“A writer—and, I believe, generally all persons—must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.”
— Jorge Luis Borges
“It is not the amount of knowledge that makes a brain. It is not even the distribution of knowledge. It is the interconnectedness."
— Howard Bloom
"Today, while many individuals grapple with mysery and alienation, we are faced with global problems such as poverty, overpopulation and the destruction of the environment. These are problems that we have to address together. No single community or nation can expect to solve them on its own. This indicates how small and interdependent our world has become. If we are to overcome the problems we face, we need what I have called a sense of universal responsibility rooted in love and kindness for our human brothers and sisters."
- His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, The fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet
"If I was going to repair my brain, I needed to practice doing nothing. So during my morning walk to the office, I looked up at the buildings around me, spotting architectural details I’d never noticed before. On the subway, I kept my phone in my pocket and people-watched — noticing the nattily dressed man in the yellow hat, the teens eating hot Takis and laughing, the kid with Velcro shoes. When a friend ran late for our lunch, I sat still and stared out the window instead of checking Twitter."
we are not searching for silence, we are searching for relaxation. Most people feel the need to compensate their busy, noisy city life with an occasional or more regular calm and relaxing day. So, instead of searching for quiet, we should be searching for calm.