Museful Knowledge Redux {in 9 parts}

“April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.”
~T.S. Eliot

“When a person has been blessed with a life as full and rich as mine, he can never give back enough.”
–Muhammad Ali

“Magnificently unprepared for the long littleness of life.”
–Frances Cornford

“The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution”
~Huey Newton

“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.”
―Maya Angelou

“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.”

“There are exceptional people out there who are capable of starting epidemics. All you have to do is find them.”
―Malcolm Gladwell

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself. ”
–Danny Kaye

“Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives… and to the “good life”, whatever it is and wherever it happens to be.”
~Hunter S. Thompson

“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.”

“All That We See or Seem Is But A Dream Within A Dream.”
–Edgar Allen Poe

“Time lost is never found again.”
–Benjamin Franklin

“Simplicity is the key to brilliance.”
–Bruce Lee

“When people in authority want the rest of us to behave, it matters—first and foremost—how they behave.”
―Malcolm Gladwell

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”
~Carl Jung

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
―Coco Chanel

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
~Vincent Van Gogh

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
~Frederick Douglas

“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.”

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”
–Winston Churchill

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”
–Anne Frank

“Poverty is not only a lack of money, it’s a lack of sense of meaning.”
―David Bornstein

“Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots”

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
–Norman Vincent Peale

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
–Maya Angelou

“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”
–Aldous Huxley
#1.4»James Baldwin

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
~James Baldwin

“People pay for what they do…and they pay for it, very simply, by the lives they lead.”
–James Baldwin

“Ignorance allied with power is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”
–James Baldwin

“Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but, most of all, endurance.”
–James Baldwin

“Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
–James Baldwin

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
–James Baldwin

“No people come into possession of a culture without having paid a heavy price for it.”
–James Baldwin

“The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.”
–James Baldwin

“I cannot change what I am unwilling to face.”
–James Baldwin

“Art has to be a kind of confession.”
~James Baldwin
#1.5»Richard Wright

“Men simply copied the realities of their hearts when they built prisons.”
–Richard Wright

“I had tasted what to me was life, and I would have more of it, somehow, someway.”
–Richard Wright

“The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination.”
–Richard Wright

“I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo.”
–Richard Wright

“Whenever my environment had failed to support or nourish me, I had clutched at books…”
~Richard Wright

“Literature is a struggle over the nature of reality.”
–Richard Wright

“The answer to injustice is not to silence the critic, it is to end the injustice.”
–Richard Wright
#1.6»Langston Hughes

“Let America be that great strong land of love.”
–Langston Hughes

“Negroes – Sweet and docile, Meek, humble, and kind: Beware the day – They change their mind.”
–Langston Hughes

“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.”
–Langston Hughes

“Life is for the living.
Death is for the dead.
Let life be like music.
And death a note unsaid.”
― Langston Hughes


“Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.”

–Langston Hughes

“Never look for a worm in the apple of your eye.”
–Langston Hughes

“My soul has grown deep like the rivers.”
–Langston Hughes

“The only way to get a thing done is to start to do it, then keep on doing it, and finally you’ll finish it…”
–Langston Hughes

“Humor is laughing at what you haven’t got when you ought to have it.”
–Langston Hughes

“I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.”
—Langston Hughes

“Why must it be my song, why must it be my dream, deferred, overlong”
~ Langston Hughes

“I swear to the Lord, I still can’t see, why Democracy means, everybody but me”
~Langston Hughes

“Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed.”
—Langston Hughes

“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air, and you.”
~Langston Hughes

“there’s a dream in this land with its back against the wall.”
~Langston Hughes

“When people care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.”
~Langston Hughes

“I am so tired of waiting,
Aren’t you,
For the world to become good
And beautiful and kind?”
~Langston Hughes

“For poems are like rainbows; they escape you quickly.”
~Langston Hughes

Life is love!
Love is life only!
Better to be human
Than God—and lonely.”
–Langston Hughes

“I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
—Langston Hughes, The Big Sea

“First in the heart is the dream.
Then the mind starts seeking a way.”
~Langston Hughes

“Hang yourself, poet, in your own words.
Otherwise, you are dead.”
~Langston Hughes

“And can it be that our Negro institutions are not really interested in turning out leaders at all? Can it be that they are far more interested in their endowments and their income and their salaries than in our students?

And can it be that these endowments, incomes, gifts—and therefore salaries—springing from missionary and philanthropic sources and not from big Northern boards and foundations—have such strings tied to them that those accepting them can do little else (if they wish to live easy) but bow down to the white powers that control this philanthropy and continue, to the best of their ability, to turn out ‘Uncle Toms’?…”

“The day must come when we will not say that a college is a great college because it has a few beautiful buildings, and a half dozen PhD’s on a faculty that is afraid to open its mouth…”

“…unless we develop more and ever more such young men and women on our campuses [e.g., I.S.U. members] as an antidote to the docile dignity of the meek professors and well-paid presidents who now run our institutions, American Negroes in the future had best look to the unlettered for their leaders, and expect only cowards from the colleges.”
~Langston Hughes, “Cowards from the Colleges: An Essay”, 1934

“I’ve been scared and battered.
My hopes the wind done scattered.
Snow has friz me, Sun has baked me,
Looks like between ’em they done
Tried to make me
Stop laughin’, stop lovin’, stop livin’–
But I don’t care! I’m still here!”
–from “Still Here,” (1957) by Langston Hughes

“Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor —
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
‘Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now —
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.”
―Langston Hughes, “Mother To Son”

“Let America ‘be that great strong land of love.’ That is more than poetry…that’s a prayer.”
—Hillary Clinton quoting Langston Hughes

“An artist’s duty is to reflect the times.”
–Nina Simone

“The bird has an honor
that man does not have.
Man lives in the traps of his
abdicated laws and traditions;
but the birds live according to the
natural law of God …. who causes the
earth to turn around the sun. ”
–Kahlil Gibran

” To compel someone to adopt virtue
never makes a virtuous man.
Also forcing people to have faith
never results in faithful hearts.

It is freedom …. which makes the base
of virtue. ”
–Imam al Ghazali

” O holy bird, bless this path I’m on
for I’m new to this traveling,
it’s a long way I gave to go.

O morning breeze, take my prayers
to the Master, and tell Him
that each day I am on my knees at dawn. ”

“Observe the herd which is grazing beside you. It does not know what yesterday or today is. It springs around, eats, rests, digests, jumps up again, and so from morning to night and from day to day, with its likes and dislikes closely tied to the peg of the moment, and thus is neither melancholy nor weary. To witness this is difficult for man, because he boasts to himself that his human condition is better than the beast’s and yet looks with jealousy at its happiness. For he wishes only to live like the beast, neither weary with things nor in pain, and yet he wants it in vain, because he does not desire it as the animal does. One day the man demands of the beast: “Why do you not talk to me about your happiness and only gaze at me?” The beast wants to answer, too, and say: “That comes about because I always immediately forget what I wanted to say.” But by then the beast has already forgotten this reply and remains silent, so that the man keeps on wondering about it.

But he also wonders about himself, that he is not able to learn to forget and that he always hangs onto the past. No matter how far or how fast he may run, the chain runs with him. It is something amazing: the moment, in one sudden motion there, in one sudden motion gone, before nothing, afterwards nothing, nevertheless comes back again as a ghost and disturbs the tranquillity of a later moment. A leaf is continuously released from the roll of time, falls out, flutters away—and suddenly flutters back again into the man’s lap. For the man says, “I remember,” and envies the beast, which immediately forgets and sees each moment really perish, sink back in cloud and night, and vanish forever. In this way the beast lives unhistorically. For it goes into the present like a number without any odd fraction left over; it does not know how to play a part, hides nothing, and appears in each moment exactly and entirely what it is. Thus, a beast can be nothing other than honest. The human being, by contrast, braces himself against the large and ever-increasing burden of the past, which pushes him down or bows him over. It makes his way difficult, like an invisible and dark weight, which he can for appearances’ sake at some point deny and which he is only too happy to deny in his interactions with his peers, in order to awaken their envy. And so it moves him, as if he imagined a lost paradise, to see the grazing herd or, something more closely familiar, the child, which does not yet have a past to deny and plays in blissful blindness between the fences of the past and future.”

–Nietzsche, “On the Use and Abuse of History for Life” (Untimely Meditations, 1874)

“State is the name of the coldest of all cold monsters. Coldly it lies; and this lie slips from its mouth: I, the state, am the people.”
―Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

“Want more of something? Give it galore. Pour your heart into the world. Love unabashedly. Sprinkle your glow.”
–Maimah Karmo

“Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.”
―Alfred Lord Tennyson

“I come from that soul which is the source of all souls.”

“A spirit that lives in this world
and does not wear the shirt of love
such an existence is a deep disgrace.” –Rumi

“Every leaf that grows will tell you:
What you sow will bear fruit, so if you have any sense my friend, don’t plant anything but Love.”

“If you want money more than anything,
you will be bought and sold.

If you have a greed for food,
you will be a loaf of bread.

This is a subtle truth:
Whatever you love, you are.”

“This world is in deep trouble, from top to bottom.
But it can be swiftly healed by the balm of LOVE.”

“The Soul Has Been Given Its Own Ears To Hear Things
Mind Doesn’t Understand.”

“Not the ones speaking the same language but the ones sharing the same feeling understand each other.”

“For those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.”

” Brother stand the pain;
Escape the poison of your impulses.
The sky will bow to your beauty, if you do.

Learn to light the candle.

Rise with the sun.
Turn away from cave of your sleeping.
That way a thorn expands to a rose.
A particular glows with the universe. ”

“Instead of being so bound up with everyone,
be everyone ….

When you become that many, you’re
Empty. ”

“The government had a system where the rich man’s son went to college, and the poor man’s son went to war.”
–Muhammad Ali

“When a person has been blessed with a life as full and rich as mine, he can never give back enough.”
–Muhammad Ali

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

“Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.”
―Mark Twain

” 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.”

“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.”

“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


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