popular quotes ablout life and success

Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.”
— James Joyce

“Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.”
― Chuck Klosterman

“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ”
― Pablo Picasso

“Art is anything you can get away with.”
― Marshall McLuhan

“I don’t believe in art. I believe in artists.”
― Marcel Duchamp

Quotes Abou Writing & Language
“I’d tell you all you want and more, if the sounds I made could be what you hear.”
― David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace

“If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it’s to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.”
― Jim Morrison

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”
― Ernest Hemingway

“Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private.”
― Allen Ginsberg

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.”
― Franz Kafka

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly ― they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
― Aldous Huxley
“Poetry is what gets lost in translation.”
― Robert Frost

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
― Jorge Luis Borges

“What I really wanted was every kind of life, and the writer’s life seemed the most inclusive.”
― Susan Sontag

“Words are never ‘only words’; they matter because they define the contours of what we can do.”
― Slavoj Žižek

Quotes About Reading & Education
Susan_Sontag“Read a lot. Expect something big, something exalting or deepening from a book. No book is worth reading that isn’t worth re-reading.”
― Susan Sontag

“Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.”
― Richard P. Feynman

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
― Oscar Wilde

“… we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.”
— Ezra Pound

Quotes About Truth & Wisdom
“Nobody is smarter than you are. And what if they are? What good is their understanding doing you?”
― Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna

“I must find a truth that is true for me.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.”
― Hermann Hesse

“The wisest of all, in my opinion, is he who can, if only once a month, call himself a fool — a faculty unheard of nowadays.”
— Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Truth, she thought. As terrible as death. But harder to find.”
― Philip K. Dick

“I don’t believe anything, but I have many suspicions.”
― Robert Anton Wilson

“The struggle between ‘for’ and ‘against’ is the mind’s worst disease.”
— Sent ts’an, c. 700 C. E.

“The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.”
― Yasutani Roshi

Quotes About Music & Silence
“I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”
― Rumi

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”
― Victor Hugo

“The only truth is music.”
— Jack Kerouac

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.”
― William S. Burroughs

“When you are Angry, Be Silent.”
— Bukhari

Quotes About Suffering
Alan_Watts“Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.”
― Alan W. Watts

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
― Kahlil Gibran

“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”
― Ernest Hemingway

Quotes About Dreams & Possibility
“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh

Thích Nhất Hạnh

“I love those who yearn for the impossible.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility!”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“I dream. Sometimes I think that’s the only right thing to do.”
― Haruki Murakami

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
― Langston Hughes

Quotes About Change
“You could not step twice into the same river.”
― Heraclitus


“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality.”
― Lao Tzu

“Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
― Alan W. Watts

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”
― Lao Tzu

“Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.”
― Margaret Mitchell

Quotes About Zen & Taoism

“Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.”
― Chuang Tzu

“You can feel an emotion; just don’t think that it’s so important.”
— John Cage

“No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.”
― Zen Proverb

“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes and grass grows by itself.”
― Zenrin Kushû

“The instant you speak about a thing, you miss the mark.”
― Zen Proverb

“You must let what happens happen. Everything must be equal in your eyes, good and evil, beautiful and ugly, foolish and wise.”
― Michael Ende

“Worry is preposterous; we don’t know enough to worry.”
— Wei Boyang

“If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.”
― Zen Proverb

Quotes About Mystery

“The longer I live, the more uninformed I feel. Only the young have an explanation for everything.”
― Isabel Allende

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