Favorite quotes

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better.”
Anne Lamott

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
– E.E. Cummings

“Keep two pieces of paper in your pockets at all times.
One that says ‘I am a speck of dust.’
And the other, ‘The world was created for me.'”
– Rabbi Bunim of P’shiskha

“One must avoid ambition in order to write. Otherwise something else is the goal: some kind of power beyond the power of language. And the power of language, it seems to me, is the only kind of power a writer is entitled to.”
– Cynthia Ozick (from AdviceToWriters)

“The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.”
– Christopher Morley (from AdviceToWriters)

“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”
– Salman Rushdie (from AdviceToWriters)

“I have tried caution and forethought;
from now on I will make myself mad.”
– Jalaluddin Rumi

“You may not be saying something that multitudes before you haven’t said, but the way you say it, the particular spin you put on it, colored and tempered by your own unique life experience, allows some to hear it for the first time. And that’s the only justification I have ever found for climbing out on that precarious swaying limb that writing requires of us.”
Write From the Heart, Hal Zina Bennett

“To be ourselves causes us to be exiled by many others, and yet to comply with what others want causes us to be exiled from ourselves.”
– Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem. If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge.”
– Fritz Perls

“No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

“It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot, irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.”
– Jacob Bronowski

“Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others.”
– Pema Chodron, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

“We don’t lack self-discipline, we lack presence.”
– Cheri Huber, Making a Change for Good

“Poetry has an interesting function. It helps people be where they are.”
– Gary Snyder

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