If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
—John Quincy Adams
I have felt the pulse of modern art and know that it will die. This knowledge, however, fills me not with despondency, but with joy. The monumental character of our art will disappear. We shall abandon our habit of clinging firmly to the past, our egotistical concern for permanence and immortality at any price: we shall let the past remain the past, the future - the future, and we shall live in the present, in the here and now and create works for the present age alone.
the fear of oblivion
Decide who you want to be in the future, then start acting like him or her right now. Do what it is that makes them who they are.
the seemingly malevolent behavior displayed by inanimate objects
A man who procrastinates in his CHOOSING will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance. So if you now number yourself among the disenchanted, then you have no choice but to accept things as they are, or to seriously seek something else. But beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living WITHIN that way of life. But you say, “I don’t know where to look; I don’t know what to look for.”
And there’s the crux. Is it worth giving up what I have to look for something better? I don’t know—is it? Who can make that decision but you? But even by DECIDING TO LOOK, you go a long way toward making the choice.
—Hunter S. Thompson
a wooden puppet, controlled by strings