Poet, Writer, Whatever, Singer, Dancer, Imagineer, wanna-be Model, Man, Woman, Human, Our Character is what We do when We think No One is Looking
I'm Michael and these quotations either embody me or they're something I like and agree with.
"When beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean's skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang."
-Herman Melville, Moby Dick
"It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated."
"Most sinners are cursed not becuase we despise thier sins, but becuase we envy thier success at sinnning."
"The ultimate sign of maturity is knowing just how immature you really are."
"We are like sculptures, constantly carving out others the image we long for, need, love or desire, often against reality, against thier benefit, and always, in the end, a disappointment, becuase it does not fit them."
"We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are."
"Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it."
"I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing."
"Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat."
"The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say."
"It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning to it."
"We write to taste life twice, in the moment, and in retrospection."
"Eroticism is one of the basic means of self-knowledge, as indispensible as poetry."
"Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it, just live it."
"Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the nonpharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from Reality."
-John W. Gardner
"I know I have a body of a week and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a King."
-Queen Elizabeth I
"I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not."
"A lie told often enough becomes the truth."
"A friend is nothing but a known enemy."
"If God did not exist, then it would be necessary to invent him."
"What matters is not the length of the wand, but the magic in the stick."
"No one should be ashamed to admit they are wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that they are wiser today than they were yesterday."
"We, too, can divide ourselves, it's true. But only into flesh and a broken whisper. Into flesh and poetry."
—from "Autotomy" by Wislawa Szymborska
"Suddenly I realize That if I stepped out of my body I would break Into blossom."
—from "A Blessing" by James Wright
"Love at the lips was touch As sweet as I could bear; And once that seemed too much; I lived on air."
—from "To Earthward" by Robert Frost
"Love set you going like a fat gold watch. The midwife slapped your footsoles, and your bald cry Took its place among the elements."
—from "Morning Song" by Sylvia Plath
“Whenever and wherever societies have flourished and prospered rather than stagnated and decayed, creative and workable cities have been at the core of the phenomenon…decaying cities, declining economies, and mounting social troubles travel together. The combination is not coincidental.”
– Jane Jacobs
“The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.”
– Winston Churchill, 1936
“Magnolia is a mosaic of America life woven through a series of comic and poignant vignettes. Through a collusion of coincidence, chance, human action, shared media, past history and divine intervention, nine people will weave and warp through each other’s lives on a day that builds to an unforgettable climax. Some will seek forgiveness, others escape. Some will mend frayed bonds, others will be exposed.”
– from “Magnolia”
“When you look back on a lifetime and think of what has been given to the world by your presence, your fugitive presence, inevitably you think of your art, whatever it may be, as the gift you have made to the world in acknowledgement of the gift you have been given, which is the life itself…That work is not an expression of the desire for praise or recognition, or prizes, but the deepest manifestation of your gratitude for the gift of life.”
– Stanley Kunitz
“Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still. For they must needs be present, that love and live in that which is omnipresent. In this divine glass, they see face to face; and their converse is free, as well as pure. This is comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present, because immortal.”
– William Penn, More Fruits of Solitude
"The Manual arts have always taken precendence over the fine arts. Remember, somebody had to build a ceiling before Michelangelo could go to work."