A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.

"Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five


Beautiful photo taken by the talented Andy Johnson.

"It matters not how strait the gate, 
How charged with punishments the scroll, 
I am the master of my fate: 
I am the captain of my soul.”

- William Ernest Henley, Echoes of Life and Death

"Happiness has got to be paid for. You’re paying for it, Mr. Watson–paying because you happen to be too much interested in beauty. I was too much interested in truth; I paid too."


- Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

"There is no means of testing which decision is better, because there is no basis for comparison. We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold. And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself? That is why life is always like a sketch. No, "sketch" is not quite a word, because a sketch is an outline of something, the groundwork for a picture, whereas the sketch that is our life is a sketch for nothing, an outline with no picture."
- Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

- Anaïs Nin

"The goals we pursue are always veiled. A girl who longs for marriage longs for something she knows nothing about. The boy who hankers after fame has no idea what fame is. The thing that gives our every move its meaning is always totally unknown to us."
- Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

"Ideas are born; they have their infancy, their youth - their time of stress and struggle - they succeed, they grow senile, they nod, they sleep, they die; they are buried and remain in their graves for ages. And then they come again in the garb of youth, to slaughter and slay - and inspire and liberate. And this death and resurrection goes on forever. In time, there is nothing either new or old: there is only the rising and the falling of the Infinite Tide."

- The Liberators: Being Adventures in the City of Fine Minds, Elbert Hubbard

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I could draw Kurt Vonnegut quotes all day long.

"You will hear thunder and remember me, And think: she wanted storms. The rim Of the sky will be the colour of hard crimson, And your heart, as it was then, will be on fire.”
- Anna Akhmatova

"You will hear thunder and remember me,
And think: she wanted storms. The rim
Of the sky will be the colour of hard crimson,
And your heart, as it was then, will be on fire.”


- Anna Akhmatova

"God isn’t compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make a choice. Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness."
- Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

"God isn’t compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make a choice. Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness."


- Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

"Most people…are like a falling leaf that drifts and turns in the air, flutters, and falls to the ground. But a few others are like stars which travel one defined path: no wind reaches them, they have within themselves their guide and path."


- Hermann Hesse