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Goodbye until 2019: “The artist, busy and unsettled, can find a moment’s peace… by quietly attuning to a red sky, a gray sky, a black sky, a blue sky.”

 

Hello friends,

I will be out of communication an unknown period of time. Due to tinderbox conditions and high winds throughout southern California all power in this part of the county has been turned off to help avoid more fires starting.

I will be taking a blogging break through the end of this year as the threat of fire is now an ever-present reality.  All that is ours is under the danger of perishing with slim to no warning.

Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Xmas to those who kindly visit and share with me these last several years!

Douglas


The artist, busy and unsettled, can find a moment’s peace – and even whole-being rejuvenation – by quietly attuning to a red sky, a gray sky, a black sky, a blue sky.

Eric Maisel

 

 

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“I can be changed by what happens to me. But…”

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.

Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

inspirationsale“On a recent wilderness hike I found myself quite lost, cold and sensing a growing panic in my gut.

I sat to collect my wits and it was then that I noticed this remarkable tree. It had somehow grown through an immovable boulder in an effort to claim its own place, its own life.

I found it an inspiring reminder about how we respond to seemingly insurmountable obstacles. And this photograph and print is the result. – Douglas

Tree of Inspiration, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, http://fineartamerica.com/featured/tree-of-inspiration-douglas-moorezart.html
Tree of Inspiration, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, http://fineartamerica.com/featured/tree-of-inspiration-douglas-moorezart.html
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“I have to be alone very often…”

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Apart – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

“I have to be alone very often.
I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night
until Monday morning alone in my apartment.
That’s how I refuel.”

Audrey Hepburn

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“Art is long, and Time is fleeting.”

 

The Poppy Fades  – D. Moorezart, c 2018, all rights reserved

Art is long, and Time is fleeting.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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“I’ve never met an ordinary woman”


“I’ve never met an ordinary woman”

Joseph Campbell


Arcimboldo’s Muse, photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved

“To the predators…. I say to you, ‘You can choose your sin but you don’t get to choose the consequences. To the victims …I see you. I believe you …and I’m listening’ ”

— Viola Davis, Variety, October 2017


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“In the fall, I believe again in poetry”

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“In the fall, I believe again in poetry, if nothing else it is a movement of the mind.”

— Jaakko  Ahokas

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Summer Sunset in my Garden, photography by D. Moorezart, c 2018, all rights reserved
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“It’s always summer somewhere.”

“It’s always summer somewhere.”

– Lilly Pulitzer

 

Hollyhocks, watercolor and pen, D. Moorezart, c 2018, all rights reserved.
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“When you stop searching and you calm down and you put your books away, and you confront yourself… “

“When you stop searching and you calm down and you put your books away, and you confront yourself and see what you are all about, that will bring about bliss faster than anything you can ever imagine or ever do.”

Robert Adams, photographer


Koi Pond 9, Watercolor, Pencil, Gouache, D. Moorezart, c 2018, all rights reserved

 

 

 

 

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“Follow your bliss… doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”

 

“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living… Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”

Joseph Campbell
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San Juan Capistrano, D.M,  c 2018
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” Will it be here… a place which will not elude us ? “

On the Edge – original photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“Will it be here that we shall find a place
which will not elude us, or which if it remains
does not exert on us a culpable attraction?

Or must we, leaning over the deck and
watching the shores glide by,
move forever onward?”

― André Gide, Urien’s Voyage
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No. 16 – Wish You Were Here

No. 16 - Wish You Were Here - D. Moorezart, copyright 2015 - PRINTS: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/no-16-wish-you-were-here-douglas-moorezart.html
No. 16 – Wish You Were Here – Original photography by Douglas  Moorezart, copyright 2017. all rights reserved. Prints are available by clicking the image above.

Good retro morning to all from somewhere in Los Angeles, California!

Photo Dedicated to Ms. W. on the East Coast!

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“Some of us aren’t meant to belong. Some of us have to turn the world upside down…”

 

“Some of us aren’t meant to belong.
Some of us have to turn the world upside down
and shake the hell out of it until we
make our own place in it.”

― Elizabeth Lowell, Remember Summer

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Days of Summer, photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

 

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“…we’ve no money for butter”

“…When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, With a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me, And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves, And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter”

— Jenny Joseph

Sage in my Garden - Douglas Moorezart, c 2015, prints: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/purple-garden-douglas-moorezart.html
Purple – Douglas Moorezart, c 2015


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“We all carry, inside us, people who came before us.”

 


 

“We all carry, inside us, people who came before us.”

― David Mitchell, The Cloud Atlas

 


Ancestors – Douglas Moorezart, c 2018, all rights reserved

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Coy-Koi, secrets spring to life

 

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hints beneath the ice

wintered without food or light

secrets spring to life
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Koi, painting – oil on panel, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved
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Every Weed a Flower Somewhere

Every Weed
a Flower Somewhere

here, a trampled weed
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dismissed, dreaming hopeful seed
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there, a flower freed
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d.w.moore

 

Wild Coneflowers, photography – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2015, all rights reserved

 

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Who’s There? / “Rescue dogs are the best dogs!!”


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“Rescue dogs are the best dogs!!”

Chris Evans, actor, twitter feed on National Pet Day, April 11, 2018

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“Who’s There?” (Breugel and Bella), oil on canvas, Douglas Moore, copyright 2015, all rights reserved

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Breugel (left) and Bella — our rescue family shortly after adoption.  Getting to know one another as bonds form. What else could I call this painting but “Who’s There?”

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“a parallel life”

“a parallel life, as dreams shadow

waking but never intersect it”

— Edmund White


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Parallel – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

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“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.”

“You can cut all the flowers but

you cannot keep spring from coming.”

Pablo Neruda

 


 

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Dawn Across the Garden, painting, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved

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After the Tourists are Gone

“Once you have traveled…the mind can never break off from the journey.”

― Pat Conroy

 

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After the Tourists Are Gone – D. Moorezart, c 2016

“Once you have traveled…the mind can never break off from the journey.”

― Pat Conroy

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“Earth laughs in flowers.”

“Earth laughs in flowers.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 


Prints

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Painting by Douglas Moorezart, “Sunflowers and Cosmos”,  copyright 2018, all rights reserved

 

 

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“Listen, all creeping things, the bell of transience.”

 

“Listen, all creeping things, the bell of transience.”

Kobayashi Issa. poet


Blue Bloom, photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved
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“you only get so many days on the planet”

“You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day, and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn’t waste either.”

―Galen Rowel

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Pacific Crest Sunrise – Douglas Moorezart, c 2016, all right reserved

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“find your eternity in each moment”

“find your eternity in each moment”

Henry David Thoreau.April 24, 1859


 

“In the moment”, photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved

 

 

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“Once we choose hope, everything is possible.”

 

“At some time, often when we least expect it, we all have to face overwhelming challenges. When the unthinkable happens, the lighthouse is hope… cling to it with absolute determination.

When we have hope, we discover powers within ourselves we may have never known- the power to make sacrifices, to endure, to heal, and to love.

Once we choose hope, everything is possible.”

Christopher Reeve


“Summer Shore”, photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved

 

 

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“no one has to explain a daffodil”

“Picasso said

that no one has to explain a daffodil.

Good design is understandable

to virtually everybody.

You never have to ask why.”

 

Hugh Newell Jacobsen


Daffodils in My Window - Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved
Daffodils in My Window – painting, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved

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“remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”

Dream, photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved
“Dreamer”, photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved

“Remember, remember always,

that all of us, and you and I especially,

are descended from immigrants

and revolutionists.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt


 

 

 

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“Free to Wander Wherever They Choose”

“Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world;

but here the earth was the floor of the sky.”

― Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop

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One and one-half wandering Jews
Free to wander wherever they choose
Are traveling together
In the Sangre de Christo
The Blood of Christ Mountains
Of New Mexico
On the last leg of a journey
They started a long time ago
The arc of a love affair
Rainbows in the high desert air
Mountain passes
Slipping into stone
Hearts and bones

Paul Simon, Hearts and Bones

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Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and Sangre de Cristo Mountains, painting, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved

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“Winter… Something waits beneath it”

 

“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.  Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”

Andrew Wyeth, American, painter

 

The promise of seed, painting, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved
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“A puzzle without a solution is a work of art.”


“A puzzle with a solution is a game.

 

A puzzle without a solution is a work of art.”

 

— Marty Rubin


Dark Path, original photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

 

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“We have not long to love. A night. A day…”

We Have Not Long, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

“So moments pass as though
they wished to stay.
We have not long to love.
A night. A day….”
― Tennessee Williams, The Collected Poems

 

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“privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.”

Myrrhiad, Photo: Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“Privacy matters; privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.”

Edward Snowden

 

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“The ideal place for me is the one in which it is most natural to…”

“The ideal place for me is the one in which it is most natural to live as a foreigner.”

-Italo Calvino

Promenade, copyright 2017, Douglas Moorezart, all rights reserved

 

 

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“a world where there are Octobers”

 

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Through The Island Forest by Douglas MooreZart – copyright 2016, all rights reserved. Original Fine Art Prints By Douglas MooreZart

 


“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


In the mountains of southern California there is a lake with an island in its midst. Outside this island a majority of trees were consumed in a forest fire in 2003 (The infamous Cedar Fire).   Many of the trees had stood 200-300 or more years. But on the lake’s island you can still walk through a landscape of beautiful ancient oak and pine trees. On a fall day, as I walked the island’s edges, I came upon this spot-  a still standing glorious ancient survivor.  Autumn perfection – Fall color surrounds, the air is crisp and clear, migratory birds call above and the sun rests on the horizon.

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“Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.”

 

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Idyll- D. Moorezart c 2017, all rights reserved

“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day… So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. ”

― Henry David Thoreau

 

 

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“It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend”

“Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend”

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Within our garden in the high mountains of New Mexico is a 150 year old Pinyon tree.  Our first few years here we made a twice daily pilgrimage to sit beneath this beautiful tree — folding chair in one hand, espresso in the other.

We end up here in time to see the sun rise and the night’s mist vanish.  And in book-end symmetry at sunset we sit silent observers of the distant mountains set beneath an O’Keeffe sky of crimson, orange and purple.

One day a question arrived.  How about more permanent ‘season ticket seating’?  How about an old-fashioned tree swing? How about that branch there?  But it’s old like us and might break. Perhaps an arbor to support it – a little insurance.

Arbor done, swing hung, but something was missing. It needs some color doesn’t it?  Many colors had potential. All were considered and it took some time to settle on just one. The final choice of vibrant yellow worked perfectly, poetically.

All elements in balance now and for 310 days a year (give or take), this swing seems to levitate in the rising and setting sun, like a magic carpet….two performances daily.


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The Yellow Swing – photography by  Douglas MooreZart – Fine Art Prints

 

 


 

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Emerald Twilight: “Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.”

Emerald Twilight - mixed media, copyright 2017, all rights reserved, Douglas Moorezart
Emerald Twilight – mixed media, copyright 2017, all rights reserved, Douglas Moorezart

Prints available here


 

“Take only memories,
leave nothing but footprints.”

-Chief Seattle

 


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“There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which… “

Succulent Garden – mixed media, copyright 2017, all rights reserved, Douglas Moorezart

 

“There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.”

-William Frederick Halsey, Jr.

 

 

 

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Missions of California: “One of the most important things you can do on this earth is …”

 

Mission San Rafael Arcangel, mixed media, c 2017, all rights reserved, D. Moorezart
Mission San Rafael Arcangel, mixed media, c 2017, all rights reserved, D. Moorezart

“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”

― Shannon L. Alder

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” … but they have never found these dangers sufficient reasons for staying ashore.”


Point Reyes, D. Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“The fisherman knows that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reasons for staying ashore.”

— Vincent van Gogh


 

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“The cure for anything…”

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Wave, acrylic on paper, D. Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

 

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.”

– Isak Dinesen


 

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“life’s fast pace slows”

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Blue Rose – D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

As purple streaks the sky, life’s fast pace slows,
and day begins to drift into the night.
To one who stands alone my long gaze goes.
Unique and lovely is the bluest rose.

– Andrea Dietrich

 

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“in a world which is doing its best… to make you like everybody else”

Unnoticed – D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

“To be nobody but yourself in a world
which is doing its best day and night
to make you like everybody else
means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight
and never stop fighting.”

― E.E. Cummings

 

 

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“I discovered that my dream had become… my address.”

Sogno di Cartoline d’Italia– D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

Prints available here


“When I went to Venice, I discovered that my dream had become- incredibly, but quite simply- my address.”

Marcel Proust

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“However vast the darkness we must supply our own light”

 

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Coastal Ramblings – D. Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

 

“However vast the darkness we must supply our own light”

— Stanley Kubrick

 

 

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“moments pass as though they wished to stay”

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Flaxen Ephemera – D. Moorezart, c 2017

“So moments pass as though
they wished to stay.
We have not long to love.
A night. A day….”

― Tennessee Williams, The Collected Poems

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“There is a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in.”

 

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Forest Light – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

 

There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.


~Leonard Cohen

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“Music was my refuge”

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Street Musicians, D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

 

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”

― Maya Angelou

“Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.”

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“Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.”

Khalil Gibran, writer, book quote from “The New Frontier and Sand and Foam”


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“I am truly a ‘lone traveler’ and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude.”

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“I am truly a ‘lone traveler’ and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude.”

Albert Einstein

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“When you are trying to understand the world, it is unwise to assume that you occupy a privileged position in it”

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“When you are trying to understand the world, it is unwise to assume that you occupy a privileged position in it”

Jim Holt, philosopher, author


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“Out of such chaos, of such contradiction / We learn that we are neither devils nor divines”

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We, this people, on this small and drifting planet

Whose hands can strike with such abandon

That in a twinkling, life is sapped from the living

Yet those same hands can touch with such healing, irresistible tenderness

That the haughty neck is happy to bow

And the proud back is glad to bend

Out of such chaos, of such contradiction

We learn that we are neither devils nor divines

Excerpt: A Brave and Startling Truth

Maya Angelou, poet


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“Sometimes you just have to bite your upper lip and put sunglasses on.”

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“Sometimes you just have to bite your upper lip and put sunglasses on.”

Bob Dylan, songwriter


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“On your journey to your dream, be ready to face oasis and deserts. In both cases, don’t stop”

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“On your journey to your dream, be ready to face oasis and deserts. In both cases, don’t stop”

Paulo Coelho, writer


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“Have more than you show. Speak less than you know.”

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“Have more than you show. Speak less than you know.”

Fool to Lear

William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act 1, Scene 4


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