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

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

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

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

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

C O D I C I L

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

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

S E X U A L . H E A L I N G

“The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it…”
― Nicholas Sparks

W A X

“The way humans hunt for parking and the way animals hunt for food are not as different as you might think.”
― Tom Vanderbilt

C O U P L E T S

“There is a woman with keys to life hidden beneath her palms, that only a man of tender care can unveil in the season of his holding.”
– LmL

S P E A K . L I F E

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
― Elie Wiesel

C L O S E T E D . D A N C E

“That we may not fall short of desire, but let us give way to the unspoken passion hidden in the closet of our discretion. (“Crépuscule du désir”)”
― Erik Pevernagie

I N V I S I B L E . S I L K

The most widely raised type of silkworm, the larva of the ‘Bombyx mori’, no longer exists anywhere in a natural state. As my encyclopedia poignantly puts it: ‘The legs of the larvae have degenerated, and the adults no longer fly’.
– Jeffrey Eugenides

D A W N

“À l’aurore, armés d’une ardente patience, nous entrerons aux splendides Villes.”
― Arthur Rimbaud

K I N T S U G I

“Did you know that pottery can be repaired with gold?” Kami asked. “Then it’s meant to be stronger than before, and more beautiful. Which is awesome, though it seems expensive.”

Her grandmother had nodded. “Makes sense to me,” she said. “Why be broken when you can be gold?”
― Sarah Rees Brennan

C Y C L O P E A N

“Most people feared the darkness. Some people feared, more wisely, the things within the darkness.

Gabriel feared both, and with good reason. He walked anyway. That had always been his way. He had a complicated history with the woodlands of the world. He’d met his share of the Cyclops and the Circes that lurked within.

And the world never seemed to run out of monsters.”
― Angela Panayotopulos

T R A N S F O R M A T I O N

“I take pleasure in my transformations. I look quiet and consistent, but few know how many women there are in me.”
― Anais Nin

D E C A D E S

“Love never comes just a little bit at a time, I thought, as I watched him, absorbed in contemplation of the Virgin. The previous day, the world made sense, even without love’s presence. But now we needed each other in order to see the true brilliance of things.”
― Paulo Coelho

H A N D M A D E

“One hand I extend into myself, the other toward others.”
― Dejan Stojanovic

I N H A L I N G / F A I R Y / D U S T

“Fairies have to be one thing or the other, because being so small they unfortunately have room for one feeling only at a time.”
― J.M. Barrie

S i l v e r | N o t | C l a y

“the end is the beginning
the beginning is the end
& we are all just fragments of a
dream”
― Philip Elliott

W O R D S

“I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of the hunger for life that gnaws in us all.”
― Richard Wright

M A I Z E

“Planted, a single corn seed yielded more than 150 fat kernels, often as many as 300, while the return on a seed of wheat was something less than 50:1”
― Michael Pollan

A compelling reason to birth corny vs. wheaty offspring.

N E W

“… when you fin’lly fly away, I’ll be hoping that I served you well. For all the wisdom of a lifetime, no one can ever tell. But whatever road you choose, I’m right behind you win or lose…”

Songwriters: Bob Dylan / Jim Cregan / Kevin Savigar / Rod Stewart

R E S C U E

“Stephen kissed me in the spring,
Robin in the fall,
But Colin only looked at me
And never kissed at all.

Stephen’s kiss was lost in jest,
Robin’s lost in play,
But the kiss in Colin’s eyes
Haunts me night and day.”
― Sara Teasdale

P H A S E D

“Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.”
― Virginia Woolf

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“Her purse was a weight, ballast; it tethered her to the earth as her mind floated away.”
~ Anne Lamott

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“Don’t wreck a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty.
Chocolate isn’t like premarital sex. It will not make you pregnant.
And it always feels good.”
~ Lora Brody

B U T T E R C U P

“The dweam of wuv wapped wiffin the gweater dweam of everwasting west. Eternity is our fwiend, wemember that, and wuv wiw fowwow you fowever.”
~ William Goldman

P R U N E S

“Sweetheart, let’s stop here and gaze at what we have. What we’ve created with all our time and emotions, that we invested in each other. And then feel its loveliness, in our skin and to our very bones.”
~ Nitya Prakash

T I P T O E

“The wine-cup is the little silver well,
Where truth, if truth there be
Doth dwell.”
~ William Shakespeare

E L A S T I C I T Y

“Only surround yourself with people who will lift you higher.”
~ Oprah Winfrey

P R I M A T I V E

“Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did – that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that – a parent’s heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.”
~ Debra Ginsberg

M E L T I N G

“If I could sleep with my arms around you, the ink could stay in the bottle.”
~ Shelly King

R H Y T H M

When you reach the point that you are fighting your own fight, you are in harmony, and can put down the gloves.
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“Rhythm is everything in boxing. Every move you make starts with your heart, and that’s in rhythm or you’re in trouble. Your rhythm should set the pace of the fight. If it does, then you penetrate your opponent’s rhythm. You make him fight your fight, and that’s what boxing is all about.”
~ Sugar Ray Robinson

S U B T L E T I E S

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

S U I T S

“What is beauty but nakedness unashamed of itself?”
~ Marty Rubin

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“The people who pretend that dying is rather like strolling into the next room always leave me unconvinced.
Death, like birth, must be a tremendous event.”
~ J. B. Priestley

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“You don’t make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets. You do it at home. The rest is bullshit and you know it.”
~ Martin Scorsese

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“Sometimes you don’t need lightning to start a fire. Sometimes, it builds on its own.”
~ Sarah Mlynowski

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“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”
― Brené Brown

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“We are master alchemists: We may not have discovered how to make gold out of lead, but we are able to make heaven out of hell, hell out of heaven, and purgatory out of nothing.”
~ Khang Kijarro Nguyen

A N G E L . I N . C O U N T . H E R

“[Saint Anthony] said, in his solitude, he sometimes encountered devils who looked like angels, and other times he found angels who looked like devils. When asked how he could tell the difference, the saint said that you can only tell which is which by the way you feel after the creature has left your company.”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert

U N W R A P P I N G

“Even when you’d lost everything you thought there was to lose, somebody came along and gave you something for free.”
~ Jenny Valentine

N O B O D Y

“I see nobody on the road,’ said Alice
‘I only wish I had such eyes,’ The King remarked in a fretful tone. ‘To be able to see Nobody! And at that distance too! Why it’s as much as I can do to see real people, by this light!”
~ Lewis Carroll

D O U B L E P O I N T S

“Do not let arrogance go to your head and despair to your heart; do not let compliments go to your head and criticisms to your heart; do not let success go to your head and failure to your heart.”
~ Roy T. Bennett

G R E E N

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
~ Aldous Huxley

E L E M E N T 7 9

“A bee is an exquisite chemist.”
~ Royal Beekeeper to Charles II

R E C O G N I T I O N

“Neighbor to neighbor. It is a mentality that has been fostered over centuries, since the earliest settlers realized the only way to survive in this desolate but beautiful outpost was to work together. Much of their music captures this spirit.”
~ Jim DeFede

B L U E S

“He looked so lost, so soulful, so lonely. I wanted him to kiss me now. I wanted to let him know I was his for all eternity.”
~ Ellen Schreiber

C A L I B R A T I O N

“The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.”
~ Ted Hughes

A N O N Y M O U S

“I will remember the feel of his hand around mine for the rest of my life.”
~ Meg Leder

L A N D S C A P E

“I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,
I’ll never see a tree at all.”
~ Ogden Nash