Category: Quotable Notables

Inspiration Machine: The Rock Pile


Style Visionary: Bjork

I think it’s not just important to have an active imagination, but a unique one. Far too often, you find those with remarkable creativity vetting it through cliche, established outlets. And that bothers me. To me, that feels like laziness on the part of one’s imagination. Why play in the box, when you could create a shape that doesn’t even exist yet? Creation isn’t about coloring within the lines.”

That’s one of the things I respect most about Bjork Guðmundsdóttir — throughout her entire career, she has been creating a new landscape to work in, rather than settling for the prescribed singer-songwriter course. Whether it is creating an album with only voice-instruments, or starring in a movie-musical, or making 3-D short films about mythical buffalo-creatures, you know that Bjork has no concept of the box. She threw it away along with any and all instructions ages ago, and the results have been wonderful.

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“Memories from a wild Nature Soul!” by Denis Collette…!!!

“…one could never make out what precisely was there, but there were always enchantingly beautiful, enticing, brief vague glints of drowned golden treasure in the wet black ground. All true mysteries, it seemed to him, were just like this mysterious water; all true images of the soul were like this; they had no precise contour or shape: they only could be guessed at, a beautiful distant possibility that was veiled in many meanings. Just as something inexpressibly golden or silvery blinked for a quivering instant in the twilight of the green river depths, an illusion that contained, nevertheless, the most blissful promise, so the fleeting profile of a person, seen half from the back, could sometimes promise something so infinitely beautiful, something unbearably sad…And one’s nightly dreams were woven of the same unreal, magic stuff, a nothing that contained all the images in the world, an ocean in whose crystal the forms of all human beings, animals, angels, and demons lived as ever ready possibilities.”


“Imaginary postcard from the impossible library” by magic fly paula

“Every one of us is losing something precious to us,” he says after the phone stops ringing. “Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads – at least that’s where I imagine it – there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep making new reference cards. We have to dust things off once in a while, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.”

- “Kafka on the Shore” Haruki Murakami


Words of Wisdom: Micheal Jackson

“In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.”

“The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation.”

“The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work.”

“’Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons. The truth will win this marathon in court.’”

“And my goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance.”

“Just because it’s in print doesn’t mean it’s the gospel.”

“I don’t like pop music.”

“I’ll always be Peter Pan in my heart.”

“Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation.”

“You can always dream, and your dreams will come true, but you have to make them come true.”

“If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.”


Rumi & The Mirror

“Mirrored” by carakatze

Let go of your worries

and be completely clear-hearted,

like the face of a mirror

that contains no images.

If you want a clear mirror,

behold yourself

and see the shameless truth,

which the mirror reflects.

If metal can be polished

to a mirror-like finish,

what polishing might the mirror

of the heart require?

Between the mirror and the heart

is this single difference:

the heart conceals secrets,

while the mirror does not.

- Rumi, The Divani Shamsi Tabriz, XIII


Words of Wisdom: Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood is as much an icon as she is a fashion designer. Coming up from modest beginnings, this self-taught seamstress has become one of the most recognized fashion designers of all time. Her punk influenced designs have successfully ridden the curves thrown by generational subculture with the grace of a swan, the fortitude of a royal tank.

Her words speak of a vibrant past, and a eccentric, anarchistic approach to creativity…

“There’s always a polemic in my clothes.”

“I think it is terribly important to have opinions, and to think. We live in a world of action without thought.”

“For me Margaret Thatcher has always been one of the world’s best-dressed people. Her politics were appalling, but her look gave her incredible presence.”

“We wanted to step off our island and add the color of the third world. We got gold cigarette paper and stuck it around our teeth. We really did look like pirates and dressed to look the part.”

“We lived in a tiny 4-wheel box-like thing made of wood that attached to the car. We parked it at the beach so my children could benefit from the sea air. Eventually, I went back to teaching – but it was mostly on and off.”

“The muscular, athletic type is not representative of the human race, who are varied in their physique.”

“It is not possible for a man to be elegant without a touch of femininity.”

“I was still interested in the youth rebellion but never-the-less I stopped being a victim. Stopped trying to attack the establishment realizing that it takes too much of your energy.”

“I think some people would love to be able to make the clothes I make – and of course, I do influence them, but they keep simplifying, and minimalism doesn’t quite work.”

“I think dress, hairstyle and make-up are the crucial factors in projecting an attractive persona and give one the chance to enhance one’s best physical features.”

“I am attracted to people who make this effort in knowing what suits them – they are individual and stylish.”

“Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.”

“Even though it was the 70s, we found old stocks of clothes that had never been worn from the 50s and took them apart. I started to teach myself how to make clothes from that kind of formula.”

“…since I always had my own little shop and direct access to the public, I’ve been able to build up a technique without marketing people ever telling me what the public wants.”

“I’m not trying to do something different, I’m trying to do the same thing but in a different way.”


Words of Wisdom: Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt was the First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945. In that time she carved out the position we consider today that of the First Lady, as a diplomat to public service and social reform. Not satisfied to hide in the shadow of her husband the president, Eleanor was an active political force in her own right, an intelligent, eloquent female who worked ferociously for those that could not speak out for themselves. To this day she is considered the measuring rod that all first ladies are held up to, and she continues to be an inspiration and aspiration for active females the world over.

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness. ”

“A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.”

“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.”

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”

“Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.”

“Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.”

“I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on.”

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

“If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault.”

“My experience has been that work is almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.”

“It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.”

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”

“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”

“One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else.”

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.”

“Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.”

“Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.”

“You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.”

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”

“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”

“What is to give light must endure the burning.”


Words of Wisdom: Leonardo da Vinci

Scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer: Leonardo da Vinci was the original Renaissance Man. For someone like me, with interests and passions that vacillate between several fields, I often feel like I am creatively being pulled in too many directions at once. In this way, Leonardo da Vinci is a testament to an eclectic mind, the ultimate ADD Superman. He reminds me that not only can one gain a knowledge of varying spheres of knwledge, one can become a master at many, if not all.

“He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.“

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.“

“Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.“

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.“

“Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.“

“Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.“

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.“

“Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses.“

“Experience does not err. Only your judgments err by expecting from her what is not in her power.“

“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.“

“He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.“

“Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.“

“In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.“

“Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation… even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.“

“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.“

“There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see.“

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.“

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.“


Words of Wisdom: Cary Grant

Suave, debonair, handsome: Cary Grant was the sex symbol of a generation. In life, Cary Grant often discussed the difficulty of living up to the image he portrayed; how the character of “Cary Grant” was beyond the attainable ideals of anyone, least of all himself.

He was a funny, talented, intelligent gentleman, and his witticisms still don’t fail to put a smile on the face, and that old Hollywood twinkle in the eye.

“I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became that person. Or he became me.“

“Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.”

“My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.”

“…and there I suddenly found my articulate self in a dazzling land of smiling, jostling people wearing and not wearing all sorts of costumes and doing all sorts of clever things. And that’s when I knew! What other life could there be but that of an actor?”

“I think that making love is the best form of exercise”

“When people tell you how young you look, they are telling you how old you are”

“I improve on misquotation.”

“Everyone wants to be.”

“Do your job and demand your compensation – but in that order.”

“Why don’t you invent some hot diamonds?”

“I think most of us become actors because we want affection, love and applause.“

“There’s no point in being unhappy about growing older. Just think of the millions who have been denied the privilege.“

“I have spent the greater part of my life fluctuating between Archie Leach and Cary Grant, unsure of each, suspecting each.“

“I’ve often been accused by critics of being myself on-screen. But being oneself is more difficult than you’d suppose.“

“It’s important to know where you’ve come from so that you can know where you`re going.“

“It takes 500 small details to add up to one favorable impression.“

“Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.”

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