Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900–1944)

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people
together to collect wood and don’t assign them
tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for
the endless immensity of the sea.

August Strindberg (1849-1912)

Necessity knows no rules.

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

We dance around in a ring and suppose.
But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry, and as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in, and on it there was a girl waiting to get off.
A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn’t see me at all, but I’ll bet a month hasn’t gone by since that I haven’t thought of that girl.

Leo Tolstoi (1828-1910)

Everything that I know…
I know only because I love.

Walter Lowenfels (1997-1976)

I butter from nine to five and then I change into a butterfly and go ahead with poems.

Helen Charis Wilson (1914-2009)


Behind every great man

there’s a great woman.

William Buttler Yeats (1865-1939)

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)

I like people too much or not at all.

Alberto Caeiro (Fernando Pessoa, 1888 – 1935)

Leve, leve, muito leve,
Um vento muito leve passa,
E vai-se, sempre muito leve.
E eu não sei o que penso
Nem procuro sabê-lo.