"If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, try it for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one discovers that it's not boring at all but very interesting."
"There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration."
"Be patient with everyone, but above all, with yourself…Do not be disheartened by your imperfections, but always rise up with fresh courage. How are we to be patient in dealing with our neighbor’s faults if we are impatient in dealing with our own?"
"A lifetime may not be long enough to attune ourselves fully to the harmony of the universe. But just to become aware that we can resonate with it -- that alone can be like waking up from a dream."
"God seeks Himself in us, and the aridity and sorrow of our heart is the sorrow of God who is not known in us, who cannot yet find Himself in us because we do not dare to believe or to trust the incredible truth that He could live in us, and live there out of choice, out of preference. But indeed, we exist solely for this, to be the place He has chosen for His presence, His manifestation in the world, His epiphany. But we make all this dark and inglorious because we fail to believe it, we refuse to believe it. It is not that we hate God, rather that we hate ourselves, despair of ourselves. If we once began to recognize, humbly but truly, the real value of our own self, we would see that this value was the sign of God in our being, the signature of God upon our being."
"Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide."
"Art is not an attempt to escape reality but the opposite, an attempt to animate it. It is a spirit seeking flesh but finding words."
"One extends one's limits only by exceeding them, and exceeding limits requires effort."
"I am beginning to now see how radically the character of my spiritual journey will change when I no longer think of God as hiding out and making it as difficult as possible for me to find him, but, instead, as the One who is looking for me while I am doing the hiding."
"I think the greatest thing about things is they remind you of people."
"Everything has being through the love of God."
"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist."
"Teach thy tongue to say 'I do not know' and thou shalt progress."
"For man, by the fall, fell at the same time from his state of innocence and from his dominion over creation. Both of these losses however can even in this life be in some part repaired; the former by religion and faith, the latter by arts and sciences."
"You don’t have to live in public on the internet if you don’t want to. Even if you’re a public figure, or micro-famous like me. I don’t follow anyone on my public Instagram account. No shade on those who follow me there, I’m glad you give me your time – but I need to be in my own space to get my shit done. You want a “hack” for handling the internet? Create private social media accounts, follow who you want and sit back and let your bespoke media channels flow to you. These are tools, not requirements. Don’t let them make you miserable. Tune them until they bring you pleasure."
"Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand."
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."
"To be whole is to be part; true voyage is return."
"We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist."
"Our media is largely sponsored by dictators or dictated by sponsors."