“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.”
– William Gibson
“Art must take reality by surprise.”
— Francoise Sagan
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.’
Something from Jim Steinman, the musician, who wrote Bat Out Hell and died a few days ago (1947-2021).
“If you don’t go over the top, you can’t see what’s on the other side.”
Reminds me slighly of Kurt Vonnegut’s quote: “I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” And this, of course, harks back to Guillaume Apollinaire’s ‘Come to the edge’ quote.
“The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is or has been is but the twilight of the dawn.” HG Wells, The Discovery of tyhe Future (1913)
“No plan of operations reaches with any certainty beyond the first encounter with the enemy’s main force” (Helmuth von Moltke, Prussina military commander, 1880).
Or another version….
“Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth” (Mike Tyson, former World Heavyweight boxing champion).
“Science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science. But man needs both.” – From the Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra.
Not 100% true (floppy discs or zip drives anyone?), but I like the thought.
Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.”
― Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn