D U X

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
― Audre Lorde

a u b e r g e

“Une fois rentrés à l’hôtel nous nous plaisons à reconstituer sur une planche de l’armoire cette ordonnance de la pâtisserie et c’est un délice, quand nous en rouvrons la porte, de sentir la bouffée de ce chocolat qui s’épuise à petites bouchées.”
― Hervé Guibert

f o l i e (a) d e u x

“I’ve got troubled thoughts and the self-esteem to match. What a catch.”
― Fall Out Boy

S I F T I N G

“i have laughed
more than daffodils
and cried more than June.”
― Sanober Khan

D U S K

“There was a filmy veil of soft dull mist obscuring, but not hiding, all objects, giving them a lilac hue, for the sun had not yet fully set; a robin was singing … The leaves were more gorgeous than ever; the first touch of frost would lay them all low to the ground. Already one or two kept constantly floating down, amber and golden in the low slanting sun-rays.”
― Elizabeth Gaskell

L O O M I N G . R O O M

“Our lives were a complex tapestry, and our woven strands were only meant to intersect at a small number of points in the time-conceived whole. An embroidered starburst, a missed warp, a complicated notion on the loom of time. We were always together, but meant to live our majorities apart, two golden threads wandering through a haunted textile life.”
― Courtney M. Privett

B L A C K

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”
― Coco Chanel

S K A T E

“Hand in hand, we head for the kiss and cry. Today, we’re going to kiss. Sometimes, we’ll cry. There’ll be broken tree branches. Misunderstandings and crash landings. It turns out all relationships are like Axels. They take a leap of faith and they have their ups and downs.
But it’s not about falling, it’s about what you do after the fall. Whatever happens, we’ll pick ourselves u. Brush ourselves off. And circle around for another attempt.”
― Katie Van Ark

C H E C K S

“Unlike Confucius, Madison maintained that people have a limited capacity to control their passions themselves and act virtuously when their individual interests conflict with others.”
― Patrick Mendis

L A N T E R N S

“Light is more important than the lantern,
The poem more important than the notebook”
― Nizar Qabbani

G U A R D I A N S

“The world is a fairy tale; we are its guardians.”
― Dejan Stojanovic

F L E S H

“Except that death collected everyone. Death is like that. Relentlessly efficient.”
― Jonathan Maberry

d r / o w n

“He was swimming in a sea of other people’s expectations. Men had drowned in seas like that.”
― Robert Jordan

L a s t . F e w

“Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up”
― Veronica Roth

c a s c a d e

“Owls hoot in B flat, cuckoos in D, but the water ousel sings in the voice of the stream. She builds her nest back of the waterfalls so the water is a lullaby to the little ones. Must be where they learn it.”
― Karen Joy Fowler

C l i m a t e

“There is no way that we can predict the weather six months ahead beyond giving the seasonal average”
― Stephen Hawking

M a g n o l i a . B l o o m

“In the deepening spring of May, I had no choice but to recognize the trembling of my heart. It usually happened as the sun was going down. In the pale evening gloom, when the soft fragrance of magnolias hung in the air, my heart would swell without warning, and tremble, and lurch with a stab of pain. I would try clamping my eyes shut and gritting my teeth, and wait for it to pass. And it would pass –but slowly, taking its own time, and leaving a dull ache behind.”
― Haruki Murakami,

E X T R E M I S T

“If you only listen with your ears… I can’t get in…”
Radical Face [The Mute]

A N G E L s

“Do you know what friendship is?’ he asked.
‘Yes,’ replied the gypsy; ‘it is to be brother and sister; two souls which touch without mingling, two fingers on one hand.’
‘And love?’ pursued Gringoire.
‘Oh! love!’ said she, and her voice trembled, and her eye beamed. ‘That is to be two and to be but one. A man and a woman mingled into one angel. It is heaven.”
― Victor Hugo

J U I C E

“That’s why we seize the moment try to freeze it and own it, squeeze it and hold it.”
― Eminem

r e f l e c t i o n

“People will walk in and walk out of your life, but the one whose footstep made a long lasting impression is the one you should never allow to walk out.”
― Michael Bassey Johnson

c i g a r

“…Well, I’ve always had a deep respect
And I mean that most sincerely…”
Pink Floyd, Cigar (lyrics)

B A C K C O U N T R Y

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
― Henry David Thoreau

R A T I O

“Buckminster Fuller explained to me once that because our world is constructed from geometric relations like the Golden Ratio or the Fibonacci Series, by thinking about geometry all the time, you could organize and harmonize your life with the structure of the world.”
― Einar Thorsteinn

M E G A . H U R T S

“For the alchemist the one primarily in need of redemption is not man, but the deity who is lost and sleeping in matter. Only as a secondary consideration does he hope that some benefit may accrue to himself from the transformed substance as the panacea, the medicina catholica, just as it may to the imperfect bodies, the base or “sick” metals, etc. His attention is not directed to his own salvation through God’s grace, but to the liberation of God from the darkness of matter.”
― C.G. Jung

C U R R E N C Y

“Love should be treated like a business deal, but every business deal has its own terms and its own currency. And in love, the currency is virtue. You love people not for what you do for them or what they do for you. You love them for the values, the virtues, which they have achieved in their own character.”
― Ayn Rand

B E A U T Y . U N D A M A G E D

“There is a master way with words which is not learned but is instead developed: a deaf man develops exceptional vision, a blind man exceptional hearing, a silent man, when given a piece of paper…”
― Criss Jami

D E F I A N C E

“Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid … Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”
― Bertrand Russell

H U G G I N G

“…Despite the mayhem that followed, Bruno found that he was still holding Shmuel’s hand in his own and nothing in the world would have persuaded him to let go.”
― John Boyne

W I S H I N G . W E L L

“You can get what you want in life.
You must reach out with all your heart.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

F OR (4) A. M.

“The erotic state – again, a mixture of concentration and spontaneity – is a hypnoidal state, probably the most powerful kind that we are capable of experiencing, and it is in this condition that unexpected regions of the self are revealed, as the majority of people know from experience.”
― Peter Redgrove

P E E P I N G

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”
― Osho

S T E A M R O L L E R

“I saw a huge steam roller,
It blotted out the sun.
The people all lay down, lay down;
They did not try to run.
My love and I, we looked amazed
Upon the gory mystery.
“Lie down, lie down!” the people cried.
“The great machine is history!”
My love and I, we ran away,
The engine did not find us.
We ran up to a mountain top,
Left history far behind us.
Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
But somehow we don’t think so.
We went to see where history’d been,
And my, the dead did stink so. ”

― Kurt Vonnegut

C I N E M A T I C

“Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out”
― Martin Scorsese

U N M O V E D

“As a solid mass of rock
Is not moved by the wind,
So a sage is unmoved
By praise or blame.”
― Anonymous

D R I Z Z L E

“People who have never had a broken heart will never understand dead roses, Tolstoy, airport lounges, Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor, neat brandy, the moon and drizzle.”
~ Wendy Harmer

P A U S E

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
― Mark Twain

A B U N D A N C E

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett

D r e s s i n g . R o o m

“Sometimes problems don’t require a solution to solve them; instead they require maturity to outgrow them.”
― Steve Maraboli

A L L . T H E . W A Y

“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”
― Charles Bukowski,

P E D E S T A L S

“Heroes and scholars represent the opposite extremes… The scholar struggles for the benefit of all humanity, sometimes to reduce physical effort, sometimes to reduce pain, and sometimes to postpone death, or at least render it more bearable. In contrast, the patriot sacrifices a rather substantial part of humanity for the sake of his own prestige. His statue is always erected on a pedestal of ruins and corpses… In contrast, all humanity crowns a scholar, love forms the pedestal of his statues, and his triumphs defy the desecration of time and the judgment of history.”
― Santiago Ramón y Cajal

K E E P S A K E

“A kiss is a secret which takes the lips for the ear.”
― Edmond Rostand

I N E R T

“Mathematics is the cheapest science. Unlike physics or chemistry, it does not require any expensive equipment. All one needs for mathematics is a pencil and paper.”
― Polya George

R O O M . P A N I C

“Hysteria is impossible without an audience. Panicking by yourself is the same as laughing alone in an empty room. You feel really silly.”
― Chuck Palahniuk

S T A N D A R D S

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.”
[The New Statesman, February 25, 1933]”
― Cyril Connoll

E V E R Y W H E R E

“I was mistaken
when I said you
live in my heart.
How absurd I was
when you live in my
fingertips so that everything
I touch is you. How foolish
I was when you live in my toes
so that everywhere I go there’s you.
How senseless of me to say
you live in my heart
when you breathe in my lungs,
walk on my mind, and
drink in my mouth. I came to
pen another poem for you,
but even every unwritten poem
is you.”
― Kamand Kojouri

R E R E D O S

“Your words on the screen are my color palette
I dip my brush into your words and paint you
On the sky, on the ceiling, on the snow; on the tablet
Of things eternal : love truth beauty happiness”
― Richard L. Ratliff

M A N I F E ST

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”
― Saul Bellow

F I R E . F R A G M E N T S

“Fire lives in the death of earth, air lives in the death of fire, water lives in the death of air, and earth in the death of water.”
― Heraclitus

C O S M O L O G Y

“Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

W A T E R F A L L S

“Do not feel sad for your tears as rocks never regret the waterfalls”
― Munia Khan

N E O

“Una limitación y un peligro aún mayores para las generaciones futuras son que todavía tenemos instintos, y en particular los impulsos agresivos, que tuvimos en los días del hombre de las cavernas.”
― Unknown

S T A I N [ e d ]

“Pero quién no es, de vez en cuando, una mancha en la vida de alguien”
― alejandro zambra

B O O K S . Y O U . R E A D

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
― Oscar Wilde

E V O

“It is failure that guides evolution; perfection provides no incentive for improvement, and nothing is perfect.”
― Colson Whitehead

S I L K . S H E E T S

“I am no king, and I am no lord,
And I am no soldier at-arms,” said he.
“I’m none but a harper, and a very poor harper,
That am come hither to wed with ye.”

“If you were a lord, you should be my lord,
And the same if you were a thief,” said she.
“And if you are a harper, you shall be my harper,
For it makes no matter to me, to me,
For it makes no matter to me.”

“But what if it prove that I am no harper?
That I lied for your love most monstrously?”

“Why, then I’ll teach you to play and sing,
For I dearly love a good harp,” said she.”
― Peter S. Beagle

R A S A

“It is also a warning. It is a warning that, if nobody reads the writing on the wall, man will be reduced to the state of the beast, whom he is shaming by his manners.”
― Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi

M A R

“I rubbed the scar on my skin. It felt like the truth.”
― Kami Garcia

D I N A N D E R I E

“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

M A S T E R Y

“You don’t need to justify your love, you don’t need to explain your love, you just need to practice your love. Practice creates the master.”
― Don Miguel Ruiz

C O D I C I L

“The will of the strong will never be shaken by doubts of the weak”
~ Unknown

R I NG (s m o k e)

“Having been engaged rather a lot of times, Zsa Zsa Gabor was asked whether a lady should give back the ring. Her answer?
“Of course dahlink, but first, you take out all the diamonds.”
― Zsa Zsa Gabor

ἄ ρ χ ω

“Everyday I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.”
~ Claude Monet

F O R E V E R | & | E V E R

“Sometimes I feel like if you just watch things, just sit still and let the world exist in front of you – sometimes I swear that just for a second time freezes and the world pauses in its tilt. Just for a second. And if you somehow found a way to live in that second, then you would live forever.”
― Lauren Oliver

L I F T E D

“Do not fear what you cannot lift, fear that which can lift you.”
~ Uziel Matos Lima

a p o t h e o s i s

“To be truly iconic, you need to be able to recognized in a silhouette.”
~ Slash, Guns and Roses

C L O U D L I K E

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

C L O S E R

“Ivan tells Anna: “I used to imagine that being embraced by a woman . . . as something so wonderful that it would make me forget everything . . . [But] happiness, it turns out, will be to share with you the burden I can’t share with anyone else.”
― Vasily Grossman

h e l m e t s

“Death smiles us all. All a man can do is smile back.”
~ Marcus Aurelius, Gladiator

t h e . t h i n g

“We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression; the heart of a wise man should resemble a mirror, which reflects every object without being sullied by any.”
~ Confucious

I n . C o n c e r t

“My advice to all who want to attend a lecture on music is “Don’t; go to a concert instead.”

– Ralph Vaughan Williams

T h e . E y e

“I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes prayer, too, and the eye of the storm. I think that art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.”

― Saul Bellow

A r t l e s s n e s s

“Love has wisdom enough to live unrestrained, and it is to whom and what she frees herself from that determines how well the integrity of her simplicity is spent.”
~ LmL

T I M E . P I E C E S

“Life is affirmation of affluence. Love is the only spending that increases our treasure.”
– LmL

M n e m o s y n e

“The pleasure of remembering had been taken from me, because there was no longer anyone to remember with. It felt like losing your co-rememberer meant losing the memory itself, as if the things we’d done were less real and important than they had been hours before.”
― John Green

d r e a m. a b o u t . . .

“My airplane is quiet, and for a moment still an alien, still a stranger to the ground, I am home.”
― Richard Bach

The Glass House

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
― Anton Chekhov

S C E N T | H E R

“To hear never-heard sounds,
To see never-seen colors and shapes,
To try to understand the imperceptible
Power pervading the world;
To fly and find pure ethereal substances
That are not of matter
But of that invisible soul pervading reality.
To hear another soul and to whisper to another soul;
To be a lantern in the darkness
Or an umbrella in a stormy day;
To feel much more than know.
To be the eyes of an eagle, slope of a mountain;
To be a wave understanding the influence of the moon;
To be a tree and read the memory of the leaves;
To be an insignificant pedestrian on the streets
Of crazy cities watching, watching, and watching.
To be a smile on the face of a woman
And shine in her memory
As a moment saved without planning.”
― Dejan Stojanovic

M A S T E R S

“You have peace,” the old woman said, “when you make it with yourself.”
― Mitch Albom

C O N C E P T I O N

“We lift ourselves by our thought. We climb upon our vision of ourselves. If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. Hold the ideal of yourself as you long to be, always everywhere.” – Orison Swett Marden

F R U I T C A K E S

“Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.”
― Werner Heisenberg

R A D I A N C E

“Up then, fair phoenix bride, frustrate the sun;
Thyself from thine affection
Takest warmth enough, and from thine eye
All lesser birds will take their jollity.
Up, up, fair bride, and call
Thy stars from out their several boxes, take
Thy rubies, pearls, and diamonds forth, and make
Thyself a constellation of them all;
And by their blazing signify
That a great princess falls, but doth not die.
Be thou a new star, that to us portends
Ends of much wonder; and be thou those ends.”
― John Donne