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(Things I have borrowed, begged, and stolen from books, movies, conversations, etc.)

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. —Friedrich Nietzsche (thanks, Pat Brown)

Every day that you communicate from the heart, you have a chance to change the world. —Karl Staib

The more they feed people popcorn, the more people just want popcorn. —Ethan Hawke on Bill Maher

It’s amazing what you get done when you don’t stop. —Tasha Everman’s grandpa

Laugh and don’t give a damn if the world laughs with you. —Willie

There was a man who had a face that looked a lot like me
I saw him in the mirror and I fought him in the street
Then when he turned away I shot him in the head
Then I came to realize I had killed myself
—“Exploder,” Audioslave (RIP, Chris)

Life without emotions is artificial life. —The Doc

I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work. —Thomas Edison

That a man is a murderer is nothing against his prose. —Oscar Wilde

Teach me how to forget ’cause I ain’t sorry just yet. Teach me how to unlearn a lesson. —Jason Isbell

Everyone is crazy, so you’re not alone. —Tim Ferris

It’s easy to convince yourself things need to be hard. —Derek Sivers

I can feel it. This desk set wants to fly. The world’s first unmanned flying desk set. —Dead Poets Society

Regarding animals: “The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?’” ―Jeremy Bentham, The Principles of Morals and Legislation

If you wake up in the morning and don’t know who you are, by dinnertime someone will tell you who you are. —John Hope Bryant

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. —Frank Lloyd Wright

Imagination is more important than knowledge. —Einstein

Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order. —Virginia Woolf

Respect the work and finish. Real artists ship. —Seth Godin

The ear is the only true writer and the only true reader. —Capote

You must want to enough. —Phyllis A. Whitney

Speech is my hammer bang the world into shape. —Mos Def

There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun. —Picasso

The battle outside raging will soon shake your windows and rattle your walls. —“The Times They Are a-Changin’,” Dylan

Our need for a million dollars is dementia. —Dylan

You know my parents gonna be the death of us all. Two TV sets and two Cadillac cars. Well you know, it ain’t gonna help me at all. —Lou Reed

Writing something down usually works as a magnet for other thoughts. —Marcia Golub

At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. —MLK

This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. —MLK


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