Stop cursing the darkness and light a candle.
-I dunno I heard Rick Santorum say it on The Colbert Report but maybe he got the idea from Ben Franklin (via myownholybook)
I would not have thought something Rick Santorum would make it into my holy book.
"Three things are in your head: First, everything you have experienced from the day of your birth until right now. Every single second, every single hour, every single day. Then, how you reacted to those events in the minute of their happening, whether they were disastrous or joyful. Those are two things you have in your mind to give you material. Then, separate from the living experiences are all the art experiences you’ve had, the things you’ve learned from other writers, artists, poets, film directors, and composers. So all of this is in your mind as a fabulous mulch and you have to bring it out. How do you do that? I did it by making lists of nouns and then asking, What does each noun mean? You can go and make up your own list right now and it would be different than mine. The night. The crickets. The train whistle. The basement. The attic. The tennis shoes. The fireworks. All these things are very personal. Then, when you get the list down, you begin to word-associate around it. You ask, Why did I put this word down? What does it mean to me? Why did I put this noun down and not some other word? Do this and you’re on your way to being a good writer. You can’t write for other people. You can’t write for the left or the right, this religion or that religion, or this belief or that belief. You have to write the way you see things. I tell people, Make a list of ten things you hate and tear them down in a short story or poem. Make a list of ten things you love and celebrate them. When I wrote Fahrenheit 451 I hated book burners and I loved libraries. So there you are.
These lists were the provocations, finally, that caused my better stuff to surface. I was feeling my way toward something honest, hidden under the trapdoor on the top of my skull.
The lists ran something like this:
THE LAKE. THE NIGHT. THE CRICKETS. THE RAVINE. THE ATTIC. THE BASEMENT. THE TRAPDOOR. THE BABY. THE CROWD. THE NIGHT TRAIN. THE FOG HORN. THE SCYTHE. THE CARNIVAL. THE CAROUSEL. THE DWARF. THE MIRROR MAZE. THE SKELETON.”
— Ray Bradbury on List Making
This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.
Walt Whitman (via takemetomountains)
Yes I will try to do these things.
Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.
— Rainer Maria Rilke (via wethinkwedream)
(Source: stxxz, via myownholybook)
Don’t get too close to anybody: their achievements and good fortune might hurt you.
John Tottenham (via nevver)
Appropriate to today’s thoughts.
September 7, 2013 at 12:10am
Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
— John Singer Sargent
To sit for one’s portrait is like being present at one’s own creation.
— Alexander Smith
I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.
— Salvador Dali
“Life is mostly froth and bubble;
two things stand like stone.
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in one’s own.”
On Virtues: Quotations and Insight to Live a Full, Honorable, and Truly American Life by Sheldon Whitehouse
Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.
— Mark Twain (via myownholybook)
I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point “If this isn’t nice I don’t know what is.
Man, Kurt Vonnegut just seems like my kinda people.
June 25, 2013 at 1:13pm
jaden-north asked: do you have any other blogs?
Do I ever!
- The Pastoralist — a personal blog about living small and unconventionally.
- My Own Holy Book — a blog premised on words written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, wherein he entreats us to “Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.”
- The Massivist, which isn’t really a blog for public consumption, just another place I stash project notes and fodder. Specifically fodder I’m too lazy to put on my Pinterest or which might get yanked from Pinterest for having boobs.
- And some other secret ones. And also Twitter.
If you like what I write and curate, you may also be interested in these projects:
- We Are Only Children, my monthly mailing of zines and art.
- A new project launching soon (fall?) which is most like The Pastoralist, but bigger. Grander. Better. Stay tuned for information on that.
The way to beat discrimination in art is by art. Excellence has no sex.
— Eva Hesse (via hchamp)
100% of customers are people.
100% of employees are people.
If you don’t understand people,
you don’t understand business.
— Simon Sinek, via (via myownholybook)
Whether or not you can never become great at something, you can always become better at it. Don’t ever forget that! And don’t say “I’ll never be good”. You can become better! and one day you’ll wake up and you’ll find out how good you actually became.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (via atomstargazer)