If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.
And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.
How many people long for that “past, simpler, and better world,” I wonder, without ever recognizing the truth that perhaps it was they who were simpler and better, and not the world about them?
In memory everything seems to happen to music.
It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.
I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted than when we read it in the original author?
—Philip G. Hamerton
Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.
Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool.
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
It is well to remember that by the time-scale of the universe, the shapes of all things and systems are as fugitive and evanescent as those clouds driven before a gale, which coalesce and dissolve as they go.
I shiver, thinking how easy it is to be totally wrong about people, to see one tiny part of them and confuse it for the whole.
—Lauren Oliver in Before I Fall
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
—Norman Vincent Peale
It has always been part of basic human experience to live in a culture of wilderness. There has been no wilderness without some kind of human presence for several hundred thousand years. Nature is not a place to visit, it is home.