“Life is it’s own answer… Live as well as possible. Expect no more. Destroy nothing. Humble nothing. Look for fault in nothing. Leave unsullied and untouched all that is beautiful.‘

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There is no secret… Life is it’s own answer. Accept it and enjoy it, day by day. Live as well as possible. Expect no more.

Destroy nothing. Humble nothing. Look for fault in nothing. Leave unsullied and untouched all that is beautiful.

Hold that which lives – in all reverence. For life is given by the sovereign of our universe: given to be savored, to be luxuriated in, to be – – respected.

Martian to earth man Col. Wilder’s question “What is your secret for life on Mars”, book quote from The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, 1950.

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”From my viewpoint, the value of the worn paperback with your initial impressions in the margins of a book you love is far more valuable than the first edition with the good dust jacket.”

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”From my viewpoint, the value of the worn paperback with your initial impressions in the margins of a book you love is far more valuable than the first edition with the good dust jacket.”

Comment by ”11-03-2020 Vote“ to the article:

Readers have many opinions on how to cull your book collection — and also why you never should

By Stephanie Merry

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In Memory: “Have a go. Anybody can do it.”

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“Have a go. Anybody can do it.”

— Alan Parker, 1944-2020, English, director, filmmaker

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”All art is an act of faith — a faith that life itself, with all its tragedies and flaws, can be improved by creating something new and putting it out into the world.”

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All art is an act of faith — a faith that life itself, with all its tragedies and flaws, can be improved by creating something new and putting it out into the world.

I’m not sure we’ll ever go back to what life was just a few months ago, but I do have faith that artists will remain a crucial part of whatever new one we come up with.

M.H. Miller is a features director of T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

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“What good is an artist, anyway?… I would answer “An artist provides an abstract mental garden for people to live, think, work, and exist in.”

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I’ve had senators and congressmen ask me,

“What good is an artist, anyway?”

I couldn’t believe it… I would answer…

“An artist provides an abstract mental garden for people to live, think, work, and exist in.”

James Rosenquist, painter, from “Painting Below Zero”, Alfred A. Knopf, 2009, p 249

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“The spaces between stars are where the work of the universe is done.”

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The spaces between stars are where the work of the universe is done.

Ivan Doig, writer, book quote from “The Sea Runners”, p.68, Simon and Schuster

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“To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace.”

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To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace.

Milan Kundera

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“ when I look back at [a] drawing, it carries a couple hours of my life with it. ”

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Diane Olivier, artist and educator remembers sketching a tomato slice on a trip to France:

“When I look at that drawing I remember the temperature, I remember where we were sitting,” she said. “I remember the shadow falling across the picnic table. I remember the people I was talking to. And when I look back at that drawing, it carries a couple hours of my life with it.”

Diane Olivier, artist

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“We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory.”

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We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory.

Bernard Williams, English, philosopher

Painting: E. Manet, Violets, 1872, a gift to Berthe Morisot

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“Happiness, not in another place but this place… not for another hour but this hour”

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“Happiness, not in another
place but this place…
not for another hour
but this hour”

Walt Whitman, “A Song for Occupations,” Leaves of Grass

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“Once in a while the dream comes true / And the whole pattern of life is altered”

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But once in a while the odd thing happens
Once in a while the dream comes true
And the whole pattern of life is altered
Once in a while, the moon turns blue

W. H. Auden, poet

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“ It is a danger to wait around for an idea to occur to you. You have to find the idea. “

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It is a danger to wait around for an idea to occur to you. You have to find the idea.

Gerhard Richter, painter,
“Gerhard Richter: An Artist Beyond Isms”. The New York Times Magazine, January 27, 2002.

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“The object is nothing, light is everything.”

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Light glorifies everything. It transforms and ennobles the most commonplace and ordinary subjects. The object is nothing, light is everything.

Leonard Missone, Belgian, photographer


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“Some of the secret joys of living are not found by rushing from point A to point B, but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way.”

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“Some of the secret joys of living are not found by rushing from point A to point B, but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way.”

-Douglas Pagels, author

-Illustration: Saul Steinberg


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”Have you noticed that music and art are already filling the emotional gaps left by the absence of direct human contact? “

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”Have you noticed that music and art are already filling the emotional gaps left by the absence of direct human contact?

…The most relevant unit of society at the moment is the entire human family.”

I wonder if there will be an enduring shift in consciousness after all this. All those tribal us-them stories don’t seem quite as germane right now. The most relevant unit of society at the moment is the entire human family.

All those burn-it-down/destroy-the-system/anti-establishment tirades ring a little hollow, too. It’s not the angry outsiders who are protecting us right now, it’s the Establishment.

The whole culture of autonomy seems immature, too: I’m free to be myself! The people who are out there doing their own thing are at Spring Break threatening the lives of the most vulnerable around them.

We’ll need a great reset when this is all over. We need to start planning a…

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“The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.”

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“The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.”

– William Faulkner, writer

Image: Jakob Owens


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“I make use of painting to render thoughts visible.”

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“I make use of painting to render thoughts visible.”

— Rene Magritte, Belgian, painter


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“Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?”

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“Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?”

David Baldacci, writer, book quote from “The Camel Club”, p.304, Pan Macmillan

Photo: Kourish Qaffari


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“Art is risk made visible”

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“Art is risk made visible”

Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Photographer


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He works alone, his images are all unmanipulated, made with one exposure, with no retouching. ‘I do not use an assistant to look through the camera; otherwise she or he also becomes the photographer. Instead, I have nine seconds to get into the scene, or if I am using a long cable release bulb, I can press it and throw it out of the picture, knowing nine seconds later the camera will fire’ source


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“A woodman came into a forest to ask the trees to give him a handle for his axe… No sooner had the woodman fitted the wood to his purpose, than he began felling the noblest trees in the wood.”

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A woodman came into a forest to ask the trees to give him a handle for his axe. It seemed so modest a request that the principal trees at once agreed to it, and it was settled among them that a plain, homely ash tree should furnish what was wanted.

No sooner had the woodman fitted the wood to his purpose, than he began laying about him on all sides, felling the noblest trees in the wood. The oak, now seeing the whole matter too late, whispered to the cedar, “The first concession has lost all. If we had not sacrificed our humble neighbor, we might have yet stood for ages ourselves.”

Aesop, from The Trees and the Axe


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“We live in a fractured world. I’ve always seen it as my role as an artist to attempt to make wholeness.”

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We live in a fractured world. I’ve always seen it as my role as an artist to attempt to make wholeness.

Anish Kapoor, sculptor


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“The trick is not becoming a writer. The trick is staying a writer.”

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The trick is not becoming a writer. The trick is staying a writer.

Harlan Ellison

Image: Leonid Pasternak – The Passion of Creation


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“I see the shape of the poem before I start writing, and the writing is just the process of arriving at the shape.“

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“I see the shape of the poem before I start writing, and the writing is just the process of arriving at the shape.”

Carol Ann Duffy, poet

Image; Neil Bates


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“Why shouldn’t we, so generally addicted to the gigantic, at last have some small works of art, some short poems, short pieces of music, some…”

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Why shouldn’t we, so generally addicted to the gigantic, at last have some small works of art, some short poems, short pieces of music, some intimate, low-voiced, and delicate things in our mostly huge and roaring, glaring world?

Elizabeth Bishop, writer, “Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters”


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“In a time of destruction, create something: a poem, a parade, a community, a school, a vow, a moral principle; one peaceful moment.”

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“In a time of destruction, create something: a poem, a parade, a community, a school, a vow, a moral principle; one peaceful moment.”

Maxine Hong Kingston, author

Image: Anders Nord


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“The New Year is a painting not yet painted… remember that you are blessed with the ability to reshape your life!”

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“The New Year is a painting not yet painted; a path not yet stepped on; a wing not yet taken off! Things haven’t happened as yet! Before the clock strikes twelve, remember that you are blessed with the ability to reshape your life!”

— Mehmet Murat ildan, Turkish, writer

Image: Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, 1755–1842), self portrait


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“It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

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“It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

Jean-Luc Godard, Director


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“Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.”

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“Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.”

L. Tolstoy


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“Enjoy yourself… The years go by, as quickly as a wink. Enjoy yourself, It’s later than you think”

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As a birthday gift to myself I’m taking a blog-free holiday for the remainder of 2019. Wishing you all the best of the rest of this year and depart singing along to this tuneful reminder:

“You never go to night clubs and
You just don’t care to dance
You don’t have time for silly things
Like moonlight and romance
You only think of dollar bills
Tied neatly in a stack
But when you kiss a dollar bill,
It doesn’t kiss you back”

Song quotes from “Enjoy Yourself“, 1949. Recorded by Guy Lombardo and Louis Prima

Music written by Carl Sigman and lyrics by Herb Magidson.

Enjoy Yourself, (It’s Later Than You Think)

You work and work
For years and years
You’re always on the go
You never take the minute off
Too busy making dough
Someday you’ll say
You’ll have your fun
When you’re a millionaire
Imagine all…

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“Love people and use things because the opposite never works.”

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“Love people and use things because the opposite never works.”

Joshua Fields Millburn, author, movie quote from Minimalism – A Documentary About Important Things


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