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    What I took away from the whole Talking Heads experience was the idea that if you know the kinds of restrictions you have to work within – budgetary restrictions, or creative restrictions or whatever – that can be great, that can even be a spur to creativity. That old idea of, ‘Oh, I don’t want anybody telling me what to do’, or ‘I want my creative freedom’ – that’s bullshit. What you need is to be told clearly what the parameters are. Because, if you allow them to do anything, most people will just waffle about.

    David Byrne
     



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    A few years ago when I was cleaning up from drugs and booze, a friend of mine said to me, ‘Allow yourself the luxury of doubt.’ I love that expression, viewing doubt as an actual luxury, not as something troubling.

    Will Self
     



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    I wish that people who are conventionally supposed to love each other would say to each other, when they fight, “Please — a little less love, and a little more common decency.”

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     



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    The big trouble with dumb bastards is that they are too dumb to believe there is such a thing as being smart.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     



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    If you can fill the unforgiving minute 
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, 
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it.

    Rudyard Kipling, IF
     



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    What is most offensive about militant atheists is their seeming lack of sympathy for desperation. They seem so… un-needy.

    Alain de botton
     



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    Trust in God, but tie up your camel.

    Mohammed
     



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    You’ve got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.

    Steven D. Woodhull
     



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    Congressman Nixon had asked me why, as the son of immigrants who had been treated so well by Americans, as a man who had been treated like a son and been sent to Harvard by an American capitalist, I had been so ungrateful to the American economic system. The answer I gave him was not original. Nothing about me has ever been original. I repeated what my one-time hero, Kenneth Whistler, had said in reply to the same general sort of question long, long ago. Whistler had been a witness at a trial of strikers accused of violence. The judge had become curious about him, had asked him why such a well-educated man from such a good family would so immerse himself in the working class. My stolen answer to Nixon was this: “Why? The Sermon on the Mount, sir.”

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     



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    Happiness is a function of fulfilment. When people are able to express their creativity, when they have meaning and purpose in life, when they have meaningful relationships and are able to make other people happy, in general they are happy then.

    Deepak Chopra
     



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    Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of withering, of tarnishing.

    Anais Nin
     



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    Louise (Bourgeois) always said that she started with an emotion, not a concept.

    Jerry Gorovoy, Bourgeois’ chief assistant of 30 years.
     



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    We are not compelled to meditate by some outside agent, by other people, or by God. Rather, just as we are responsible for our own suffering, so are we solely responsible for our own cure. We have created the situation in which we find ourselves, and it is up to us to create the circumstances for our release.

    Lama Yeshe
     



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    Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

    Theodore Roosevelt
     



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    Where is home? I’ve wondered where home is, and I realized, it’s not Mars or someplace like that, it’s Indianapolis when I was nine years old. I had a brother and a sister, a cat and a dog, and a mother and a father and uncles and aunts. And there’s no way I can get there again.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     






               

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