We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.
We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask! ~ Paul Laurence Dunbar
Quiet people have the loudest minds. ~Stephen Hawking
We ascribe beauty to that which is simple, which has no superfluous parts, which exactly answers its end, which stands related to all things, which is the mean of many extremes. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge”. ~Isaac Asimov
Drink from the well of yourself and begin again. ~ Charles Bukowski
You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time. All else is grandiose romanticism or politics. ~Charles Bukowski
The less I needed, the better I felt. ~Charles Bukowski
People empty me. I have to get away to refill. ~Charles Bukowski
The area dividing the brain and the soul is affected in many ways by experience — some lose all mind and become soul: insane, some lose all soul and become mind: intellectual, some lose both and become: accepted.
~ Charles Bukowski
I had three pieces of limestone on my desk, but I was terrified to find that they required to be dusted daily, when the furniture of my mind was all undusted still, and threw them out the window in disgust.
~ Henry David Thoreau
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms. ~Henry David Thoreau
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone. ~Henry David Thoreau
Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life. ~Robin Sharma
What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic. ~Carl Sagan
I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted. ~Jack Kerouac
A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity. ~Franz Kafka
In case you ever foolishly forget, I am never not thinking of you. ~Virginia Woolf
The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages. ~Virginia Woolf
I don’t think anyone can grow unless he’s loved exactly as he is now, appreciated for what he is rather than what he will be. ~ Mr. Rogers
You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you need to make choices. And hopefully your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are. ~ Mr. Rogers