Last winter I paid a hefty fine to the Minneapolis Public Library. I couldn’t let go of several photography books, including a pair by Andrew Zuckerman: portraits of beautiful animals — two- and four-legged forms — supple and lithe in their stillness, majestic in simplicity, unpretentious and vulnerable.
You can’t get to wonderful without passin’ through all right.
—Bill Withers, musician
Love something. I think we’ve got to learn love something deeply.
—Andrew Wyeth, artist
The human being has a need for dignity just as — like water, like air.
—Wole Soyinka, writer
If you’re willing to offer your life for it, you might actually get something done.
—Bernice Johnson Reagon, activist
If everyone takes care of their own area, then we won’t have any problems.
—Willie Nelson, musician
You don’t stop doing things because you get old. You get old because you stop doing things.
—Rosamunde Pilcher, writer
I get sillier as I get older. I don’t know what wisdom means.
—Judi Dench, actor
…who I am, and what I need, these are things I have to find out myself.
—Chinua Achebe, writer