Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his nature into his pictures.
– Henry Ward Beecher
Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish it’s source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.
– Anais Nin (1903-1977)
I am an innovator. This is a term of distinction, a term of honor, rather than something to hide or apologize for. Anyone who has new or valuable ideas to offer stands outside the intellectual status quo. But the status quo is not a stream, let alone a “mainstream” . It is a stagnant swamp. It is the innovators who carry mankind forward.
– Ayn Rand (1905-1982)
There is no expedient that a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking.
– Sir Joshua Reynolds
Walt Disney and R. Buckminster Fuller had 50 year plans.
– Mark Victor Hansen
If you haven’t found something strange during the day, it hasn’t been much of a day.
– John Wheeler
If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time. A tremendous whack.
It is surprising what a person can do when they have to, and how little most will do when they don’t have to.
– Walter Lin
While I was peeling onions, my 3-year-old daughter asked why I was crying. I said, “Oh, these onions!” She replied in a sad voice, “I know, they are really hurting my feelings.”
Take the most difficult challenge you are now facing and turn it into the greatest opportunity to grow simply by changing how you see it. Dead ends become turning points.
– Bob Perks
The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has.
– Michelangelo Buonarroti (1474-1564)
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles one has overcome while trying to succeed.
Not one of us knows what effect his life produces and what he gives to others; that is hidden from us and must remain so, though we are often allowed to see some little fraction of it, so that we may not lose courage. The way in which power works is a mystery.