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Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
Adolescence is like cactus.
We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
Life, religion and art all converge in Bali. They have no word in their language for 'artist' or 'art.' Everyone is an artist.
Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source.
Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
You cannot save people. You can only love them.
When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.
The human father has to be confronted and recognized as human, as man who created a child and then, by his absence, left the child fatherless and then Godless.
Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
Pain is something to master, not to wallow in.
Tranquillity is contagious, peace is contagious. One only thinks of the contagiousness of illness, but there is the contagion of serenity and joy.
Art is the method of levitation, in order to separate one's self from enslavement by the earth.
Whenever you do something that is not aligned with the yearning or your soul—you create suffering.
I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.
Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me. I escape, one way or another. No more walls.
You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead.
The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle.
If what Proust says is true, that happiness is the absence of fever, then I will never know happiness. For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience, and creation.
The secret of life was Breath. That was what I always wanted my words to do, to Breathe.
When you possess light within, you see it externally.
You don't find love, it finds you. It's got a little bit to do with destiny, fate, and what's written in the stars.
For you and for me the highest moment, the keenest joy, is not when our minds dominate but when we lose our minds, and you and I both lose it in the same way, through love.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment, and in retrospection.
I know why families were created with all their imperfections. They humanize you. They are made to make you forget yourself occasionally, so that the beautiful balance of life is not destroyed.
We are never trapped unless we choose to be.
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
Travel is seeking the lost paradise. It is the supreme illusion of love.
Your eyes make me shy
All of my creation is an effort to weave a web of connection with the world: I am always weaving it because it was once broken.
We have been poisoned by fairy tales.
Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live.
There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.
The real wonders of life lie in the depths. Exploring the depths for truths is the real wonder which the child and the artist know: magic and power lie in truth.
The body is an instrument which only gives off music when it is used as a body. Always an orchestra, and just as music traverses walls, so sensuality traverses the body and reaches up to ecstasy.
willingness to explore everything is a sign of strength. The weak ones have prejudices. Prejudices are a protection.
What is love but acceptance of the other, whatever he is.
I want to live darkly and richly in my femaleness.
Violence is a symptom of impotence.
I will not adjust myself to the world. I am adjusted to myself.
Create a world, your world. Alone. Stand alone. And then love will come to you, then it comes to you.
Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be...including our perception. Of it
Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.
The truly faithless one is the one who makes love to only a fraction of you. And denies the rest.
The value of the personal relationship to all things is that it creates intimacy and intimacy creates understanding and understanding creates love.
although I love a rich life, I hate an overcrowded life. I believe in rumination and lose half the beauty of all things when I am deprived of the time to ruminate.
Life is a full circle, widening until it joins the circle motions of the infinite.
I walk ahead of myself in perpetual expectancy of miracles.
If I love you it means we share the same fantasies, the same madnesses