Category Archives: quote


Came across these two thoughts tonight and am glad I did.

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.”Daniel Burnham

“The less I needed, the better I felt.”Charles Bukowski

Art and writing

“with art we can visualize what we cannot write;
with writing, we say what cannot be painted.”

Rakishi, 1922.

To worry and not to worry about

Things to worry about:

Worry about courage
Worry about Cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship
Worry about. . .

Things not to worry about:

Don’t worry about popular opinion
Don’t worry about dolls
Don’t worry about the past
Don’t worry about the future
Don’t worry about growing up
Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don’t worry about triumph
Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don’t worry about mosquitoes
Don’t worry about flies
Don’t worry about insects in general
Don’t worry about parents
Don’t worry about boys
Don’t worry about disappointments
Don’t worry about pleasures
Don’t worry about satisfactions

– F. Scott Fitzgerald, in a letter to his 11 year-old daughter

Read and enjoyed thanks to Letters of Note, rapidly becoming one of my favorite sites

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”

-Ansel Adams, American photographer and environmentalist was born on this 20th day of February, 1902.

Found by Francine Fleischer, who cited Landmark Booksellers as her source. Thanks for the reminder folks.


– “[It’s] the one state that has everything. Big cities, small towns, mountains, deserts, farms, factories, fisherman, surfers. All races, all religions, gay, straight, everything this country has. There’s more real America in California than anywhere else.

– It’s a nice speech, just don’t say it into any microphones cause everybody in the other 49 other states thinks that California is a giant psycho ward.”

Senator Vinick debating with a campaign advisor in West Wing, Season 7 (Heavy into picture editing and political company)

Transference of beauty

“Beautiful things want to be replicated. That’s what beautiful things are. You see a beautiful person, you want to draw that person. Someone sees your drawing, they want to make a painting. Someone sees that painting, they want to take a picture of that painting. Someone sees your picture and they want to go for a walk in nature. So it’s this endless chain of people being excited by this beautiful thing that came before them.”
– Jonathan Safran Foer via Studio 360 interview

Words to learn from

“If it is right, it happens—The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.”

John Steinbeck

From rulesformyunbornson:

Good thing to keep in mind

“Not to bring up something upsetting, but when you leave here today, you may go through a period of unemployment. My suggestion is this: Enjoy the unemployment. Have a second cup of coffee. Go to the park. Read Walt Whitman. Walt Whitman loved being unemployed. I don’t believe he ever did a day’s work in his life. As you may know, he was a poet. If a lot of time goes by and you continue to be unemployed, you may want to consider announcing to all appropriate parties that you have become a poet.”

-Excerpt from John Patrick Shanley’s 2009 commencement speech at College of Mount Saint Vincent (according to IMDB)

On New Yorkers…

“This is one of our customs as New Yorkers when welcoming foreigners to our shores. Because we are so often frightened by living here, we are annoyed and offended when visitors fail to show the proper signs of terror. So we try to scare the living daylights out of them. And if oblique auguries of physical peril don’t work, well then, we can always talk about rent.”

David Rakoff, the new love of my podcast-dependent office life, on This American Life


“Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.”

– Ken Hakuta

courtesy of my Honest Tea