Change Quotes

True life begins where the tiny bit begins – where what seem to us minute and infinitely small alterations take place

Sunday, November 20th, 2011
eroding seaside cliff

“Why, you only touched it a tiny bit, but it is quite another thing.” Bryullóv replied: “Art begins where the tiny bit begins.”

That saying is strikingly true not only of art but of all…

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Hate begets only hate

Saturday, October 8th, 2011
former location of the Berlin Wall

I used to say over and over that the opposite of love is not hate but indifference. There is no reciprocity. Hate is always gratuitous, sterile. It is a powerful, insurmountable barrier that permits no intrusion. In other words, nothing good…

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It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
Nelson Mandela sculpture

Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers…

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Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate

Saturday, September 24th, 2011
snacks flambe

Fame is a fickle food
Upon a shifting plate,
Whose table once a
Guest, but not
The second time, is set….

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Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
dark forest

We can train ourselves to respect our feelings and to transpose them into a language so they can be shared. And where that language does not yet exist, it is our poetry which helps to…

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Whatever love wants, it gets, not next year, NOW.

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

I swear by the one who never says tomorrow,

as the circle of the moon never agrees

sell installments of light

It gives all it has…

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If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road

Monday, August 1st, 2011
Silver coin, Vietnam Memorial

Would you think I was joking if I said that you can put the clock back, and that if the clock is wrong it is often a very sensible thing to do? But I would rather get away from that whole idea of clocks. We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the…

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The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed

Monday, July 25th, 2011

You can exert no influence if you are not susceptible to influence. It is futile for the doctor to shield himself from the influence of the patient and to surround himself with a smokescreen of fatherly and professional authority. If he does so he merely forbids himself the…

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New occasions teach new duties

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

They don’t make ‘em like they used to. Lowell’s poem “The Present Crisis” is an 18 stanza argument against slavery. This is poetic editorial, crammed with passionate pleading, laced with two-dollar words and high-minded symbolism. Can you imagine Khrushchev writing a poem instead of…

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The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness

Thursday, February 24th, 2011
moving water

You would measure time the measureless and the immeasurable.

You would adjust your conduct and even direct the course of your spirit according to hours and…

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Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought.

Saturday, February 19th, 2011
tree reflected in water

…poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into…

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One expected growth, change; without it, the world was less, the well of inspiration dried up, the muses fled

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Their sense of community had come apart long before Kathy’s death, but for him, Kathy’s dying had been the final stage of the story collection they’d started when they all first came together in the early seventies.

Most of them still…

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