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Copyright © 2014
by John Kremer

The Quotable Books Series ...

The Art of Living

Artists, Photographers, Architects, Designers, Cartoonists, Poets, Writers, Novelists, and Critics on Art and Life


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(sample quotations from the book)

Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you're alive, it isn't. — Richard Bach, novelist

The reason birds can fly and we cannot is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings. — James Matthew Barrie, children's author

If your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life. — Calvin of Calvin & Hobbes comic strip

The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution. — Paul Cezanne, painter

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. — Arthur C. Clarke, science fiction author

To be nobody but yourself, in a world which is doing its best to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting. — e. e. cummings, poet

If a man throws himself out of the fourth floor window, and you can’t make a sketch of him before he gets to the ground, you will never do anything big. — Eugθne Delacroix, painter

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen. Simply wait. Do not even wait; be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet. — Franz Kafka, novelist

The soul can split the sky in two,
and let the face of God shine through.
— Edna St. Vincent Millay, poet

If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it. — Toni Morrison, novelist

Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one's bath like a lump of sugar. — Pablo Picasso, artist

This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess. — Rainer Maria Rilke, poet

J K Rowling on Reponsibility

There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction. The moment you are old enough to take the wheel, the responsibility lies with you. — J.K. Rowling, novelist

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower drives my green soul. — Dylan Thomas, poet

God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through. — Paul Valery, poet and critic


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