“The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.”
— Rabindranath Tagore
“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
“The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”
– Neil Gaiman
“I don’t feel that it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning. If you knew when you began a book what you would say at the end, do you think you would have the courage to write it? What is true for writing and for a love relationship is true also for life. The game is worthwhile insofar as we don’t know what will be the end.”
— Michel Foucault
to overcome imposter syndrome, have confidence in your depth of curiosity rather than your expertise.
“A creative life cannot be sustained by approval any more than it can be destroyed by criticism.”
― Will Self
- (of farmland) ploughed and harrowed but left for a period without being sown in order to restore its fertility or to avoid surplus production.
Utopia has been yang. In one way or another, from Plato on, utopia has been the big yang motorcycle trip. Bright, dry, clear, strong, firm, active, aggressive, lineal, progressive, creative, expanding, advancing, and hot.
Our civilization is now so intensely yang that any imagination of bettering its injustices or eluding its self-destructiveness must involve a reversal.
To attain the constant, we must return, go round, go inward, go yinward. What would a yin utopia be? It would be dark, wet, obscure, weak, yielding, passive, participatory, circular, cyclical, peaceful, nurturant, retreating, contracting, and cold.
— Ursula K Le Guin, A Non-Euclidean View of California as a Cold Place to Be