Pablo Picasso On Art

Pablo Picasso (October 25, 1881 - April 08, 1973) A painting is not thought out and settled in advance. While it is being done, it changes as one's thoughts change. And when it's finished, it goes on changing, according to the state of mind of whoever is looking at it.

Robert M Pirsig On Buddha

Robert M Pirsig (September 6, 1928 – April 24, 2017) The Buddha, the Godhead, resides quite as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of a mountain or in the petals of a flower.

Mariam Makebe On Racism

Miriam Makeba (March 04,  1932 – November 09, 2008) I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit.

Milan Kundera On Life

Milan Kundera (April 01, 1929 -) We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.

David H. Souter On Parody

Justice David H. Souter (September 17, 1939 -) Like less ostensibly humorous forms of criticism, [parody] can provide social benefit by shedding light on an earlier work and, in the process, creating a new one.

Robert Grudin On Courage

Robert Grudin (1938 -) To be attentive to new messages, to shift them for validity and mercilessly reject the invalid, and to follow good ideas in spite of their forbidding strangeness all take a kind of courage. And this courage, once internalized, is often projected into the innovator’s relations with the world at large.

Dwight D. Eisenhower On The Military Industrial Complex

President Dwight D. Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination …

Susan Faludi On Feminism

Susan Faludi (April 18, 1959 -) I don't see how you can be a feminist and not think about men. In order for women to live freely, men have to live freely, too. Being a feminist opens your eyes to the ways men, like women, are imprisoned in cultural stereotypes.

Elizabeth Alexander On Art

Elizabeth Alexander (May 30, 1962 -) Art replaces the light that is lost when the day fades, the moment passes, the evanescent extraordinary makes its quicksilver. Art tries to capture that which we know leaves us, as we move in and out of each other’s lives, as we all must eventually leave this earth.

Jami Attenberg On Love

Jami Attenberg (1971 -) For me, the best way to get to know a city is the same as with a human being: learn both the flaws and the charms. I cannot fully love something until I know both.

John Muir On Travel

John Muir (April 21, 1838 – December 24, 1914) I wandered away on a glorious botanical and geological excursion, which has lasted nearly 50 years and is not yet completed, always happy and free, poor and rich, without thought of a diploma or of making a name.

Josef Pieper On Music

Josef Pieper (May 4, 1904–November 6, 1997) Music opens a path into the realm of silence. Music reveals the human soul in stark “nakedness,” as it were, without the customary linguistic draperies.

Virginia Esther Hamilton On Want

Virginia Esther Hamilton (March 12, 1936 – February 19, 2002) There are three things I can remember always wanting: to go to New York, to go to Spain, and to be a writer. It feels nice to have done all three. I haven’t had to want anything for some time.