The people believe that those who do not think as they do are fools. For that reason, they take me for such, and I am grateful, because woe is me! The day the would wish to give me back my sanity, that day they’ll deprive me of the little liberty that I have bought at the cost of my reputation as a rational being. And who knows if they are right? I neither think nor live according to their laws; my principles, my ideals are different.

create  José Rizal 

camera_alt Trezdouz | Tokyo

I’m going to enjoy every second, and I’m going to know I’m enjoying it while I’m enjoying it. Most people don’t live; they just race. They are trying to reach some goal far away on the horizon, and in the heat of the going they get so breathless and panting that they lose sight of the beautiful, tranquil country they are passing through; and then the first thing they know, they are old and worn out, and it doesn’t make any difference whether they’ve reached the goal or not.

create Jean Webster 

camera_alt The Balloon Merchant | George Brassaï | 1931

If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.

create Factotum | Charles Bukowski 

camera_alt Isolation | Kenji Gunderson 

I regard the theater as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. This supremacy of the theatre derives from the fact that it is always now on the stage.

create Thornton Wilder

camera_alt Amors | Stefania Goulioti, Argyris Pandazaras | © Nikos Pandazaras | 2017

Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.

create All the Pretty Horses | Cormac McCarthy

camera_alt Space², Providence | Francesca Woodman | Rhode Island | 1975-1978

I’ve never been lonely. I’ve been in a room – I’ve felt suicidal. I’ve been depressed. I’ve felt awful — awful beyond all — but I never felt that one other person could enter that room and cure what was bothering me…or that any number of people could enter that room. In other words, loneliness is something I’ve never been bothered with because I’ve always had this terrible itch for solitude. It’s being at a party, or at a stadium full of people cheering for something, that I might feel loneliness. I’ll quote Ibsen, “The strongest men are the most alone.” I’ve never thought, “Well, some beautiful blonde will come in here and give me a fuck-job, rub my balls, and I’ll feel good.” No, that won’t help. You know the typical crowd, “Wow, it’s Friday night, what are you going to do? Just sit there?” Well, yeah. Because there’s nothing out there. It’s stupidity. Stupid people mingling with stupid people. Let them stupidify themselves. I’ve never been bothered with the need to rush out into the night. I hid in bars, because I didn’t want to hide in factories. That’s all. Sorry for all the millions, but I’ve never been lonely. I like myself. I’m the best form of entertainment I have. Let’s drink more wine!

create Charles Bukowski

camera_alt The best seat in Yosemite | Christian Fernandez 

Down a long, long corridor
I keep walking…

—A window straight ahead so bright it hurts the eyes,
reflective walls on both sides.
Sunlight, me,
I stand with the sunlight.

—The sunlight is so intense!
So warm people stop in their tracks,
so bright people hold their breath.
All the light in the universe collects here.

—I don’t know that anything else exists.
There is only me, leaning on the sunlight,
stopping for ten seconds.
Ten seconds can be as long
as a quarter century!

At last, I rush down the stairs,
pull open the door,
dash about in the spring sunlight…

create I feel the sun | Wang Xiaoni 

camera_alt Nuttawut Jaroenchai
A young monk in Myanmar’s ancient city of Bagan has found a quiet spot to read. The archway behind him offers shade and neatly frames a nearby pagoda, thousands of which dot the Bagan landscape.

We die to each other daily. What we know of other people is only our memory of the moments during which we knew them.
And they have changed since then. To pretend that they and we are the same is a useful and convenient social convention which must sometimes be broken.
We must also remember that at every meeting we are meeting a stranger.

create The Cocktail Party | T.S. Eliot 

camera_alt Shanghai #517 | Julie Saul | 2007

I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.

create Simone de Beauvoir

camera_alt Saul Leiter | 1963

Know thyself? If I knew myself, I’d run away.

create Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

camera_alt Barbara or Margaret | Saul Leiter | 1955

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