"Frustration is youth’s middle name, and you mustn’t worry too much about it. Eventually things clarify themselves and life begins to divulge a steadier destination. In a way, our lives take form through a simple process of elimination. We discard what we don’t like, walk away from what seems to inspirit us."
— E. B. White on Living Fruitfully
"Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness the energies of love, and then for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire."
— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Fire of Love
"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