Quotes

—a collection of other person’s words that mean something to me—

“The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.” — James Branch Cabel

 

“Failure is the key to success. Every mistake teaches us something.”
—Morihei Ueshiba

 

“The aim of both science and art is to create fantasies which solace us for reality.”
—Amédée J. Ozenfant

 

“The path itself does not lie there waiting for you to walk along it. It needs to be cultivated, nurtured—literally, “brought into being.” Such a path might open up in a revealing moment of insight, only to be lost again through subsequent neglect. To believe in a path is not enough. One has to create and maintain it. The practice of the eightfold path is a creative act.”

Craving is not something I can willfully discard, no matter how hard I tell myself to stop. In keeping with the principle of conditioned arising, to be free from craving requires the removal of the conditions that produce it. In the Buddha’s analysis, the root of craving lies in the misconception that lasting, non-contingent happiness is to be found in a fleeting, contingent world. As you come to realize how impossible this is, craving starts to subside and fall away of its own accord.”
–Stephen Batchelor

 

“The life I want is a life I could not endure in eternity. It is a life of love and intensity, suffering and creation, that makes life worth while and death welcome. There is no other life I should prefer. Neither should I like not to die. ”
― Walter Kaufmann

 

“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

 

“To appreciate the fact that the prosaic nuts and bolts of ordinary life can be fashioned into a ‘tall tale,’ or even myth, is to get close to the nature of photography.”
—Max Kozloff

 

“Photography uncovers meanings even where none might be intended.”
—Ian Jeffrey

 

“Patience is also a form of action.”

“It is the artist who is truthful and it is photography which lies, for in reality time does not stop”

“He who is discouraged after a failure is not a real artist.”

— August Rodin

 

“You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time;
all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.” — Charles Bukowski

 

“…if by ‘God’ one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God.  This God is emotionally unsatisfying…it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity.” — Carl Sagan

 

“There’s nothing sentimental about a machine and: a poem is a small (or large) machine made of words.  When I say there’s nothing sentimental about a poem I mean that there can be no part, as in any other machine, that is redundant.” — William Carlos Williams

 

“I think when you’re a poet you have to forget you’re a poet — a real poet doesn’t draw attention to the fact he’s a poet. The reason a poet is a poet is to write poems, not to advertise himself as a poet.” — Yehuda Amichai

 

“Life is once, forever.” — Henri Cartier-Breson

 

“Our purpose is just to keep this practice forever. This practice started from beginningless time, and it will continue
into an endless future.” — Shunryu Suzuki

 

“In the art of living, it is vital to know when to let go.” — Gross and Shapiro

 

“Aesthetics is for the artists as ornithology is for the birds.” — Barnett Newman

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Quotes

  1. Wonderful quotes! Thanks for sharing. I will retweet some of them. I DO LOVE the title of your blog, it is extremely poetical. And you write great poems. Merci!
    FGM

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