Books

-from JOY: The Happiness That Comes From Within by Osho-

The teacher goes on telling small children, “Pay attention to me! Be attentive!” They are attentive, but they are attentive to something else. A bird is singing with all his heart outside the school building and the child is attentive to the bird. Nobody can say he is not attentive, nobody can say he is not meditative, nobody can say is not in deep concentration. Yes, in fact, he has completely forgotten the teacher and the arithmetic that the teacher is doing on the board. In fact, the teacher is distracting the child. The child is attentive, it is happening naturally.

-from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert-

Your ego is a wonderful servant, but it is a terrible master… I know that I am not only an ego, I am also a soul and I know that my soul doesn’t care a wit about reward or failure, my soul is not guided by dreams of praise or fears of criticism, my soul doesn’t even have language for such emotions. My soul, when I tend to it, is a far more expensive and fascinating source of guidance than my ego will ever be because my soul desires only one thing: wonder. And since creativity is my most efficient pathway to wonder, I take refuge there and it feeds my soul and it quiets the hungry ghost— thereby saving me from the most dangerous aspect of myself.

Never delude yourself into believing that you require someone else’s blessing or even their comprehension in order to make your own creative work.

[i have a] deep and lifelong conviction that the results of my work don’t have much to do with me. I can only be in charge of producing the work itself. That’s a hard enough job. I refuse to take on additional jobs, such as trying to police what anybody thinks about my work once it leaves my desk.

Done is better than good. 

-from Lynch on Lynch edited by Chris Rodley

Human beings are like little factories, they turned out so many little products. The idea of something growing inside, and all these fluids, and timings and changes, and all these chemicals somehow capturing life, and coming out and splitting off and turning into another thing… It’s unbelievable.

When you’ve had a really bad dream and you wake up and you remember it and you tell a friend what happened, it’s not terrifying. You can see on their face that this is not the scary story you thought it was. But right there is the power of cinema. And even that can’t get it, because the dreamer has bought it 1000 per cent for himself or herself. The dream was played just for them. It’s so unique and powerful to that person. But with sounds and situations and time you could get much closer to putting that together for somebody else with a film.

Film

-from The Life of Francis Bacon, a Documentary-

Very often a person’s appearance belies their qualities, but generally speaking I think that you can, to a great extent, analyze their character from their appearance. And so I’m certainly not trying to make a portrait of somebody’s soul or psych or whatever you want to call it, you can only make a portrait of their appearance, but I think their appearance is deeply linked with their behavior.

I’ve always been very moved by pictures about slaughterhouses, and meat. And to me they belong very much to the whole theme of the crucifixion. I know for religious people, for Christians, the crucifixion has a totally different significance but for a non-believer, it was just an act of man’s behavior. A way of behavior to another.

-from The Ref

“Don’t start runnin’ kid. Once you start you never stop, believe me.” -Leary

-from Mistress America

“I’m the same, I’m just the same in another direction now.” -Lola Kirke

Journalism

from What You Still Don’t Understand About Being Trans, i-D interview with Hari Nef-

When men – in a world run by men – have long defined what it means to be a woman, it seems to me that both cis and trans women suffer from a definition of womanhood they didn’t write.

from The Time John Waters’s Girls Escaped a Kidnapping by Chloé Griffin

There comes a time when even the most optimistic people, like myself, realize that life among certain humans cannot be easy, that sometimes it is unmanageable and low-down, that all people are quixotic, and haunted, and burdened, and there’s just no way to lift their load for them.

Elsewhere

“If your passion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” -Jack Kornfield, daily yoga app

“Contrast helps you to identify desire.” -Abraham Hicks

“Life happens, and often things that may seem tragic and dismal at that point in time are actually the catalyst for something even better. And what makes it a catastrophe or a catalyst is your attitude towards it and how you see the next day. Always be looking ahead, maybe this just created an opportunity.” -Rebecca Lynn, Entrepreneurship Thought Leaders

“Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.” -Albert Einstein

“The life of the individual has meaning only insofar as it aids in making the life of every living thing nobler and more beautiful.” -Albert Einstein

“True health is contagious. When you express it, your mere presence will heal.” –email from spirit mother Kate

“There is no love that does not become help.” -Paul Tillich

“After many years of practice, the chain draws unexpectedly tight and you have dipped into waters that will continue to entice you back. You’ll have broken the skin on the pool of yourself.” -Seamus Heaney

“If you bring forward what is within you, what you bring forth with save you. If you don’t bring forth what is within you, what you don’t bring forth will destroy you.” -Gospel of Thomas

“Life ain’t a bitch, life is a waitress. Get it served how you order, no complaining.” -Bobby Raps

“It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” -WC Fields