“I believe our American Dream has turned into American Nightmare. By falling for the lure of individual success we have forgotten our ideals. It’s not just our safety net that’s falling apart, it’s the moral fiber—and that’s what happens when we forget to have love and compassion for one another.”
— Rev. Kare Lore in American Winter (2013)
“I think that the Williams sisters are artistic people. Any artist has to be obsessive, has to have the capacity to concentrate so exactly on what it is they wish to achieve in terms of artistry that you lose a lot.”

Gay Talese in Venus and Serena (2012)

“If the mainstream media were to fold and celebrity tabloids were the only people out there publishing, it would mean that our entire system of democracy has collapsed. Democracy relies on an informed electorate to make educated decisions at the ballot box. You can only do that if you have access to truthful, timely information. The public has a lot of responsibility here. The paparazzi doesn’t get away with this in a vacuum. I think citizens need to step up and start valuing that information they’re getting from their local news gatherers.”

Lucy Dalglish in $ellebrity (2012)

“We are rag dolls made out of many ages and skins, changelings who have slept in wood nests or hissed in the uncouth guise of waddling amphibians. We have played such roles for infinitely longer ages than we have been men. Our identity is a dream. We are process, not reality, for reality is an illusion of the daylight — the light of our particular day.”
— Loren Eiseley
“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone.”
— Robin Williams’ character in World’s Greatest Dad (2009)
“The mind is like a universe. It’s constantly expanding. Like the universe, exactly like the universe, open the mind. The opening of the mind is every day…”
— Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013)
“She might have gotten to the end of her life and thought: why didn’t I try to get that work out there. Some people’s character prevents them from pushing that little bit you need to push to get the work seen. You know, she didn’t defend herself as an artist; she just did the work.”
— Joel Meyerowitz in Finding Vivian Maier (2014)
“It’s pretty astonishing. If you look at all the products that the forest gets cut down for, they’re all luxury products: cocaine, gold, high quality Brazilian beef, Mahogany. All these things are luxury products; they’re not products that anyone around here particularly is desperate for or needs to survive. They’re all getting shipped off around the world. To us, really.”
— Charlie Hamilton James in BBC Two’s I Bought a Rainforest
“One of the things I learned about the world of art,” Teller says, “is there are people who really want to believe in magic, that artists are supernatural beings—there was some guy who could walk up and do that. But art is work like anything else—concentration, physical pain. Part of the subject of this movie is that a great work of art should seem to have magically sprung like a miracle on the wall. But to get that miracle is an enormous, aggravating pain.” To see Vermeer as “a god” makes him “a discouraging bore,” Teller goes on. But if you think of him as a genius artist and an inventor, he becomes a hero: “Now he can inspire.”
— Vanity Fair on Tim’s Vermeer (2013)
“When I was in school I was a bad kid. Later, when I was invited to give a talk at the school, I wasn’t sure if I should tell the kids that they should study hard or that it is okay to be a rebel. I wasn’t sure what advice to give the kids. Studying hard doesn’t guarantee you become a respectable person. Even if you’re a bad kid, there are people like me who change. I thought that would be a good lesson to teach. But if I said that bad kids can succeed later on like I did, all the kids would start misbehaving, which would be a problem. Always doing what you are told doesn’t mean you’ll succeed in life.”
— Jiro in Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)
“Learn. Continue to learn. Be here in this arena. Get educated. Bring up the level of the industry. Bring up the level of your craft. So don’t stop; don’t look for an easy way out; there isn’t one. You’ll only find closed doors. But the more that you invest in yourself, the more doors open up.”

Joe Buissink

“There are many people who are very good at picking others apart; they’re very good critics.. but they never have any creative ideas of their own.”

Robert Sternberg in BBC Horizon’s Battle of the Brains (2007)

“…all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration…we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves…”
— Bill Hicks
“Down on the West Coast, they got their icons
Their silver starlets, their Queens of Saigons
And you’ve got the music
You’ve got the music in you, don’t you?”
“Kill your darlings. Your crushes, your juvenile
metaphysics. None of them belong on
the page. It is the first principle
of good creative work.”
— Kill Your Darlings (2013)