“There’s nothing wrong with having a little faith in something the world doesn’t understand yet.” – Almandyne, I Like Sunflowers 

“Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, then for a few close friends and then for money.”  – Molière

“Nationalism has a way of oppressing others.”  – Noam Chomsky

“Everybody’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well there’s a very easy way: stop participating in it.”  –  Noam Chomsky

“I do love secondhand books that open to the page some previous owner read oftenest. The day Hazlitt came he opened to “I hate to read new books,” and I hollered “Comrade!”  – Helene Hanff, 84 Charing Cross Road

“Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terroism, not a war on terroism.” – Noam Chomsky

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”  – Thomas A. Edison

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”  Bernard M. Baruch

If you can’t paint then ….. “Grab the Monet and let’s Gogh”  – Art thieves in a bank robbery

“You hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent van Gogh

“When one’s expectations are reduced to zero, one does really appreciate everything one does have.”  – Stephen Hawking

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”  – Stephen Hawking

“The quietest people have the loudest minds.” – Stephen Hawking

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.” Albert Einstein

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” Albert Einstein

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein

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.” Anais Nin

“He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage-he won’t encounter many rivals.”  Georg C. Lichtenberg

“Voici mon secret. Il est très simple : on ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.”   Antoine Saint-Exupéry – Le petit prince

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”  Antoine Saint-Exupéry – The Little Prince

Until you make the unconscious conscious it will direct your life and you will call it fate. – Carl Jung

Our ‘neoconservatives’ are neither new nor conservative, but old as Bablyon and evil as Hell. Edward Abbey

The missionaries go forth to Christianize the savages – as if the savages weren’t dangerous enough already. Edward Abbey

The tragedy of modern war is that the young men die fighting each other – instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals. Edward Abbey

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” Edward Abbey

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism – how passionately I hate them! Albert Einstein

The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women’s emancipation.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“It is a sad state for a man to die too well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself.”  Francis Bacon

“Art is the frame upon which the tapestry that is France is woven upon.”   Léa Forslund

“People are felt rather than seen after the first few moments.”  John Steinbeck

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”           Albert Einstein

“Family isn’t always blood. It is the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.”  Carly-Jay Metcalfe

“Words were different when they lived inside of you.”  Benjamin Alire Sáenz

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”  Joyce Carol Oates

“Inside everyone there is a battle between two wolves. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.’ The boy thought for a moment. Then he asked, ‘Which wolf wins?’ A moment of silence passed before the old man replied, “The one you feed.”  Native American Proverb