Wednesday, August 01, 2007
nothing is ever lost.
"what do you want more than anything else in the world? what do you love, or what do you hate?"
"we know how fresh and original is each man, even the slowest and dullest. if we come at him right, talk him along, and give him his head, and at last say, what do you want? (or if the man is very old, what did you want?) every man will speak his dream. and when a man talks from his heart, in his moment of truth, he speaks poetry."
"how strange--we're so busy looking out, to find ways and means, we forget to look in."
"be certain of this: when honest love speaks, when true admiration begins, when excitement rises, when hate curls like smoke, you need never doubt that creativity will stay with you for a lifetime."
"look at yourself then. consider everything you have fed yourself over the years. was it a banquet or a starvation diet? who are your friends? do they believe in you? or do they stunt your growth with ridicule and disbelief? if the latter, you haven't friends. go find some."
"ugliness is a concept we happen on later and become self-conscious about."
"do we want the stars? we can have them. can we borrow cups of fire from the sun? we can and must and light the world. everywhere we look: problems. everywhere we further deeply look: solutions."
"self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all."
"we are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. the trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out."
"WORK. RELAXATION. DON'T THINK!"
"there is only one type of story in the world. your story."
- quotes from zen in the art of writing by ray bradbury.