Posts tagged Integrity Quote
Fundamentals | Tie A Knot

When you are at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.

Theodore Roosevelt

Excerpt | Advice From Dionysus

dig yourself a ditch, six
feet deep, and bury everything that you've ever
said, everything that you've never
meant, and everything that has
burned you and left you with nothing
but what's
left.


moon, s. (2013) the anatomy of being.

Excerpt | The Thing About December

a few girls acting like they were disgusted with the cool lads but you could tell they weren't, really,
and a couple of nervous-looking spastics standing to the side,
like bits of auld watery broccoli beside a plate of steak and chips


ryan, d. (2013) the thing about december.

Excerpt | Rodney Dangerfield

I came from a real tough neighbourhood.
Once a guy pulled a knife on me. I knew he wasn't a professional, the knife had butter on it.

Fundamentals | Aristotle

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.

Excerpt | Socrates

I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.

Excerpt | Darkness

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.

Mary Oliver

Excerpt | Beautiful People

Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.

Zusak, M. (2002) I Am The Messenger

Excerpt | Sadness

The sadness of the world has different ways of getting to people, but it seems to succeed almost every time.

Céline, Louis-Ferdinand (1932) Journey To The End Of The Night

Excerpt | Atticus

Never go in search of love,
go in search of life,
and life will find you the love you seek.

Excerpt | Private Library

Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That's part of what it means to be alive.
But inside our heads - at least that's where I imagine it - there's a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library.
And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards.
We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases.
In other words, you'll live forever in your own private library.

Murakami, H. (2002) Kafka on the Shore

Excerpt | Dream

If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less, but to dream more, to dream all the time.

Proust, M. (1982) Remembrance of Things Past Volume I

Excerpt | Under the Stars

There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.

Kerouac, J (1951) On the road

Excerpt | No Man Wise Man

There is no man...however wise, who has not at some period in his youth said things, or lived a life, the memory of which is so unpleasant to him that he would gladly expunge it. And yet he ought not entirely to regret it, because he cannot be certain that he has indeed become a wise man...

Proust, M. (1982) Remembrance of Things Past Volume I

Excerpt | Mirror

I’ll be your mirror, 
Reflect what you are, in case you don’t know, 
I’ll be the wind, the rain and the sunset,
The light on your door to show that you’re home.

Reed, L. I’ll be your mirror (1966)

Excerpt | Georgia O’Keefe

I found I could say things with colours and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way -
things I had no words for.

Excerpt | Not To Yield

Though much is taken, much abides;
and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Tennyson, A. (1889) Idylls of the King and a Selection of Poems

Excerpt | Civilized People

Civilized people must, I believe, satisfy the following criteria:


8/ They work at developing their aesthetic sensibility. Civilized people don't simply obey their baser instincts, they require mens sana in corpore sano.

And so on. That's what civilized people are like. Reading Pickwick and learning a speech from Faust by heart is not enough if your aim is to become a truly civilized person and not to sink below the level of your surroundings.

§ From a letter to Nikolay Chekhov, March 1886

Chekhov, A. (2004) A Life in Letters

Excerpt | Civilized People

Civilized people must, I believe, satisfy the following criteria:

7/ If they do possess talent, they value it. They take pride in it. They know they have a responsibility to exert a civilizing influence on (others) rather than aimlessly hanging out with them. And they are fastidious in their habits.

§ From a letter to Nikolay Chekhov, March 1886

Chekhov, A. (2004) A Life in Letters