Jump!

If we listened to our intellect we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go in business because we’d be cynical: “It’s gonna go wrong.” Or “She’s going to hurt me.” Or,”I’ve had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore . . .” Well, that’s nonsense. You’re going to miss life. You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.

~Ray bradbury

Learning v. education

You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.

~Dr. Seuss

How old are you?

A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.

~Oscar Wilde

Government of the people…

People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.

~Alan Moore

from V for Vendetta

Empathy

Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.

~J.K. Rowling

from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Create something

If you want to really hurt you parents… the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.

~Kurt Vonnegut

from A Man Without a Country

Where’d you put it?

Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.

~Ken Kesey

from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Uncommon sense

Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.

~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

from Literary Remains

The unholy trinity

The last thing I ever wanted was to be alive when the three most powerful people on the whole planet would be named Bush, Dick and Colon

~Kurt Vonnegut

Rebel

Every woman is a rebel.

~Oscar Wilde