Writes of Passage V1


“It is an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live.”
~Nina Simone


“I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live.”
–Anais Nin


“You’ve got to learn to leave the table when love’s no longer being served.”
-Nina Simone


“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered. The point is to discover them.”


“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
~Albert Einstein


“Armed With The Knowledge Of The Past, We Can With Confidence Charter A Course For Our Future.”
-Malcolm X


“The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.”
-Douglas Horton


“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
-Leonardo da Vinci


“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”
~Thomas Carlyle


“But you grow if you stand still in the greatest doubt,
and therefore steadfastness in great doubt is a veritable
flower of life.”
~Carl Jung


“Nobody will stop you from creating. Do it tonight. Do it tomorrow. That is the way to make your soul grow – whether there is a market for it or not! The kick of creation is the act of creating, not anything that happens afterward.I would tell all of you watching this screen: Before you go to bed, write a four line poem. Make it as good as you can. Don’t show it to anybody. Put it where nobody will find it. And you will discover that you have your reward.”
~Kurt Vonnegut


“For one human being to love another, that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks…the work for which all other work is but preparation.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke


“If you walk through life and don’t help anybody, you haven’t had much of a life…”
-Fred Hampton


“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.” ~Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets


“Love yourself; get outside yourself and take action. Focus on the solution; be at peace.”
—Lakota proverb


“The purpose of poetry is to remind us how difficult it is to remain just one person,for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors, and invisible guests come in and out at will.”
~Czesław Miłosz


“It is a time for martyrs now, and if I am to be one, it will be for the cause of brotherhood. That’s the only thing that can save this country. Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society. The only way we’ll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the oppressed people.”
–Malcolm X


“To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality.”
―John Ruskin


“The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous.”
~George Orwell


“This is the NOW we’re living in! Do not be distracted by the claims of tomorrow or the worries of yesterday.”

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