"Acceptance. Acceptance of the impermanence of being. And acceptance of the imperfect nature of being, or possibly the perfect nature of being, depending on how one looks at it. Acceptance that this is not a rehearsal. That this is it."
"It is of the nature of idea to be communicated: written, spoken, done. The idea is like grass, It craves light, likes crowds, thrives on crossbreeding, grows better for being stepped on."
"At its best, social media offers unprecedented opportunities for marginalized people to speak and bring much needed attention to the issues they face. At its worst, social media also offers ‘everyone’ an unprecedented opportunity to share in collective outrage without reflection."
"Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good."
"Fairy tales don’t tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." (paraphrase)
Variant: "Fairy tales are more than true — not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten." (variant paraphrase by Neil Gaiman)
(paraphrased from: "Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon. Exactly what the fairy tale does is this: it accustoms him for a series of clear pictures to the idea that these limitless terrors had a limit, that these shapeless enemies have enemies in the knights of God, that there is something in the universe more mystical than darkness, and stronger than strong fear."
"You can't be curious and angry at the same time."
"When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost."
“Words are events, they do things, change things. They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it. They feed understanding or emotion back and forth and amplify it.”
"Prayer is not an asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is a daily admission of one's weakness."
"We make loving people a lot more complicated than Jesus did."
"If civilization has an opposite, it is war."
“People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.”
"The creative adult is the child who survived."
"The sky is infinite for those who are not afraid of themselves."
or, "The sky is no limit for those who are not afraid of themselves."
("Le ciel est sans limite pour ceux qui n'ont pas peur d'eux-mêmes.")
"The uniqueness of interesting poetry swallows up every proposed schema : the talent of the great & gifted poet takes a certain essential aspect of poetry - its capacity for obliterating and transcending our habitual mental & philosophical categories - and multiplies it exponentially."
"I believe that the justification of art is the internal combustion it ignites in the hearts of men and not its shallow, externalized, public manifestations. The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity."
“I believe that the only excuse we have for being musicians and for making music in any fashion, is to make it differently—to perform it differently, to establish the music’s difference, vis-à-vis our own difference.”
"If many a man did not feel himself in duty bound to repeat what is untrue merely because he once said it we should have had men of different calibre."
“Those who have never seen themselves surrounded on all sides by the sea can never possess an idea of the world, and of their relation to it.”
“The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us, and though distant, is close to us in spirit — this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.”