Joan Miró On Creativity

Joan Miró (April 20, 1893 – December 25, 1983) The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later…For me an object is something living. This cigarette or this box of matches contains a secret life much more intense than that of certain human beings.

George Orwell On Fascism

George Orwell (June 25, 1903 – January 21, 1950) If you pretend that it is merely an aberration which will presently pass off of its own accord, you are dreaming a dream from which you will awake when somebody coshes you with a rubber truncheon.

E E Cummings On Being Yourself

e.e. cummings (October 14, 1894 – September 3, 1962) To be “nobody but yourself” — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. 

Robert Penn Warren On The Self

Robert Penn Warren (April 24, 1905–September 15, 1989) The self is a style of being, continually expanding in a vital process of definition, affirmation, revision, and growth, a process that is the image, we may say, of the life process of a healthy society itself.

John Kerry On Free Speech

John Kerry  (December 11, 1943 -) Democracy relies on free speech. Yes, say anything you want, but it relies even more on the speech being truthful. It is the truth after all that sets us free. And the truth is — no, this is not a normal time.

C S Lewis On Friendship

C S Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself… it has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.

Aldous Huxley On Nothing But

Aldous Huxley (July 26, 1894 – November 22, 1963) Materialism and mentalism — the philosophies of “nothing but.” How wearily familiar we have become with that “nothing but space, time, matter and motion,” that “nothing but sex,” that “nothing but economics”! And the no less intolerant “nothing but spirit,” “nothing but consciousness,” “nothing but psychology” …