“Say who you are, really say it in your life and in your work. Tell someone out there who is lost, someone not yet born, someone who won’t be born for 500 years.
Your writing will be a record of your time. It can’t help but be that. But more importantly, if you’re honest about who you are, you’ll help that person be less lonely in their world because that person will recognize him or herself in you and that will give them hope.”
Charlie Kaufman, screenwriter,
“Screenwriters’ Lecture: Speech for BAFTA, 30 September 2011.
“Whatever you do with your life-whatever you end up achieving or not achieving-the great gift you have in you to give to the world is the gift of who you alone are;
your way of seeing things, and saying things, and feeling about things, that is like nobody else’s. If so much as a single one of you were missing, there would be an empty place at the great feast of life that nobody else in all creation could fill.”
“This hour in history needs a dedicated circle of transformed nonconformists.
Our planet teeters on the brink of annihilation; dangerous passions of pride, hatred, and selfishness are enthroned in our lives; and men do reverence before false gods of nationalism and materialism.
The saving of our world from pending doom will come,
not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but
through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.”
“I have always believed that I need a circumference of silence.
As to what happens to when I compose, I really haven’t the faintest idea.”
Samuel Barber, American, composer
“What is my wish you ask?
Let us all work at our best and together to make 2018 a better, a beautiful, an unbounded year.”
“Bogus news isn’t the real problem: The problem is that we undervalue the type of critical thinking needed to spot it.”
Fake news is running rampant on the internet, but blaming social media sites like Facebook for not filtering it out doesn’t address the larger issue at hand. Bogus news isn’t the real problem: The problem is that we undervalue the type of critical thinking needed to spot it.
We shouldn’t expect a social media site to tell us what is and is not real. We are bombarded with nonsense on a daily basis, and navigating through it is a life skill we must learn. We can’t expect others to do it for us.
Bobby Azarian, Cognitive neuroscientist, George Mason University
“It is also important to teach children to demand evidence…
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