the age of five or six, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer. I tried to abandon this idea, but I did so with the consciousness that I was outraging my true nature and that sooner or later I should have to settle down and write books." Orwell: "What I have most wanted to do ... My starting point is always a feeling of partisanship, a sense of injustice." Orwell: "Politically I would describe myself as a 'conservative Trotskist.'" J. with intense feelings more than ideas." Tolkien: "It is difficult [for me] to say anything [about my work] without saying too much: the attempt to say a few words opens a floodgate of excitement." Tolkien: "The most improper job of any man ... Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity." Tolkien: "I often long to work at my nonsense fairy language and don't let myself 'cause though I love it so it does seem such a mad hobby! when two [people] discover that they have in common some ... [he reacted] with spontaneous and generous delight." Virginia Woolf Author Woolf: "My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery - always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. to be totally in quiet listening mode when somebody else's mind is open to you." [When asked why he threw his Vietnam war medals into a river:] Kerry: "[Never] start a war. You can suggest it, and maybe he'll do it and maybe he won't.
interest or taste ...which, till that moment, each believed to be his own unique treasure." Steven Hart: "When C. But he is not going to surrender that personal autonomy that is the core of [his] integrity." Nixon White House memo [ca.
1971]: "Destroy him before he becomes another Ralph Nader." Antoine de Saint-Exupery Author of 'The Little Prince' Saint-Exupery: "One sees well only with the heart. be quiet [and] the world will freely offer itself to you. It has no choice." Edgar Allan Poe Poet and author Poe: "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." Poe: "All that we see or seem Is but a dream within a dream." Poe: "Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence." Poe: "With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion." James Oppenheim: "Everything about him suggests introversion, self-immersion, mood, mystery.
Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." C. Jung: "From his wife I learned [that his preoccupation with] flight was really an act of evasion, an attempt to escape from the world." A. Milne Author of 'Winnie The Pooh' Milne: "Even now when I see my name in the paper, I feel that the world is intruding unduly on my privacy. Besides disliking the diminishment of privacy and the inhibiting quality of feeling watched. I didn't see how I could write honestly without [seclusion]." Watterson: "Weekends don't count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless." J. Rowling Author of the 'Harry Potter' series Rowling: "The wizards represent all that the [normal person] most fears: They are plainly outcasts and comfortable with being so." Rowling: "Nothing is more unnerving to the truly conventional than the unashamed misfit! To particularize is the alone distinction of merit - general knowledges are those knowledges that idiots possess." Blake: "When I tell any truth it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it but for the sake of defending those who do." Blake: "All deities reside in the human breast." Augustine Philosopher and theologian Augustine: "The good man, though a slave, is free; the wicked, though he reigns, is a slave, and not the slave of a single man, but - what is worse - the slave of as many masters as he has vices." Augustine: "God did not intend that man should have power over his fellow man." Philip Ball: "Augustine ... ' George's stuff [is] fluid and funky, weird and kinky, but also ... And if there isn't, I don't care." Lennon: "Reality leaves a lot to the imagination." Lennon: "Supposedly [schools] don't want artists.
I ought to be anonymous." Milne: "Sarcasm, directed into the blue in the hope of hitting the person you want, may not be effective, but it does relieve the feelings." Milne: "There are people who keep thermometers shut up indoors, which is both cruel and unnecessary. It's sixty-five.' As if anybody wanted a thermometer to know if a room were cold or not." Bill Watterson Cartoonist famous for 'Calvin & Hobbes' Watterson: "[Doing everything myself] kept the strip very honest and personal - everything having to do with Calvin and Hobbes expressed my own ideas, my own values, my own way." Watterson: "I was not prepared for the ... " Rowling: "Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can ... did not materialize with a [fixed doctrine] but spent his life struggling towards some kind of personal truth." Jung identifies Augustine as an extrovert. " Van Gogh: "For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream." Van Gogh: "My God, how beautiful Shakespeare is. His language and method are like a brush trembling with excitement and ecstasy." Hans Christian Andersen Author of 'The Emperor's New Clothes' and 'The Ugly Duckling' Andersen: "If you looked down to the bottom of my soul, you would understand fully the source of my longing and - pity me." Andersen: "Even the open, transparent lake has its unknown depths." Andersen: "The whole world is a series of miracles, but we're so used to them we call them ordinary things." Soeren Kierkegaard: "His novels stand in such a physical relationship to his own self that their conception is not so much a production as it is an amputation." New York Times: "[Throughout his life] he remained an outsider, and it was probably this that enabled him to empathize with many of the losers who appear in his stories." William Shakespeare Playwright Shakespeare: "To thine own self be true." David Hume: "[Shakespeare] hits upon a striking peculiarity of sentiment, adapted uniquely [to each] character ... profound [with] weight and import." John Lennon Singer-songwriter Lennon: "If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace." Lennon: "Either I'm a genius or I'm mad, which is it? I can't be mad because nobody's put me away; therefore I'm a genius. Even in art school, they tried to turn me into a teacher.
When you complain that the library is a little chilly ... think themselves into other people's places." Franz Kafka Author of 'The Trial' Kafka: "You can achieve nothing if you forsake yourself." Kafka [to his lover:] "In this love you are like a knife, with which I explore myself." Kafka: "We [humans] are as forlorn as children lost in the woods." Kafka: "[People are] quite different. Augustine's adversity to men ruling other men is the same as that of Tolkien: "The most improper job of any man is ruling over other men..." More quotes on Augustine Vincent van Gogh Artist Van Gogh: "Some good must come by clinging to [what is] right." Van Gogh: "Aren't the wise ones, those who never do anything foolish, even more foolish? as if by inspiration." Vladimir Nabokov: "The verbal poetical texture of Shakespeare is the greatest the world has known." Homer Author of 'The Iliad' and 'The Odyssey' Homer: "The blade itself incites to violence." Homer: "Hateful to me ... They try to discourage you from painting." Lennon: "I was very keen on Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland.'" Lennon: "If you play with the same person all the time ... the smartest and all that kind of thing." Jim Morrison (The Doors) Morrison: "When others demand that we become the people they want us to be, they force us to destroy the person we really are. The most loving parents and relatives commit this murder with smiles on their faces." Morrison: "[In society] you trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel and in exchange, put on a mask." Morrison: "There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau Philosopher and author Rousseau: "[My] heart [is] at once haughty and tender [and my] character effeminate, yet invincible." Rousseau: "[When under stress I thought of] the books I had read [and applied] them to myself.
I [imagined I was] one of the characters [and soon found myself] in made-up circumstances which were most agreeable to my inclinations." Rousseau: "Reason is greatly indebted to passion.
The human race would long since have ceased to be, had its preservation depended only on reason." Soeren Kierkegaard Philosopher and theologian Kierkegaard: "To pace about, looking to obtain status, looking to attain 'importance' - I can think of nothing more ridiculous." Kierkegaard: "Whatever you do, never lose your fondness of walking.
I walk myself into my daily well-being, and I walk out of all illness.
I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so heavy that one cannot outwalk it." Alan Sandage: "Physicists, by and large, are Platonists who seek reality in the archetypes behind the scenes.
Non-scientists, by and large, are Kierkegaardians for whom the subjectivity of life and thought is more real than scientific models." Albert Camus Philosopher and author Camus: "We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile.
And now we realize that we know where it lives: Inside ourselves." Camus: "Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal." Camus: "To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others." Paul Gallagher: "While Sartre could separate the world of ideas from his personal friendship, Camus ... Only from him did I ever get the idea that my 'stuff' could be more than a private hobby." C. Lewis Author of 'The Chronicles of Narnia' Lewis: "[There is] in me ...
believed friendship was essential [and] united people together in the struggle for a better world." George Orwell Author of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' and 'Animal Farm' Orwell: "I had the lonely child's habit of making up stories and holding conversations with imaginary persons." Orwell: "From ... Tolkien Author of 'The Lord of the Rings' Tolkien: "I [am] a mere individual ... a distaste for all that is public, all that belongs to the collective." Lewis: "[I have] a boorish inaptitude for formality." Lewis: "[It is ridiculous] to be concerned about being grown up [and] to admire the grown up because it is grown up." Lewis: "Friendship arises ... " Woolf: "The art of writing [is] imagining that one is not oneself, but somebody different." Woolf: "Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by his heart, and his friends can only read the title." Woolf: "The eyes of others [are] our prisons; their thoughts our cages." Woolf: "If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people." John Kerry U. Secretary of State (D) and Vietnam war veteran Kerry: "There's a time ... And if you live by that guidance, you'll never have veterans throwing away their medals or standing up in protest." Peggy Kerry: "Once you get to know him [he] is really a warm and open and funny human being." Jonathan Winer: "[No one] can tell him what to do.