"Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself...It's a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent." | Harper Lee
"What I am in the eyes of most people--a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person--somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest o f the low. All right, then--even if that were absolutely true, then I should like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart."
Vincent Van Gogh (in a letter to his brother in 1882. Van Gogh's work went almost totally unrecognized during his lifetime).
"October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces." | J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
It was November--the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hims of the sea, passionate wind--songs in the pines." | L. M. Montgomery
I'm nearly desperate this morning for a the mountains, or a small new England town--the trees aflame with that wondrous orange. Instead I will settle for the very lucky option that is Manhattan and give thanks that a full and good month awaits me. It really is my favorite time of the year, this autumnal season with it's cool breezes and silent rhythms. It is a season in-between. A held breath. And hopeful anticipation.
A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid anymore. | John Steinbeck, East of Eden
If you are willing to look at another person's behavior toward you as a reflection of the state of their relationship with themselves rather than a statement about your value as a person, then you will, over a period of time cease to react at all. | Yogi Bhajan
When the world and your mind tells you to settle, you stand up and yell "I am worth more than a timeline!" Because beauty is found in every season, and one does not demand the flowers to bloom until spring has begun, so should it be with your love. Wait and grow, the sun will come in due time, and you will bloom and show the world your worth. | T.B. LaBerge
I think how quickly things have changed for me. But that's the personality of change, isn't it? When it's slow, it's called growth; when it's fast, it's change. And God, how things change: some things, nothings, anythings, everythings...all the things change." | David Arnold, Mosquitoland
That country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay...That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. | Ray Bradbury, October Country