is not about how many people
like your work
if your heart likes your work
if your soul likes your work
it's about how honest
you are with yourself
Kaur, R. (2014) Milk and Honey
is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
The three saddest things are the ill wanting to be well,
the poor wanting to be rich,
and the constant traveler saying 'anywhere but here'
Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.
More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness
When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.
Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either.
I don't want the words to be naked the way they are in faxes or in the computer. I want them to be covered by an envelope that you have to rip open in order to get at. I want there to be a waiting time - a pause between the writing and the reading. I want us to be careful about what we say to each other. I want the miles between us to be real and long. This will be our law - that we write our dailiness and our suffering very, very carefully.
Hustvedt, S. (2002) What I loved
Which means that in the end there are certain things you can take with you when you flee, things that have no weight, such as music.
Erpenbeck, J. (2008) Heimsuchung