We are the Curators of Our Own Lives Pt5

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The Very Best of the Voices in My Head Side 1

1. “When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him.”
—Thomas Szasz

2. “That was the thing about the world: it wasn’t that things were harder than you thought they were going to be. It was that they were hard in ways that you didn’t expect. ”
-Lev Grossman

3. “To feel the affection that comes from those whom we do not know … widens out the boundaries of our being, and unites all living things.”
-Pablo Neruda

4. William S. Burroughs on Love:

“Love? What is It? Most natural painkiller what there is. LOVE.”

5. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”
-Aristotle

6. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
– Henry David Thoreau

7. Politically Incorrect Advice to the Young from William S. Burroughs:

“Any old soul is worth saving at least to a priest, but not every soul is worth buying.”

8. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
– Abraham Lincoln

9. “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”
-Vince Lombardi

10. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.”
-Rosa Parks

11. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”
-Florence Nightingale

12. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
-Herman Melville

13. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
– Charles Darwin

Writes of Passage Pt4

1. “The Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.”
– Marcus Garvey

2. “An artist needs a certain amount of turmoil and confusion.”
-Joni Mitchell

3. “I am the American heartbreak—
The rock on which Freedom
Stumped its toe—
The great mistake
That Jamestown made
Long ago.”
— Langston Hughes, “American Heartbreak”

4. “History is our blueprint for living, surviving, changing the dynamics of our situation & the contours of our journey, do not set aside the lessons of a lifetime for changes that never make the grade.”
-African Queens Collective

5. James Baldwin on the Empathic Rewards of Reading and What It Means to Be an Artist:

“An artist is a sort of emotional or spiritual historian. His role is to make you realize the doom and glory of knowing who you are and what you are.”

6. Aldous Huxley on How You Become Who You Are, How to Get Out of Your Own Way, and the Necessity of Mind-Body Education:

“In all the activities of life, from the simplest physical activities to the highest intellectual and spiritual activities, our whole effort must be to get out of our own light.”

7. “The drums of Africa still beat in my heart. They will not let me rest while there is a single Negro boy or girl without a chance to prove his worth.”
-Mary McLeod Bethune

8. “America is an interracial marriage that can’t be annulled. And we are the offspring of a shotgun wedding. And every generation unreconciled, our children the orphans of history.”
-Nathan Richardson

9. Against the Illusion of Separateness, Pablo Neruda’s Beautiful and Humanistic Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech:

“There is no insurmountable solitude. All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are. And we must pass through solitude and difficulty, isolation and silence, in order to reach forth to the enchanted place where we can dance our clumsy dance…”

10. “Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can only be done by projecting the ethic of love to the center of our lives.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are the Curators of Our Own Lives Pt4

Writes of Passage Pt3

1. “What we know of other people is only our memory of the moments during which we knew them. And they have changed since then.”
~ T.S. Eliot

2. “Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life.”
~Anais Nin

3. “I lapsed into my pathetic cut-off period. Often with humans, both good and bad, my senses simply shut off, they get tired, I give up. I am polite. I nod. I pretend to understand because I don’t want anybody to be hurt. That is the one weakness that has lead me into the most trouble. Trying to be kind to others I often get my soul shredded into a kind of spiritual pasta.No matter. My brain shuts off. I listen. I respond. And they are too dumb to know that I am not there.”
~Charles Bukowski

4. “My solitude doesn’t depend on the presence or absence of people; on the contrary, I hate who steals my solitude without, in exchange, offering me true company.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

5. “Knowledge without understanding is just a book on a shelf.”
~ Dr. Nina M. Knight

6. “There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”
– Vincent Van Gogh

7. “Go into yourself and test the deeps in which your life takes rise; at its source you will find the answer to the question whether you must create.”
-Rainer Maria Rilke

8. “When the roots are deep there is no reason to fear the wind.”
-African Proverb

9. “The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”
~ William Blake

10. “Our youth are forced to pass through schools that dont teach, then told to search for jobs that dont exist and finally left stranded to stare at the glamorous lives advertised around them.”
-Huey P. Newton

Compiled by MDSHall