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  • “ Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. ”

    —     Marie Curie

    “ I do not believe making money in order to consume goods is
    mankind’s sole purpose on this planet. If you’re wondering
    what I believe our purpose on this planet is, I’ll give you
    a hint…it has to do with creating and sharing. ”

    —    Bill Hicks

    “ Remember, whatever discipline you’re in, whether you’re a musician or a photographer, a fine artist or a cartoonist, a writer, a dancer, a singer, a designer — whatever you do, you have one thing that’s unique: You have the ability to make art. And for me, and for so many of the people I’ve known, that’s been a lifesaver, the ultimate lifesaver. It gets you through good times, and it gets you through … the other ones. Sometimes life is hard. Things go wrong — in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Someone on the Internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, eventually time will take the sting away, and that doesn’t even matter. Do what only you can do best: Make good art. Make it on the bad days, make it on the good days, too. ”

    —    Neil Gaiman

    “ life is a deep sleep of which love is the dream ”

    —    Alfred de Musset

    “ Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
    By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
    `Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,’ I said, `art sure no craven.
    Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore -
    Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!’
    Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’ ”

    —    Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

    “ What a strange thing!
    to be alive
    beneath cherry blossoms. ”

    —    Kobayashi Issa

    “ For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance. ”

    —    Kahlil Gibran

    “ Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
    As I foretold you, were all spirits and
    Are melted into air, into thin air:
    And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
    The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,
    The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
    Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
    And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
    Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
    As dreams are made on, and our little life
    Is rounded with a sleep. ”

    —    William Shakespeare

    “ A visit to Père Lachaise in Paris adds a year to one’s life. ”

    —    J.G. Ballard

    “ Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place. ”

    —    Rumi

    “ Hardship may dishearten at first, but every hardship passes away. All despair is followed by hope; all darkness is followed by sunshine. ”

    —    Rumi

    “ How fair the realm Imagination opens to the view. ”

    —    L.M. Montgomery

    “ I’m not opposed to aging - even though society is kinder on men than women when it comes to getting old. How can I look at aging as the enemy? It happens whether I like it or not and no one is set apart from growing old; it comes to us all. Youth passes from everyone, so why deny it? I’m proud of my age. I’m proud that I’ve survived this planet for as long as I have, and should I end up withered, wrinkled and with a lifetime of great wisdom, I’ll trade the few years of youth for the sophistication of a great mind…for however long it lasts. ”

    —    Donna Lynn Hope

    “ Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. ”

    —    Henry David Thoreau

    “ Yet each man kills the thing he loves
    By each let this be heard.
    Some do it with a bitter look,
    Some with a flattering word.
    The coward does it with a kiss,
    The brave man with a sword! ”

    —    Oscar Wilde, The Ballad of Reading Gaol
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