One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
We have two American flags always: one for the rich and one for the poor. When the rich fly it means that things are under control; when the poor fly it means danger, revolution, anarchy.
The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.
I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.
If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself.
We live in the mind, in ideas, in fragments. We no longer drink in the wild outer music of the streets - we remember only.
The world dies over and over again, but the skeleton always gets up and walks.
In the attempt to defeat death man has been inevitably obliged to defeat life, for the two are inextricably related. Life moves on to death, and to deny one is to deny the other.
One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though admittedly the most outrageous liar. Fiction and invention are of the very fabric of life.
The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble.
One of the reasons why so few of us ever act, instead of react, is because we are continually stifling our deepest impulses.
The worst sin that can be committed against the artist is to take him at his word, to see in his work a fulfillment instead of an horizon.
Life is 440 horsepower in a 2-cylinder engine.
The world is not to be put in order; the world is order, incarnate. It is for us to harmonize with this order.
Whatever I do is done out of sheer joy; I drop my fruits like a ripe tree. What the general reader or the critic makes of them is not my concern.
If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.
What does it matter how one comes by the truth so long as one pounces upon it and lives by it?
Life is constantly providing us with new funds, new resources, even when we are reduced to immobility. In life's ledger there is no such thing as frozen assets.
The prisoner is not the one who has commited a crime, but the one who clings to his crime and lives it over and over.
The tragedy of it is that nobody sees the look of desperation on my face. Thousands and thousands of us, and we're passing one another without a look of recognition.
Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.
Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring.
Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.