May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends.
Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
Crying is the refuge of plain women, but the ruin of pretty ones
Nothing is lost yet, nothing broken, and yet the cold blue word is spoken: say goodbye now to the Sun, the days of love and leaves are done.
R P T Coffin
"Spring and All" from Spring and All (1923)
William Carlos Williams
I think; therefore I am.
The most original authors are not so because they advance what is new, but because they put what they have to say as if it had never been said before.
Johann von Goethe
The stellar universe is not so difficult of comprehension as the real actions of other people.
Old age is the harbor of all ills.
Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.
Fail, fail again, fail better.
Either move or be moved.
Art and science mean trying to understand.
All in all, the creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act. This becomes even more obvious when posterity gives its final verdict and sometimes rehabilitates forgotten artists.
It is a trick among the dishonest to offer sacrifices that are not needed, or not possible, to avoid making those that are required.
To believe is to know you believe, and to know you believe is not to believe.
For the first time in my life, I took part in a real battle between men. The dead did not come to life again, the vanquished fled in disorder; every thrust of my lance helped save Carmona. That day, I would have died with a smile on my lips, certain of having contributed to a triumphant future for my city.
Simone De Beauvoir
I hope I never need to believe in God. It would be an awful confession of failure.
Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.
Jorge Luis Borges
Love talked about is easily turned aside, but love demonstrated is irresistible.
From a little spark may burst a flame.
Life is the sum of all your choices.
Seek the company of those who seek the truth, and run away from those who have found it.
One way of looking at speech is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.
Opera once was an important social instrument -- especially in Italy. With Rossini and Verdi people were listening to opera together and having the same catharsis with the same story, the same moral dilemmas. They were holding hands in the darkness. That has gone. Now perhaps they are holding hands watching television.
For years I said if I could only find a comfortable chair I would rival Mozart.