"Research can be undertaken in any kind of environment, as long as you have the interest. I believe that true education means fostering the ability to be interested in something."
"Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject."
"Truth has never been, can never be, contained in any one creed or system."
"My passion is actually for people. So the exploration into different musics of different times has to do with trying to figure out who these people are, what this music represents and what context do we want to give it and what does it mean to us right now."
"Companies really want inclusion but they often predicate that inclusion on the surrender of various forms of diversity that people bring to the table. So the idea is that if you modulate your outsider identity to adopt mainstream behaviors then you’ll be included. And so it puts people to this tragic choice between their identity and inclusion."
"Limitations force you to find the essence of what you want to say, which is one of the most important things to know for an artist."
"Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation."
"I want to work in revelations, not just spin silly tales for money. I want to fish as deep down as possible into my own subconscious in the belief that once that far down, everyone will understand because they are the same that far down." -Jack Kerouac
Canadian physician Lt. Col. John McCrae composed this poem after presiding over the funeral of a friend killed at the 2nd Battle of Ypres in 1915.
"The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons."
"Often what people call sustainability... the things that fall under that that are environmental or social challenges – there’s this assumption in business that trying to tackle these issues will be expensive... There’s a sense that green was somehow not good for business. It wasn’t out of nowhere but that’s really a dated view. We now have a situation where the challenges are so vast and the world is changing so fundamentally that the only path we have forward is to manage these issues."
"To be able to read and write is to learn to profit by and take part in the greatest of human achievements -- that which makes all other achievements possible -- namely, the pooling of our experiences in great cooperative stores of knowledge, available to all. From the warning cry of primitive man to the latest newsflash or scientific monograph, language is social. Cultural and intellectual cooperation is the great principle of human life."
-S.I. Hayakawa, from Language in Thought & Action
"The creative process is a process of surrender, not control... Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise."
-Julia Cameron, American artist, from The Artist's Way, 1992