it will echo it back to you. Don’t say, “I sang nicely and the mountain echoed an ugly voice!” That is not possible. The human intellect is a place where hesitation and uncertainty take root. There is no way to overcome this hesitation except by falling in love.
~ Rumi

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and unspeakable love.
~ Rumi

“Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” – Oscar Wilde

What we observe is not nature itself,
but nature exposed to our method of questioning.
–Werner Heisenberg

“It’s a part of the narrative they find inconvenient. You see a Blackman = Boogieman in the myth they want to feed us. Divide and conquer, is the game they play. The biggest crisis the ruling elites could face is a coalition of the disaffected; the poor only has one enemy, and it’s not defined by race, creed or colour…it is social immobility. That’s why the black is depicted as a delinquent, the white is a cruel racist, the Hispanic a devious mendicant, and the Asian hardly exists. This is the narrative they sell of us to each other, it’s the box they need us to stay in, in order to effect their rule. God help them if that story ever broke down and we begun to see each other for our common humanity. Their days would be numbered.”
— Joe Leigh-Corrigan

Pt. 5.3
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
–T. S. Eliot

“Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.” — Mark Twain
Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.
–Jimi Hendrix

“The loyal son of modern civilization’s fear of departing from the facts, which even in their perception are turned into clichés by the prevailing usages in science, business, and politics, is exactly the same as the fear of social deviation. Those usages also define the concept of clarity in language and thought to which art, literature, and philosophy must conform today. By tabooing any thought which sets out negatively from the facts and from the prevailing modes of thought as obscure, convoluted, and preferably foreign, that concept holds mind captive in ever deeper blindness. It is in the nature of the calamitous situation existing today that even the most honorable reformer who recommends renewal in threadbare language reinforces the existing order he seeks to break by taking over its worn-out categorial apparatus and the pernicious power-philosophy lying behind it. False clarity is only another name for myth. Myth was always obscure and luminous at once. It has always been distinguished by its familiarity and its exemption from the work of concepts.”

—Adorno and Horkheimer, “The Dialectic of Enlightenment”
“The ideal artist is not merely a recorder of deeds but a visionary, a creator of brave new worlds – one whose technical tools and weapons must be sharp and ever at the ready.”

—Robert O’Mealy
“There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.”
–Lemony Snicket

“No, I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality.”

—Muhammad Ali

“I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: That I am nobody but myself.”

―Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

“Miles locates Herbie in the pantheon of geniuses like Powell and Monk, as though he’d picked up their mantle. But it seems to be a disconnected and shallow comparison, seeing as this is a book by a tech geek who really seems not to want to be seen in the light that Miles Davis painted him in. Powell and Monk were willing to die for the webs that they spun on the piano. Hancock is not, that much is obvious from this book. As brilliant a pianist as he can be, his acoustic work has none of the ultimate existential angst that theirs had. They were the piano music they played, but Hancock is not; he isn’t willing to make that ultimate sacrifice.”

-Matthew Shipp

“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.”

—Confucius
“It has never been the purpose and effect of new art to suppress the old, its predecessor, certainly not to destroy it. Quite the contrary: no one loves his predecessors more deeply, more fervently, more respectfully, than the artist who gives us something truly new.”

—Arnold Schoenberg
“I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.”
― Langston Hughes
“Don’t plant your bad days. They grow into weeks. The weeks grow into months. Before you know it, you got yourself a bad year. Take it from me – choke those little bad days. Choke ‘em down to nothing.”
~ Tom Waits

“Music is an exercise of metaphysics – unconscious exercice – in which the mind does not know he practices philosophy.”
–Arthur Schopenhauer

“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”
― Patrick Rothfuss

You are always the receptacle of what has gone before you, whether or not you know it and whether or not you can reach it. – James Baldwin
“If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them” — George Orwell (www.iauthor.uk.com)

“We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” –Marie Curie

“Words are the children of reason and therefore can’t translate the feeling of Jazz because they’re not part of it.” – Bill Evans

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