An active and sensate democracy requires that we learn how to read well, not just texts but images and sounds, to


Give me to hold all sounds […] Fill me with all the voices of the universe.


Perhaps our only privilege is to be alive and know we’re all going to die together or separately.


If the book doesn’t have that miraculous, unspeakable thing that makes common words, word heard thousands of times, lash out


You never meet the right people at the wrong time, because the right people are timeless.

“I know it’s not easy for you, living this life, but try to remember, always try to remember, you’re not the only one

This century, for all its wealth and with all its communication systems, is the century of banishment […]


"Whether we want it or not , we are traveling in spiral. We are all trying to create something from what is gone. "

I first felt hopeless admiration when I watched him come off the court after a game of tennis, pulling off his shirt as


“I am the wisest…for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” - Plato, The Republic

“Sometimes I feel as though there are two me’s, one coating directly on top of the other: the superficial me, who nods when he’

“What could be a more innocent or harmless pastime for a young girl than reading?” - Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

“There are a few great souls in my life. They are not many. They are few. You are one.” - Anne Sexton, A Self-Portrait

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will


“This is the secret of the stars, I tell myself. In the end, we are alone. No matter how close you seem, no one else can

How wonderful it is to be silent with someone.

“I don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they’re going to get tired of

“We…need to forgive ourselves…For all the things we didn’t do. All the things we should have done. You can’t get stuck on

“Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew; if the transmission should

“I’m sure those are not the right words…” - Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Be nice to people even if your own heart is breaking, because there's no need to break theirs too.


“When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time. You’d be shocked at how many adults are really