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“Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.”
Sir Francis Bacon



Be thine own palace, or the world’s thy jail.
John Donne

"Make voyages. Attempt them. There's nothing else." --Tennessee Williams


It is perfectly true, as philosophers say, that life must be understood
backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must
be lived forwards.
-Soren Kierkegaard

Brain: an apparatus with which we think we think. Ambrose Beirce

"An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't."
anatole france

You do not have a soul.
you are a soul.
You have a body.
--CS Lewis

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart: I am, I am, I am.”
Sylvia Plath

“Read, read, read. Read everything —trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.” – Statement at the University of Mississippi, 1947
“So, never be afraid. Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion, against injustice and lying and greed. If you, not just you in this room tonight, but in all the thousands of other rooms like this one about the world today and tomorrow and next week, will do this, not as a class or classes, but as individuals, men and women, you will change the earth.” – Address to the Graduating Class of University High School, Oxford, Mississippi, 1951
“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”

"The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination." richard wright

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it. Samuel Johnson

Jan Eyre still speaks truth:

Ralph Waldo Emerson:
  • In every work of genius we rec­og­nize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a cer­tain alien­ated majesty. Great works of art have no more affect­ing lesson for us than this. They teach us to abide by our spon­ta­neous impres­sion with good-humored inflex­i­bil­ity then most when the whole cry of voices is on the other side. Else tomorrow a stranger will say with mas­terly good sense pre­cisely what we have thought and felt all the time…

It’s not just about writing all the time. It’s about whether you’re doing the two things that’ll make you a good writer. Living and reading. I have no doubt that when you have something to say to the world, you’ll be able to do it. And if you can’t write? Good. Go read.” Junot Diaz, to a high school student
His book? The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Read it.

Poets are the hierophants of an unapprehended inspiration;

the mirrors of the gigantic shadows which futurity casts upon the present;

the words which express what they understand not;

the trumpets which sing to battle, and feel not what they inspire;

the influence which is moved not, but moves.

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.'

-Percy Bysshe Shelley

from "on the human" blog

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the 100 other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the many things we haven’t done as the things we have done.” Steve Jobs

How many definitions of HERO can you devise?