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Feb 25, 2018

Niki de Saint Phalle, my favorite quotes359

"Most people don't see the edginess in my work.
They think it's all fantasy and whimsy."

"I could do whatever I wanted, whether people liked it or not."

Niki de Saint Phalle(1930-2002) was a French-American sculptor, painter, and filmmaker.

Feb 21, 2018

Anaïs Nin, my favorite quotes 358

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."

"People living deeply have no fear of death."

Anaïs Nin(1903 – 1977) was an American diarist, essayist, and novelist.

Dec 10, 2017

Federico Fellini, my favorite quotes 357

"Life is a combination of magic and pasta."

Federico Fellini (1920-1993) was an Italian film director.

Dec 8, 2017

Andrei Tarkovsky, my favorite quotes 356

"I am, I believe,  obsessed with freedom. I suffer, physically, when I lack freedom. Freedom is about being able to respect in oneself and others feelings of dignity. "
(Journal, June 4, 1981.)
Andrei Tarkovsky (1932–1986) was a Russian film director and screenwriter.

Oct 1, 2017

Chishū Ryū, my favorite quotes 355

"A funeral is something to celebrate. He lived well, worked hard, and we tell him "Job well done.".  So we celebrate his death. In this village, we all seem to die in order of our age, fortunately."  ( His line from film "Dreams" by Akira Kurosawa )

Chishū Ryū 笠智衆(1904-1993) was a Japanese actor who, in a career lasting 65 years, appeared in over 160 films 

Sep 26, 2017

Torii, my favorite quotes 354

Neatly placed together 
and waiting for the owner to return,
The shoes don't know he had jumped off. 

A sprig of lavender is her relic
I still hear my ailing mother
Bellowing in a desolate field.    

  translated by Mio Takada

Torii 歌人鳥居(Probably in her 20s) is a Japanese Tanka poet.

Sep 9, 2017

Tupac Shakur, my favorite quotes 353

"I don't have no fear of death. My only fear is coming back reincarnated."

"It seems like every time you come up something happens to bring you back down."

"Don't change on me. Don't extort me unless you intend to do it forever."

Tupac Amaru Shakur (1971-1996) was an American rapper and actor.

Sep 3, 2017

Issac Assimov, my favorite quotes 352

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”

Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University.

Aug 17, 2017

Charlie Parker, my favorite quotes 351

Bird, 60 (1980)

"Don't play the saxophone. Let it play you." 

"If you don't live it, it won't come out your horn." 

Charles Parker Jr. (1920 – 1955) was an American jazz saxophonist.

Aug 15, 2017

Miyazon, my favorite quotes 350

"When in Doubt, cast Miyazon." 

Miyazon みやぞん(born1985)is a Japanese comedian.

Jun 30, 2017

Werner Herzog, my favorite quotes 349

"The universe is monstrously indifferent to the presence of man."

"Film should be looked at straight on; it is not the art of scholars but of illiterates."

Werner Herzog (born 1942) is a German screenwriter and a film director.

May 29, 2017

William Golding, my favorite quotes 348

My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder.”

"While I was still a boy, I came to the conclusion that there were three grades of thinking;  and since I was later to claim thinking as my hobby,  I came to an even stranger conclusion - namely, that I myself could not think at all."

William Golding (1911–1993) was an English novelist, playwright, and poet.

May 21, 2017

Emily Dickinson, my favorite quotes 347

"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul
- and sings the tunes without the words - and never stops at all. "

 Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886) was an American poet.
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul - and sings the tunes without the words - and never stops at all. Emily Dickinson
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May 13, 2017

Desi Di Nardo, my favorites 346

Beautiful Vagabonds

I am not the piston in the flower or
The bulging seed throttled by pollen
But a separate figure expectant and
Cupped by the shape palms make
Holding sumptuously to the fragile
Killings - crickets, bees, and moths
The soulful water strider apparently
Impervious to deep mirrored waters
And the lotus lilies rooted in mire
Look up at me
Look into me
I am the wind-loving swallow
Lighter than the air itself
Rippling my whole transience
Renascent by the threat of rain

Desi Di Nardo (born 1972) is a Canadian poet.

Apr 22, 2017

Alan Turing, my favorite quotes 345

"Mathematical reasoning may be regarded rather schematically as the exercise of a combination of two facilities, which we may call intuition and ingenuity."

Alan Mathison Turing (1912 –1954) was an English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and theoretical biologist.

Apr 19, 2017

Fernando Pessoa, my favorite quotes 344

"Viver é ser outro. Nem sentir é possível se hoje se sente como ontem se sentiu: sentir hoje o mesmo que ontem não é sentir — é lembrar hoje o que se sentiu ontem, ser hoje o cadáver vivo do que ontem foi a vida perdida. Apagar tudo do quadro de um dia para o outro, ser novo com cada nova madrugada, numa revirgindade perpétua da emoção — isto, e só isto, vale a pena ser ou ter, para ser ou ter o que imperfeitamente somos."

"Today is not just another day. It is impossible to feel today what you felt yesterday, because you can only remember what you think you felt yesterday, and in that case, you are only a living corpse of yesterday, the day already gone and lost.
Erasing  the whole picture from one day to the next, to be new each dawn, in a perpetual renewal of emotion- for this, and for this alone, it is worth being alive and being imperfect."(Translated by Mio  Takada)

Fernando Pessoa (1888 – 1935), was a Portuguese poet and philosopher.

Apr 10, 2017

Julio Sosa, my favorite quotes 343

Uno busca lleno de esperanzas

el camino que los sueños

prometieron a sus ansias.

Sabe que la lucha es cruel

y es mucha pero lucha y se desangra

por la fe que lo empecina...

Uno va arrastrándose entre espinas

y en su afán de dar su amor,

sufre y se destroza hasta entender

que uno se ha quedao sin corazón...

Precio de castigo que uno entrega

por un beso que no llega

a un amor que lo engañó...

¡Vacío ya de amar y de llorar

tanta traición!

One looks full of hope

The road full of dreams

And promises the eagerness.

One knows that the fight is cruel

It's a lot but one fights and bleeds

By the faith that empties it ...

One creeps among thorns

And in his eagerness to give his love,

Suffers and is destroyed until understood

That one remains without heart ...

The price of punishment one delivers

For one kiss that will not arrive

To a love that deceives him ...

Empty now to love and to cry

Such treachery!

Julio Sosa ( 1926 – 1964), was a Uruguayan tango singer.

Apr 9, 2017

Robert Doisneau , my favorite quotes 342

"A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there - even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity."

"Chance is the one thing you can't buy. You have to pay for it and you have to pay for it with your life, spending a lot of time, you pay for it with time, not the wasting of time but the spending of time."
"The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street."

Robert Doisneau (1912 – 1994) was a French photographer.

Mar 15, 2017

Charles Bukowski, my favorite quotes 341


Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone.”

Baby," I said, "I'm a genius but nobody knows it but me.”

Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink.”

Great art is horseshit, buy tacos.”

Charles Bukowski (1920 – 1994) was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer.

Mar 8, 2017

Judith Malina, my favorite quotes 340

"Tremble: your whole life is a rehearsal for the moment you are in now."

Judith Malina (1926 – 2015) was a German-born American theater and film actress, writer and director.

Dec 14, 2016

Langston Hughes, my favorite quotes 339

"Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you."

"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly."

"Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it."

 Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967) was an American poet.

Nov 13, 2016

Leonard Cohen, my favorite quotes 338

Lost my voice in New York City
never heard it again after sixty-seven
Now I talk like you
Now I sing like you
Cigarette and coffee to make me sick
Couple of families to make me think
Going to see my lawyer
Going to read my mail
Lost my voice in New York City
Guess you always knew

Leonard Norman Cohen(1934–2016) was a Canadian singer, songwriter and poet.

Oct 3, 2016

Aníbal Troilo, my favorite quotes 337

"De Buenos Aires tendría que decir muchas cosas.. Que es mi vida, que es el tango, que es Gardel, que es la noche..
 Que es la mujer, el amigo.. Tendría que decir muchas cosas y muchas no sabría cómo decirlas..
Pero anote esto: agradezco haber nacido en Buenos Aires."

"Buenos Aires would have to say many things, such as my life, the tango, Carlos Gardel, a night, a woman, a friend...
All would have to say many things and many which I do not know how to say.
 But note this: I appreciate being born in Buenos Aires."

Aníbal Troilo (1914 – 1975 in Buenis Airees) was an Argentine bandoneon player.

Jul 2, 2016

José Mujica, my favorite quotes 336

"I believe that life is a marvelous adventure. And it's worthwhile to start again 20 times over.”

”Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle and always want more and more.”

”A lot of people like a lot of money. They shouldn't go into politics.”

"I’m not the poorest president. The poorest is the one who needs a lot to live. My lifestyle is a consequence of my wounds. I’m the son of my history. There have been years when I would have been happy just to have a mattress.”

José Mujica
(born 1935) is a Uruguayan politician who was the 40th President of Uruguay between 2010 and 2015.

May 27, 2016

Katherine Anne Porter, my favorite quotes 335

The past is never where you think you left it.”

Katherine Anne Porter (1890–1980) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet and author.

May 24, 2016

Anonymous, my favorite quotes 334

"Life is sexually transmitted."


May 19, 2016

Franz Kafka, my favorite quotes 333

I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I can not even explain it to myself.”

I am free and that is why I am lost.”

He is terribly afraid of dying because he hasn’t yet lived.”

Franz Kafka (1883–1924) was a Jewish, German-language writer.

May 14, 2016

Paolo Sorrentino, my favorite quotes 332

Mick Boyle: You say that emotions are overrated. But that's bullshit. Emotions are all we've got. 
PaleTeenager: When your son says, 'Why weren't you a father to me?' And you say, 'I didn't think I was up to it.'
 At that moment, I understood something really important.
Jimmy Tree: What?
Pale Teenager: That no one in the world feels up to it, so there is no reason to worry.
Screenwriter in Love: You've been watching too many movies, you idiot, you've forgotten what life is about.
Mick Boyle: It doesn't make a difference! Men, artists, animals... plants! We're all just extras.

 (from screenplay 'Youth', written by Paolo Sorrentino)

Paolo Sorrentino (born 1970) is an Italian film director and screenwriter.

May 13, 2016

Carl Jung, my favorite quotes 331

"Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."

"The word 'happiness' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness."

Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist.

May 10, 2016

Margaret Mead, my favorite quotes 330

"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."

"Many societies have educated their male children on the simple device of teaching them not to be women."

"I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had."

Margaret Mead (1901–1978) was an American cultural anthropologist.