"We took away your art because we thought it would reveal your souls. Or to put it more finely, we did it to prove you had souls at all." -Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go "All that lives is holy." --John Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath "What's great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coca Cola, Liz Taylor drinks Coca Cola, and just think, you can drink Coca Cola, too. A coke is a coke and no amount of money can get you a better coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the cokes are the same and all the cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it." --Andy Warhol "All children have to be deceived if they are to grow up without trauma." -Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go "Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, tress, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: 'It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.'" --Jim Jarmusch "I speak of love that comes to mind: The moon is faithful, although blind; She moves in thought she cannot speak. Perfect care has made her bleak. I never dreamed the sea so deep, The earth so dark; so long my sleep, I have become another child. I wake to see the world go wild." --Allen Ginsberg, An Eastern Ballad "When one man, for whatever reason, has an opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself." --Jean Jacques Cousteau, found in the movie "Rushmore" Sincerity is the only credential one needs to be successful, Semper ad meliora.