Saul Bellow On Art

Saul Bellow (June 10, 1915 – April 05, 2005) Only art penetrates … the seeming realities of this world. There is another reality, the genuine one, which we lose sight of. This other reality is always sending us hints, which without art, we can’t receive.

Countess Constance Markievicz On Equality

Countess Constance Markievicz (February 04, 1868 – July 15, 1927) I would work for it anywhere, as one of the crying wrongs of the world, that women, because of their sex, should be debarred from any position or any right that their brains entitle them a right to hold.

DH Lawrence On Design In Art

DH Lawrence (September 11, 1885 – March 02, 1930) Design in art, is a recognition of the relation between various things, various elements in the creative flux. You can't invent a design. You recognize it, in the fourth dimension. That is, with your blood and your bones, as well as with your eyes.

Denise Levertov On Writing

Denise Levertov (October 24, 1923 - December 20, 1997) Strength of feeling, reverence for mystery, and clarity of intellect must be kept in balance with one another. Neither the passive nor the active must dominate, they must work in conjunction, as in a marriage.

Viktor Frankl On Humor

Viktor Frankl (March 26, 1905–September 2, 1997) Humor was another of the soul’s weapons in the fight for self-preservation. It is well known that humor, more than anything else in the human make-up, can afford an aloofness and an ability to rise above any situation, even if only for a few seconds.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov On Marriage

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (January 29, 1860 – July 15, 1904) Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress. When I get fed up with one, I spend the night with the other. Though it is irregular, it is less boring this way, and besides, neither of them loses anything through my infidelity.

Niall Williams On Happiness

Niall Williams We’ve lost our ability to take comfort in small things. When I want a holiday, I go over the road as far as the meadow. I go in there, take off my jacket, and lay down on it. I watch the world turning for a bit, with me still in it. That’s happiness.

Rebecca Solnit On Hope

Rebecca Solnit (June 24, 1961 -) Hope is a gift you don’t have to surrender, a power you don’t have to throw away. And though hope can be an act of defiance, defiance isn’t enough reason to hope. But there are good reasons.

Marcelo Gleiser On Listening

Marcelo Gleiser (March 19, 1959 -) We are a story, each of us. And a story with no listener is the same as silence, as oblivion. Some stories are harder to listen to, or can't be listened to in ordinary ways, and so, take a very special kind of listener. (Speaking of Oliver Sacks)