Hans Cloos On The Past

Hans Cloos (November 8, 1885 – September 26, 1951) We translate the earth’s language into our own, and enrich the already bright and colorful surface of the present with the knowledge of the inexhaustible abundance of the past.

Lucinda Williams On Understanding

Lucinda Williams (January 26, 1953 -) Above all, the listener should be able to understand the poem or the song, not be forced to unravel a complicated, self-indulgent puzzle. Offer your art up to the whole world, not just an elite few.

Albert Einstein On Great Spirits

Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955) Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.  The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.

Spike Lee On Patriotism

Shelton Jackson “Spike” Lee March 20, 1957 -) We (Black Americans) have always believed in the promise of what this country could be; we’re very patriotic. But I think that patriotism is when you speak truth to power. It’s patriotic to speak out about the injustices in this country. That is being an American patriot.

Adyashanti On Death

Adyashanti (October 26, 1962 -) Death is nothing more than a change of form. But only someone who really knows who they are knows that. And only someone who knows that can actually live life.

Adlai Stevenson On Leadership

Adlai Ewing Ferd Stevenson II (February 5, 1900 – July 14, 1965) What counts now is not just what we are against, but what we are for. Who leads us is less important than what leads us — what convictions, what courage, what faith — win or lose.

May Swenson On Poetry

May Swenson (May 28, 1913 – December 04, 1989) The best poetry has its roots in the subconscious to a great degree. Youth, naivety, reliance on instinct more than learning and method, a sense of freedom and play, even trust in randomness, is necessary to the making of a poem.  

Winston Churchill On The Independent Person

Winston Churchill (November 30, 1874 – January 24, 1965) The world feels not without a certain apprehension, that here is some one outside its jurisdiction; someone before whom its allurements may be spread in vain; some one strangely enfranchised, untamed, untrammeled by convention, moving independent of the ordinary currents of human action. 

Rachel Carson On Mankind

Rachel Carson (May 27, 1907–April 14, 1964) Mankind is challenged, as it has never been challenged before, to prove its maturity and its mastery — not of nature, but of itself. Therein lies our hope and our destiny.