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Shirely Hazzard on Writing

If only I could write every day. I look back to the far-off time when I did so, mostly early morning and then late in the day. I do write in my head every day–I’m tempted to say all the time. One does instinctively reserve a part of oneself as the …

Quote: Ricky Gervais on artistic freedom

It’s not about power. It’s about artistic freedom. And if it is about power, it’s a power you can give to yourself anytime you want. If you can’t be bought, you’re the richest man in the world. I just always feel if you can make something from scratch you’ll always …

Oh, Mr Pepys, well said (Quote)

Up, and all day long, but at dinner, at the Office, at work, till I was almost blind, which makes my heart sad. – http://www.pepysdiary.com/archive/1668/07/23/ Follow @deborah_b

Kitsch is

Art is demolition; kitsch is the corpse left when art loses its anger. – Robert Stoller Follow @deborah_b

Mmmm, pie.

There’s this big pie in show business, and you physically can’t eat the whole pie. If you give everybody a slice of pie, you will still have more than enough. The real trick is not to try to get the whole pie, but to keep the biggest slice. — Jay …

Where to?

If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up somewhere else. — Alfred Adler (1870-1937), Austrian psychiatrist Follow @deborah_b

Yikes, Jung.

From quotez: “The foundation of all mental illness is the unwillingness to experience legitimate suffering.” -Carl Jung Not sure I’d stretch it to ‘all’ mental illness (though, y’know, out of me & Jung, pick the famous psychologist type. So … ), but I’d pay this one. Avoidance is a mental …

Brain pretzel gumbo

More brain food for those recent discussions: “If the world was without any natural evil and suffering we wouldn’t have the opportunity, or nearly as much opportunity, to show courage, patience and sympathy.” – Richard Swinburne “When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters – one …

Now, this is interesting

“However jewel-like the good will may be in its own right, there is a morally significant difference between rescuing someone from a burning building and dropping him from a twelfth-storey window while trying to rescue him.” Thomas Nagel, Mortal Questions Follow @deborah_b

What if it is?

And in other ‘fun things you, too, can do’, today I updated my will. It was just an overdue thing — nothing at all to do with all the dying that’s featured in discussions lately. I stumbled across the half-completed will under an overdue water bill (which seemed particularly poignant …

Never understanding

But suicides have a special language. Like carpenters they want to know which tools. They never ask why build. — Anne Sexton, Wanting to Die http://www.poets.org/poems/poems.cfm?45442B7C000C07050E70 Thankfully, I want most to know ‘why build’. Thief — how did you crawl into, crawl down alone into the death I wanted so …