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    Q. Do your children [Connor, 15, Cassius, 10, and Cyrus, five] like your work? A. Yeah, they love it. I’ve always tried to build in a “wow” factor, because when I was growing up I remember being blown away by the natural history museum in Leeds. There were these stuffed Bengal tigers and tanks with fish in them, and I wanted to make art like that. Art is childish and childlike. Brancusi said: “When we are no longer children we are already dead.”

    Damien Hirst
     



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    His peculiar gift was the power of holding continuously in his mind a purely mental problem until he had seen it through.

    John Maynard Keynes, on Isaac Newton
     



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    Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — “God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     



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    The best lovers do not have the best bodies. They are not the best-looking, and they do not have the largest respective body parts. What they do have is the best attitude: they are completely enthusiastic.

    Lou Paget
     



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    You will turn over many a futile new leaf till you learn we must all write on scratched-out pages.

    Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960
     



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    Trust in God, but tie up your camel.

    Mohammed
     



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    The secret of a long-term relationship? Allowing your partner to be who they are.

    Deepak Chopra
     



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    We all only live once. So we are obligated to make good use of the time that we have, and to do something that is meaningful and satisfying. This is something that I find meaningful and satisfying. That is my temperament. I enjoy creating systems on a grand scale, and I enjoy helping people who are vulnerable. And I enjoy crushing bastards. So it is enjoyable work.

    Julian Assange, Wikileaks
     



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    As the proverb goes… “To find your way in the fog, follow the tracks of the oxcart ahead.” We have plenty of reasonable paths to follow.

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    Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.

    William Faulkner
     



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    I couldn’t survive my own pessimism if I didn’t have some kind of sunny little dream. … Human beings will be happier — not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie — but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That’s my utopia. That’s what I want for me.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
     



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    I have never really seen too much difference between writing or making visual art or designing furniture or clothing. It’s still my brain – I’m just using different parts of it for different things.

    Douglas Coupland
     



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    A lake is something limited. Water is inexhaustible. A lake can contain only a definite amount of the infinite quantity of water; this is its peculiarity. In human life too the individual achieves significance through discrimination and the setting of limits. Therefore what concerns us here is the problem of clearly defining these discriminations, which are, so to speak, the backbone of morality. Unlimited possibilities are not suited to man; if they existed, his life would only dissolve in the boundless. To become strong, a man’s life needs the limitations ordained by duty and voluntarily accepted. The individual attains significance as a free spirit only by surrounding himself with these limitations and by determining for himself what his duty is. ~ The I Ching
     



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    Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out

    Robert Collier
     



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    Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.

    Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ, c.1420
     






               

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