All the quotes in today’s episode:
I have created nothing really beautiful, really lasting, but if I can inspire one of these youngsters to develop the talent I know they possess, then my monument will be in their work.
At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don’t need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens—that letting go—you let go because you can.
-Toni Morrison, Tar Baby
Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.
I've known rivers: I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
We never know how high we are / Till we are called to rise; / And then, if we are true to plan, / our statures touch the skies
There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
-Zora Neale Hurston
As artists we work every day. We make our own lives every day, we care for our family every day. It is hard daily work, this creative process.
I’m not trying to make things up, I'm trying to describe what's already happening.
Creativity helps us realize that we don't have to understand everything. We can enjoy something -feel it and use it- without ever fully comprehending it.
I have refused to live
locked in the orderly house of
reasons and proofs.
The world I live in and believe in
is wider than that. And anyway,
what’s wrong with Maybe?
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people.
Through color, I have sought to concentrate on beauty and happiness, rather than on man’s inhumanity to man.
Without community there is no liberation.
I don’t know the answers to anything. I just come to sing you these songs that have been inspired by something that I hope is deeper and bigger than myself.