Most people have forgotten nowadays what a house can mean, though some of us have come to realize it as never before. It is a kingdom of its own in the midst of the world, a stronghold amid life’s storms and stresses, a refuge, even a sanctuary.

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune

- Shakespeare, Julius Caesar (Act-IV, Scene-III)

I think it is best to face as a challenge…getting through the next twenty-four hours as brilliantly, as truthfully, as clearly, and as kindly as you possibly can. This is how goals are met; friends are made and retained; sanity is kept…your work matures; and you are seen in the clearest, truest light. The acceptance of genius comes in the long-term, but the work that might be labeled as such is done in tiny, deliberate steps…in the next twenty-four hours.

- Martha Graham

In my case, I have tried to live outside of the fashionable trends. This has got me into trouble all the time. I make my own observations, and […] I create my own world view out of the knowledge that I derive from the world itself. When you travel on foot, for example—and I don’t mean backpacking or hiking, I mean, for example, travelling on foot from Munich to Paris—you are given a world view, an insight that is different or outside of the average knowledge. I have a dictum: ‘The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot.’ I do not want to explain it any further.

- Werner Herzog, The New Yorker, April 26, 2022

The mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience. A process that cannot be understood by stopping it. We must move with the flow of the process. We must join it. We must flow with it.

- Frank Herbert, Dune (2021)

Ancestors, I ask you for your guidance. Blessed mother, come to me with the Gods’ desire for my future. Blessed father, watch over my wife and son with a ready sword. Whisper to them that I live only to hold them again, for all else is dust and air. Ancestors, I honor you and will try to live with the dignity that you have taught me.

- Maximus Decimus Meridius, Gladiator (2000)

Oh, Pretty Boy, Can’t You Show Me Nothing but Surrender

- Patti Smith, Land (song)

I have lived through war, and lost much. I know what’s worth the fight, and what is not. Honor and courage are matters of the bone, and what a man will kill for, he will sometimes die for, too. And that, O kinsman, is why a woman has broad hips; that bony basin will harbor a man and his child alike. A man’s life springs from his woman’s bones, and in her blood is his honor christened. For the sake of love alone, I would walk through fire again.

- Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross

If you start at the top of the ladder, there’s only one way to go.

- Christopher Lee, Very good advice by Christopher Lee - not only for actors

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

A man living alone is a king of sorts.

Unfortunately his kingdom is small with very few comforts.s

- Morgan Freeman, A Feast of Love (2007)