"Those who travel with the current will always feel they are good swimmers; those who swim against the current may never realize they are better swimmers than they imagine."
— Shankar Vedantam, The Hidden Brain
"Zemblanity: the opposite of serendipity, the faculty of making unhappy, unlucky and expected discoveries by design."
— William Boyd, author of Armadillo
"To hold your breath is to lose your breath. A society based on the quest for security is nothing but a breath-retention contest in which everyone is as taut as a drum and as purple as a beet."
— Alan Watts on the Wisdom of Insecurity
My mission is to communicate, to wake people up, to give them my energy and accept theirs.
Patti Smith in Dream of Life
"He wants to make sure god wants him to live. So he spends a lot of time asking. He brings himself close to the edge and he feels god’s breath on his back. If god wants to take him, all he has to do is blow."
— Dave Eggers, You Shall Know Our Velocity
"You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship."
— Anne Lamott on Writing
"We should strive for an ideal — that is, behave as if it’s possible for an absolute ideal to exist — while remembering that it doesn’t, that in fact outcomes are random, and that all possibilities exist simultaneously."
— Carina Chocano, on Regret is Essential to the Good Life