Quotables

It’s hard to be sad and useful at the same time.

This quote comes from a snippet of dialog from an old Spencer Tracy movie in which Tracy was admonishing a young, beautiful socialite who was down on her luck and feeling sorry for herself. I offer it here because it’s a reminder that an effective antidote for depression can often be a shift of focus away from our own interior …

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Without aspirations we are nothing but meat with habits :: Nancy Ellen Abrams

I read this quote in a recent article by scientist/philosopher Nancy Ellen Abrams on the NPR website and let out a “bwaaa-hah” that sent my cat into the next room. Love the pull-no-punches ideas from this author and this quote from her is both inspiring and a little sobering. And because I can’t help from …

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Be the Hero of Your Own Story

I wrote this line but it’s probably not original—don’t care, didn’t check. It felt authentic in the moment. I’d created the little flying dude a while ago after looking at a book of primitive African motifs. He represents some kind of hybrid bat/man in African mythology. So… bat + man = Batman = hero = hero myth = Joseph Campbell = follow your passion = be the …

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Rumi-nations

This quote hit me where I live, pun intended. A “guest house” is a perfect and profound metaphor for the daily experience of being human and standing at that threshold where we either invite in the “unexpected visitor” or send him packing along with his freaking “crowd of sorrows”. Rumi crushes it again.

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainty” — Erich Fromm

This poster is a commissioned piece by the Dutch magazine Flow for their upcoming DIY issue. The lettering was hand drawn and loosely based on the slab-serif font Rockwell Bold. The illustration was hand rendered using Illustrator and brought onto a layered, hi-res Photoshop file. One side effect of hand-lettering quotes is that you’re forced …

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Serenity Now!

From one of the greatest Seinfeld episodes ever. George Castanza’s father admonishes us all to just chill. And do it now, dammit.

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