"The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse."
"My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence."
"Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude"
"Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are gods. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realise that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that THEY are gods."
— Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever
"You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself."
"Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations…If you adopt their attitudes, then the possibility won’t exist because you’ll have already shut it out … You can hear other people’s wisdom, but you’ve got to re-evaluate the world for yourself."
"To live and know it is only for a moment… that is to know the soul."
"Shakespeare — who is as mysterious as he? — his language and his way of doing things are surely the equal of any brush trembling with fever and emotion. But one has to learn to read, as one has to learn to see and learn to live."
Vincent van Gogh
To Theo van Gogh. Cuesmes, between about Tuesday, 22 and Thursday, 24 June 1880.
"Believe me: the greatest events—they are not our loudest but our stillest hours."
"The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you."
"It is known to many that we need solitude to find ourselves. Perhaps it is not so well known that we need solitude to find our fellows."
Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), excerpted from Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing
"I have an existential map. It has ‘You are here’ written all over it."
"Don’t kiss me if you’re afraid of thunder. My life is a storm."
"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."
— Robert A. Heinlein