I reserve the right to evolve. What I think and feel today is subject to revision tomorrow,
History remembers only the celebrated, genealogy remembers them all.
Live with an open mind and an open heart. Always choose love over fear and kindness over cruelty.
War, hatred, and violence all spring from one infernal idea: that one person, race, creed, or culture is better than another.
Expect nothing and accept everything and you will never be disappointed.
There is no nobler profession, nor no greater calling, than to be among those unheralded many who gave and give their lives to the preservation of human knowledge, passed with commitment and care from one generation to the next.
Apathy is the slow poison coursing through the body politic that paves the way to tyranny.
To listen to the silence is to hear the heartbeat of the Universe.
The people who change the world never lose hope no matter how bleak the outcome might appear to be.
The future is won or lost in the war of ideas.
You can't really appreciate a work of art until you can understand how difficult it was to create. And that's probably true of any work of art - a rock, a tree, a bird, a fish, a sunrise made of light and air.
When you look at a person who's different and see Yourself, then you begin to understand who and what God really is.
Recognizing your own ignorance is the first step toward wisdom.
If God spent 180 million years making dinosaurs, what makes us think Man is so special, a tick of the clock before midnight?
Life is inherently disturbing. That's why we've created the myths-to help us overcome, defend or deny, to transcend the grim reality of what here seems to be.
Those who refuse to look at or give expression to the dark side of life are in denial-fear preventing passage through the door of growth, truth and, ultimately, wisdom.
Real life is never quite as interesting as the story told afterward.
Prose pretends to be straightforward in its application to the truth, but truth itself is a dissembler. Poetry, much more honest, knows the deception can't be overcome.
There is no such thing as failure for an artist, unless failure is the refusal to attempt, the unwillingness to dream.
Creativity is at the root of love and meaning in this life.
Poetry is the art of using language to transcend language,
We are the last generation with a real opportunity to save the world.
Art is always, even at its most repulsive, an impassioned cry of love.
Americans think anything you do not get paid for is not worth doing. As a consequence, the things that don't get done are often the most worthwhile.
Dead people are easy to love. It's the living ones who are hard.
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