Human war has been the most successful of our cultural traditions.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.
Rita Mae Brown
I see the Flowers free,
And a little bird singing on a tree.
It sings to me the whole day long,
And I love to hear it's pretty song.
Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you.
Writing isn't hard. It isn't any harder than ditch-digging.
There is a certain age at which a child looks at you in all earnestness and delivers a long, pleased speech in all the true inflections of spoken English, but with not one recognizable syllable. There is no way you can tell the child that if language had been a melody, he had mastered it and done well, but that since it was in fact a sense, he had botched it utterly.
We go forth all to seek America. And in the seeking we create her. In the quality of our search shall be the nature of the America that we created.
The test of an author is not to be found merely in the number of his phrases that pass current in the corner of newspapers...but in the number of passages that have really taken root in younger minds.
Thomas W Higginson
Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.
Agnes de Mille
Weekends are a bit like rainbows they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.
The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive.
Saying you have a political solution is like saying you can write a pop song that's going to stay at the top of the list forever. I don't have many illusions about this, but I'm not cynical about it.
Something it had never seen before:
Brown eyes that loved without a trace of fear,
Beauty so sudden for that time of year.
We have inadvertently designed a system in which being good at what you do as a teacher is not formally rewarded, while being poor at what you do is seldom corrected nor penalized.