A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.

- André Gide, Autumn Leaves (1950)

This is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.

- Joseph Campbell

Nei gi meg en due,
som kurrer mot maken sin,
som åpner sitt hjerte
med ømhet og nakent sinn.

- Odd Børretzen, Måkene

I need more than sex to nourish my equilibrium.
But I do need sex.
I also need sun, trees, stars, creativity and love.
But you saturate my sould with too much of one.
And not enough of the other.
Therefore I cry.
But why do we cry.
Because tears cleanse the windows of our minds.

- Roy Ayers, I Am Your Mind (Part 2)

In the modern world there is hardly any leisure, not because men work harder than they did, but because their pleasures have become as strenuous as their work. The result of that, while cleverness has increased, wisdom has decreased because no one has time for the slow thoughts out of which wisdom, drop by drop, is distilled.

- Bertrand Russell, In Praise of Idleness

It’s very important to be just to other people. It takes years and years of living to learn that injustce against oneself is always unimportant.

- Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings