Philip Milton Roth On Writing

Philip Milton Roth (March 19, 1933 – May 22, 2018) Writing turns you into somebody who’s always wrong. The illusion that you may get it right someday is the perversity that draws you on. What else could? As pathological phenomena go, it doesn’t completely wreck your life.

Homer Simpson On Life

Homer Simpson Three sentences will get you through life. Number one, ‘Cover for me.’ Number two, ‘Oh, good idea, Boss.’ Number three, ‘It was like that when I got here.'

Adyashanti On Yes To Life

Adyashanti (October 26, 1962 -) It takes a fierce and robust heart to say yes to life, to embrace the entirety of life on its terms, not on our imagined or idealized terms. This requires a connectedness to our spiritual essence, to who we really are.

Jane Hirshfield On Poetry

Jane Hirshfield (February 24, 1953 -) I don't think poetry is based just on poetry; it is based on a thoroughly lived life. And so I couldn't just decide I was going to write no matter what; I first had to find out what it means to live.

Timothy Snyder On Truth

Timothy Snyder (August 18, 1969 -) Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism…Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience… You submit to tyranny when you renounce the difference between what you want to hear and what is actually the case… Accepting Post-truth is pre-fascism, …

Teju Cole On Blackface

Teju Cole (June 27, 1975 -) A photograph captures the thinnest sliver of time. Any photograph of a man in blackface—or any racist image—implies that “there’s a lot more where that came from.”

Edward R Murrow On Truth

Edward R. Murrow (April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965) Two of the staples of his diet are the investigation, protected by immunity, and the half-truth. (Speaking of Senator Joseph McCarthy in 1954 and applying to Donald Trump in 2019)

Gaston Bachelard On Life

Gaston Bachelard (June 27, 1884 – October 16, 1962) If our heart were large enough to love life in all its detail, we would see that every instant is at once a giver and a plunderer. Note: See more of Gaston Bachelard here.

Anne Lamott On Life

Anne Lamot (April 10, 1954 -) Even with the Internet, deciphering the genetic code, and great advances in immunotherapy, life is frequently confusing at best, and guaranteed to be hard and weird and sad at times… We witness and try to alleviate others’ suffering, but sometimes it just outdoes itself and we are left gasping, …