‘What I need is the dandelion in the Spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction.’ – Suzanne Collins.
‘True literature can only exist when it is created not by diligent and reliable officials, but by madmen, hermits, heretics, dreamers, rebels and skeptics.’ – Yevgeny Zamyatin.
(By Andrea Musso)
‘Happiness is in the quiet, ordinary things. A table, a chair, a book with a paper-knife stuck between the pages. And the petal falling from the rose, and the light flickering as we sit silent.’ – Virginia Woolf.
(From Tara O’Brien)
‘Belonging is the innate human desire to be part of something larger than us. Because this yearning is so primal, we often try to acquire it by fitting in and by seeking approval, which are not only hollow substitutes for belonging, but often barriers to it. Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.’ – Brene Brown.
‘I told Miyazaki I love the “gratuitous motion” in his films; instead of every movement being dictated by the story, sometimes people will just sit for a moment, or they will sigh, or look in a running stream, or do something extra, not to advance the story but only to give the sense of time and place and who they are.
“We have a word for that in Japanese,” he said. “It’s called ma. Emptiness. It’s there intentionally.”
Is that like the “pillow words” that separate phrases in Japanese poetry?
“I don’t think it’s like the pillow word.” He clapped his hands three or four times. “The time in between my clapping is ma. If you just have non-stop action with no breathing space at all, it’s just busyness. But if you take a moment, then the tension building in the film can grow into a wider dimension. If you just have constant tension at 80 degrees all the time you just get numb.” – Robert Ebert, on Hayao Miyazaki.
(From Anemeya Photo Creations)
‘The brain appears to possess a special area which we might call poetic memory and which records everything that charms or touches us, that makes our lives beautiful.’ – Milan Kundera.
(From We Heart It)
‘If you’re feeling frightened about what comes next, don’t be. Embrace the uncertainty. Allow it to lead you places. Be brave as it challenges you to exercise both your heart and your mind as you create your own path towards happiness, don’t waste time with regret. Spin wildly into your next action. Enjoy the present, each moment, as it comes; because you’ll never get another one quite like it. And if you should ever look up and find yourself lost, simply take a breath and start over. Retrace your steps and go back to the purest place in your heart… where your hope lives. You’ll find your way again.’ – Everwood.
(Frida by Alexey Kurbatov)
‘I’ve loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.’ – Galileo.