If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the 60’s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.

create John Lennon

camera_alt John Filo

Mary Ann Vecchio screams as she kneels over Jeffrey Miller’s body during an anti-war demonstration in 1970 in Kent State University.
Student photographer John Filo captured the Pulitzer prize-winning image after Ohio National Guardsmen fired into the crowd of protesters killing four students and wounding nine others.
A widely published version of the image was manipulated by an anonymous editor to remove the fence post above Vecchio’s head, sparking a major controversy.

So don’t be frightened, dear friend, if a sadness confronts you larger than any you have ever known, casting its shadow over all you do. You must think that something is happening within you, and remember that life has not forgotten you; it holds you in its hand and will not let you fall. Why would you want to exclude from your life any uneasiness, any pain, any depression, since you don’t know what work they are accomplishing within you?

create Letters to a Young Poet | Rainer Maria Rilke 

camera_alt Masao Yamamoto 

They laugh at me because I’m different; I laugh at them because they’re all the same.

create Kurt Cobain 

camera_alt Diego Bardone 

Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.

create Manon, Ballerina | Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 

camera_alt Gianni Berengo Gardin | Catania | 2001

Youth ends when egotism does; maturity begins when one lives for others.

create Gertrude | Hermann Hesse

camera_alt Untitled 11 | Alec Soth | Bogota | 2011

When we’re incomplete, we’re always searching for somebody to complete us. When, after a few years or a few months of a relationship, we find that we’re still unfulfilled, we blame our partners and take up with somebody more promising. This can go on and on–series polygamy–until we admit that while a partner can add sweet dimensions to our lives, we, each of us, are responsible for our own fulfillment. Nobody else can provide it for us, and to believe otherwise is to delude ourselves dangerously and to program for eventual failure every relationship we enter.

create Tom Robbins 

camera_alt Brassai | Paris

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.

create The Cost of Living | Arundhati Roy 

camera_alt Elissavet Notoglou 

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,— act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

create Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

camera_alt Sebastião Salgado 

We’re going to meet a lot of lonely people in the next week and the next month and the next year. And when they ask us what we’re doing, you can say, We’re remembering. That’s where we’ll win out in the long run. And someday we’ll remember so much that we’ll build the biggest goddamn steam-shovel in history and dig the biggest grave of all time and shove war in it and cover it up.

create Fahrenheit 451 | Ray Bradbury

camera_alt George Malandris 

You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.

create Charlie Chaplin 

camera_alt Craig Whitehead 

Whenever you feel like criticising any one…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.

create F. Scott Fitzgerald 

camera_alt Black and White Portraits of Homeless People | Lee Jeffries 

I have lived so long within the circle of this book [Tender Is The Night] and with these characters that often it seems to me that the real world does not exist but that only these characters exist, and, however pretentious that remark sounds….it is an absolute fact—so much so that their glees and woes are just exactly as important to me as what happens in life.

create F. Scott Fitzgerald 

camera_alt On the stage of life | Fan Ho | 1954

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

create Stranger in a Strange Land | Robert A. Heinlein 

camera_alt Robert Doisneau 

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

create Winston S. Churchill 

camera_alt Giorgos Kasapidis 

Few minds are spacious; few even have an empty place in them or can offer some vacant point. Almost all have narrow capacities and are filled by some knowledge that blocks them up. What a torture to talk to filled heads, that allow nothing from the outside to enter them! A good mind, in order to enjoy itself and allow itself to enjoy others, always keeps itself larger than its own thoughts. And in order to do this, these thoughts must be given a pliant form, must be easily folded and unfolded, so that they are capable, finally, of maintaining a natural flexibility.

All those short-sighted minds see clearly within their little ideas and see nothing in those of others; they are like those bad eyes that see from close range what is obscure and cannot perceive what is clear from afar. Night minds, minds of darkness.”

create The Notebooks of Joseph Joubert |  Joseph Joubert 

camera_alt Charlotte Greenwood demonstrating her flexibility at Metro Goldwin Mayer studios | Boris Lipnitzki | 1928

Among the rich you will never find a really generous man even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egotistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it.

create A Miscellany of Men | G.K. Chesterton 

camera_alt The King and Queen of a Senior Citizens Dance | Diane Arbus | 1970

We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and—in spite of True Romance magazines—we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely—at least, not all the time—but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don’t see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness.

create The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967 | Hunter S. Thompson 

camera_alt Robert Frank | 1948
Pedestrian Crossing Center White Line on 34th Street, New York

Any fool knows men and women think differently at times, but the biggest difference is this.
Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget.

create Robert Jordan 

camera_alt Untitled, Providence | Francesca Woodman | Rhode Island 

The poet, by composing poems, uses a language that is neither dead nor living, that few people speak, and few people understand.
We are the servants of an unknown force that lives within us, manipulates us, and dictates this language to us.

create Jean Cocteau 

camera_alt Jean Cocteau by Rogi André | 1936

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.

create The Catcher in the Rye | J.D. Salinger

camera_alt Reading Lady Chatterley on the tube the day Penguin published the first unexpurgated version | London 1960