favorite quotes

An artist is always alone--if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.

-- Henry Miller

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We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.

-- Orson Welles

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Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.

-- Rumi

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Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.

-- Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

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It occurs to me that the only way you can have a positive effect on people's lives through your work is by filling the loneliness -- letting people know they're not in this thing alone.

-- Gerald McRaney

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Say what you are. Not what you would like to be. Not what you have to be. Just say what you are. And what you are is good enough.

-- John Cassavetes

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Do the thing you fear most and death of fear is certain.

-- Mark Twain

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What makes night within us may leave stars.

-- Victor Hugo

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The moment you feel you have to prove your worth to someone is the moment to absolutely and utterly walk away.

-- Alysia Harris

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Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced. 

-- Leo Tolstoy

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Wer mich nicht liebt, darf mich nicht beurteilen.

-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Moralische Entrüstung ist der Heiligenschein der Scheinheiligen.

-- Helmut Qualtinger

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The only people I would care to be with now are artists and people who have suffered: those who know what beauty is, and those who know what sorrow is: nobody else interests me.

-- Oscar Wilde

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But luxury has never appealed to me, I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands.

-- Daphne du Maurier

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And what’s the use of talking, if you already know that others don’t feel what you feel?

-- Louise Bourgeois

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To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence.

-- Louise Bourgeois

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I was quiet, but I was not blind.

-- Jane Austen

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The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.

-- L.P. Hartley - The Go-Between

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Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.

-- Sir Peter Ustinov

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Everyone has not only a story, but a scream.

-- Rachel Roberts