"God breaks the heart again and again until it stays open."
–– Hafiz (1315-1390), Persian poet
"To be truly visionary we have to root our imagination in our concrete reality while simultaneously imagining possibilities beyond that reality."
–– bell hooks, pen name of Gloria Jean Watkins (1952-2021), American writer, academic, & activist
via Sketchbook 26, 2022, p. 134
"I'm not telling you to make the world better. I'm just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment."
–– Joan Didion (1934-2021), American writer
via Sketchbook 26, 2022, p. 135
"Although obstacles and difficulties frighten ordinary people, they are the necessary food of genius. They cause it to mature, and raise it up ... All that obstructs the path of genius inspires a state of feverish agitation, upsetting and overturning those obstacles, and producing masterpieces."
–– Théodore Géricault (1791-1824), French painter
via Sketchbook 10, 2010. p. 147