Ralph Waldo Emerson on beauty

"We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly meets its end."


Max Ernst on juxtaposition

“Creativity is that marvelous capacity to grasp mutually distinct realities and draw a spark from their juxtaposition.” 

Robert Frost on discovery

"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader. But another distinction I made is: however sad, no grievance, grief without grievance."

E. B. White on sound

“Writing is not an exercise in excision, it’s a journey into sound.”

Virginia Woolf on style

“Style is a very simple matter; it is all rhythm. Once you get that, you can't use the wrong words. But on the other hand here am I sitting after half the morning, crammed with ideas, and visions, and so on, and can't dislodge them, for lack of the right rhythm. Now this is very profound, what rhythm is, and goes far deeper than any words. A sight, an emotion, creates this wave in the mind, long before it makes words to fit it.”

Mahatma Gandhi on freedom

"Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes."

Socrates on happiness

"The secret to happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less."

A Swedish proverb

"Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours."

Albert Einstein on simplicity

"Out of clutter find simplicity; from discord find harmony; in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."