Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
— Anton Chekhov
The necessary thing is after all but this; solitude, great inner solitude. Going into oneself for hours meeting no one - this one must be able to attain.
— Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
I believe we are a species with amnesia, I think we have forgotten our roots and our origins. I think we are quite lost in many ways. And we live in a society that invests huge amounts of money and vast quantities of energy in ensuring that we all stay lost. A society that invests in creating unconsciousness, which invests in keeping people asleep so that we are just passive consumers or products and not really asking any of the questions.
— Graham Hancock
You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.
Tony Kushner, every day, I have to live without the immeasurable wealth of your language, which reminds me, every day, of the impoverishment of my own.
— Daniel Day Lewis at the Golden Globes
I suspect that the most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give to each other is our attention.
I have no mercy or compassion in me for a society that will crush people, and then penalize them for not being able to stand up under the weight.
— Malcolm X
Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.
— François de La Rochefoucauld