On Being

‘To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.’
— Henri Bergson

‘Man is what he believes.’
— Anton Chekhov

‘I think, therefore I am.’
— René Déscartes

‘The most beautiful experience we can have is the most mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.’
— Albert Einstein

‘Make the most of you because that is all there is of you.’
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies.’
— Erich Fromm

‘We must become the change we want to see.’
— Mahatma Gandhi

‘Belief is not the beginning of knowledge—it is the end.’
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘If you would create something, you must be something.’
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘Compared to what we ought to be, we are half awake.’
— William James

‘As I played, another dimension of sound welled up unexpectedly from inside the piano and burned through my fingers. … There was no more pianist and no more piano. In this undefended moment of free flight, something changed in my body and God slipped in. As soon as my mind noticed, God slipped back out again.’
— Michael Jones

‘When the wind strips us bare, the present moment is often the safest place to be.’
— Michael Jones

‘In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn then the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.’
— Jiddi Krishnamurti

‘I try to live right. I always try to adhere to what I think is right, and that, to me, is the most important part of creative work.’
— Sam Maloof

‘Because women live creatively, they rarely experience the need to depict or write about that which to them is a primary experience and which men know only at a second remove. Women create naturally, men create artificially.’
— Ashley Montagu

‘I don’t paint nature. I am nature.’
— Jackson Pollock

‘Our lives teach us who we are.’
— Salman Rushdie

‘The conception of the necessary unit of all that is resolves itself into the poverty of the imagination, and a freer logic emancipates us from the straitwaistcoated benevolent institution, which idealism palms off as the totality of being.’
— Bertrand Russell

‘Unrest is the mark of existence.’
— Arthur Schopenhauer