Anton Chekhov On Freedom

   Anton Chekhov   (January 29, 1860 – July 15, 1904) 

Anton Chekhov (January 29, 1860 – July 15, 1904) 

My holy of holies is the human body, health, intelligence, talent, inspiration, love and the most absolute freedom imaginable, freedom from violence and lies, no matter what form the latter two take.

Note: I believe as citizens we have a right to the truth. It is unfortunate the current President of the U.S. does not hold to that acknowledgment for himself nor its citizens.

Adrienne Rich On Art

   Adrienne Rich   (May 16, 1929 – March 27, 2012) 

Adrienne Rich (May 16, 1929 – March 27, 2012) 

Art is our human birthright, our most powerful means of access to our own and another's experience and imaginative life. In continually rediscovering and recovering the humanity of human beings, art is crucial to the democratic vision. And, for more than 50 years I have been writing, tearing up, revising poems, studying poets from every culture and century available to me. I have been a poet of the oppositional imagination, meaning that I don't think my only argument is with myself. My work is for people who want to imagine and claim wider horizons and carry on about them into the night.

Maria Papova On Memory

   Maria Papova   (July 28, 1984 -) 

Maria Papova (July 28, 1984 -) 

Oftentimes during meditation, I am visited by flash-memories dislodged from some dusty recess of my unconscious — vignettes and glimpses of people, places, and events from long ago and far away, belonging to what feels like another lifetime. They are entirely banal — the curb of a childhood sidewalk, mid-afternoon light falling on a familiar building in a familiar way, the smell of a leather armchair on a hot summer day — but in their banality they intimate the existence of the former self who inhabited those moments, a self that seems so foreign and so remote, yet one to which I am forever fettered by this half-conscious memory.

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī On Solitude

   Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī   (September 30, 1207 – December 17, 1273)

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (September 30, 1207 – December 17, 1273)

What I want most is to spring out of this personality, then to sit apart from that leaping. I've lived too long where I can be reached...Look for someone else to mend the shop. I'm out of the image-making business. Only love. Only the holder the flag sits into, and wind. No flag.

Stephen Hawking On The Universe

   Stephen William Hawking   (January 08, 1942 – March 14, 2018)

Stephen William Hawking (January 08, 1942 – March 14, 2018)

Our picture of the universe has changed a great deal in the past 40 years and I'm happy if I've made a small contribution… The fact that we humans – who are ourselves mere collections of fundamental particles of nature – have been able to come this close to an understanding of the laws governing us and our universe is a great triumph.

🌹Stephen William Hawking (January 08, 1942 – March 14, 2018) In Memoriam🌹

Oliver Sacks On Sudden Insight

   Oliver Sacks   (July 09, 1933 - August 30, 2015)

Oliver Sacks (July 09, 1933 - August 30, 2015)

To be full of strength and vigor one moment and virtually helpless the next, in the pink and pride of health one moment and a cripple the next, with all one’s powers and faculties one moment and without them the next – such a change, such suddenness, is difficult to comprehend, and the mind casts about for explanations.

Note: I, too, am in such a quandary as I seach for an explanation, knowing and completely aware there might not be one. Tao.

Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi) On Individuals

Dedicated to the women around the world who have fought and sacrificed for the acceptance and equality of all life.


International Day Of Women 💐

Society is made up of individuals. The thoughts and actions of each individual influence the culture of that society.  Instead of waiting for others to improve, we should try to improve ourselves.  Once our attitude has changed, we will be able to perceive goodness throughout the world.  If there is a positive change in us, it will also be reflected in others.  It is only what we give that we can hope to get back.

Buddha On Love

   Buddha   (c. 563 BCE/480 BCE – c. 483 BCE/400 BCE)

Buddha (c. 563 BCE/480 BCE – c. 483 BCE/400 BCE)

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.