“A novel is a mirror carried along a high road. At one moment it reflects to your vision the azure skies at another the mire of the puddles at your feet. And the man who carries this mirror in his pack will be accused by you of being immoral! His mirror shews the mire, and you blame the mirror! Rather blame that high road upon which the puddle lies, still more the inspector of roads who allows the water to gather and the puddle to form.”
–Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle), Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black), ch. XL, Levavasseur, translated C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1943., 1831

“And thus, through years and years, and lives and lives, everything goes on, constantly beginning over and over again, and nothing ever ends.”
–Charles Dickens, Bleak House

“Inventing the unknown calls for new forms.”
–A. Rimbaud, La Lettre du Voyant

“Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow”
–T. S. Eliot, The Hollow Men

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”
–Hunter S. Thompson

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.”
–Diane Arbus

“No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen.”
–Minor White

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars...”
–Jack Kerouac, On The Road, 1957

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty, --that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”
–John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn

“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the truth of imagination. What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth - whether it existed before or not.”
–John Keats

“You must not think that feeling is everything. Art is nothing without form.”
–Gustave Flaubert

“(1) Wealth without work; (2) Pleasure without conscience; (3) Knowledge without character; (4) Commerce without morality; (5) Science without humanity; (6) Worship without sacrifice; (7) Politics without principle”
–Mohandas Ghandi, Seven Deadly Sins