Edward Hopper: Painting words

“If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint. “

—Edward Hopper, painter (1882-1967).

Pierre Bayle: No less wit nor less invention

Pierre Bayle

Pierre Bayle (Photo credit: Stifts- och landsbiblioteket i Skara)

There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought. –Pierre Bayle, philosopher and writer (1647-1706)


Mark Twain: Truth and fiction

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Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.

Mark Twain

Anais Nin: Living ideas

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English: Photograph of Anaïs Nin as a teenager, circa 1920. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living

.Anais Nin

Marcus Tullius Cicero: Being sorry

Cicero, Kopiezeichnung einer Büste aus London ...

Cicero, Kopiezeichnung einer Büste aus London (Herzog Wellington) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“No one has the right to be sorry for himself for a misfortune that strikes everyone. ”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Anatole France: Vain sounds

English: Anatole France

English: Anatole France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you cannot understand them. –Anatole France, novelist, essayist, Nobel laureate (1844-1924)

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Excess wisdom

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Photo credit: Books18)

“The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tab Hunter: What people believe

“People believe what they want to believe. ”

Edward Everett Hale: Being one

Edward Everett Hale

Edward Everett Hale (Photo credit: Mr. Ducke)

I am only one, / But still I am one. / I cannot do everything, / But still I can do something; / And because I cannot do everything, / I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. –Edward Everett Hale, author (1822-1909)

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Jane Austen: Suffering places

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Jane Austen, Watercolour and pencil portrait by her sister Cassandra, 1810 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering.” – – –Jane Austen, novelist (1775-1817).

Competition and cooperation

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933. Lietuvių: Fra...

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933. Lietuvių: Franklinas Delanas Ruzveltas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off. ”
Franklin D Roosevelt

Leo Tolstoy: Strange illusion

portrait of Leo Tolstoy

portrait of Leo Tolstoy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness. –Leo Tolstoy, novelist and philosopher (1828-1910).

Edgar Allan Poe: Nasal mob

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1848 Daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe at 39, a year before his death (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led. ”
Edgar Allan Poe

Leo Tolstoy: Truth

Leo Tolstoy 1848

Leo Tolstoy 1848 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. –Leo Tolstoy, novelist and philosopher (1828-1910).

Margaret J. Wheatley: Magnetic

“Our willingness to acknowledge that we only see half the picture creates the conditions that make us more attractive to others. The more sincerely we acknowledge our need for their different insights and perspectives, the more they will be magnetized to join us. ”
—Margaret J. Wheatley.

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English: Sketch representing ferromagnetic material magnetic domains when magnetized. John 19:49, 29 August 2007 (UTC) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Live now

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“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. ”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Oscar Wilde at Oxford

Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.
Oscar Wilde

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Love

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe at age 69

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“Love does not dominate; it cultivates. ”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

T S Eliot: Talking of Michelangelo

Michelangelo Buonarroti

In the room people come and go, talking of Michelangelo.
T S Eliot.

Raymond Thornton Chandler: Science and art

“There are two kinds of truth: the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art. Neither is independent of the other or more important than the other. Without art science would be as useless as a pair of high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science art would become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery. The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps art from becoming ridiculous.”

—Raymond Thornton Chandler, writer (1888-1959).

George Lucas: Do or do not

Opening logo to the Star Wars films

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“Do or do not. There is no ‘try.'” ~ George Lucas, Jedi Master Yoda, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners