Jasmine Leung


"The beauty seen is partly in him who sees it." "One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." - Andre Gide Good Art sends a different message to everyone, Good Design sends the same message to everyone "Confusion now hath made his masterpiece." - William Shakespeare the things that hold stuff together are more important than the stuff "Art is one of the only justifications for pain." - Danny O'donoghue I believe half the unhappiness in life comes from people being afraid to go straight at things. - William J. Lock "A person with one watch always knows what time it is; A person with two watches always searches to identify the correct one; A person with ten watches is always reminded of the difficulty in measuring time." - proverb "Even a broken clock is right two times a day." - Jay-z "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be." - Douglas Adams “May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” ― Neil Gaiman Art is about experimenting and trying, in one way or the other, to reflect humanity. "It wasn't the file, it was the pie" - Charles Dickens from Great Expectations Adoration over appetite is love. "We don't want to be all the same, but we do want to understand each other." She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that's best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes: Thus mellowed to that tender light Which heaven to gaudy day denies. - Lord Byron from She Walks in Beauty Ultimately I think this song stands for the notion that, no matter how solid or stable or satisfying something is (whether it be a house, your beliefs or a relationship), nothing is permanent and no matter how tightly we hold onto things/people, sometimes they disappear anyway. Although it is sad in a certain respect, I think it really speaks more to enjoying the moments we have when we have them without any expectations of permanence. In other words, we can either focus on the tragedy of the fleeting nature of these things; the difficulty of choice between a past life and a new one; or we can focus on the beauty of the moments in which we live and have lived and will continue to live with the knowledge that they too will pass. - on Cinematic Orchestra - To Build A Home “...gods, religions and national boundaries are absolutely imaginary. They don't tend to exist. As soon as you pull back half a mile and look down at the Earth there are no national boundaries. There aren't even national boundaries when you get down and walk around. They're just imaginary lines we draw on maps. I just get fascinated by people who assume that things that are imaginary have no relevance to their lives.” - Neil Gaiman “I was…attacked for being a pasticheur, chided for composing “simple” music, blamed for deserting “modernism,” accused of renouncing my “true Russian heritage.” People who had never heard of, or cared about, the originals cried “sacrilege”: “The classics are ours. Leave the classics alone.” To them all my answer was and is the same: You “respect,” but I love.” —Igor Stravinsky “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” - J.K. Rowling “The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.” - Elie Wiesel "Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now." -Goethe "I don't want to do a cocktail party, I'd rather people left my shows and vomited. I prefer extreme reactions." - Lee Alexander McQueen "Everyone has the potential to be a horror. So don't turn your back on the reality that you could be one. Furthermore, realize that those you consider dangerous are no different than yourself. Everyone is a weapon in waiting. No one is exepmt. Given the nature of things these days, it seems that truth gets lost at border crossings and airports and so forth. It shouldn't. We're all equal in the evil and beauty we're capable of producing." - Matthew Good "I realized there was a sense and way of exploring the world that was very different from what most people teach today. It was about being inspired. It was about the art of discovery of new things. It was about experiencing the unknown without any clear map. It was about being in search of that private moment for any kind of lesson... And even if you were not at home but in a strange land navigating like that, turning left when you were supposed to turn right, you would feel at home everywhere and you would see everyone. You would be at the centre of everything and yet you would remain hidden from everybody." - Malcolm McLaren "How much has to be explored and discarded before reaching the naked flesh of feeling." - Claud Debussy "Art is the perpetual motion of illusion. The highest purpose of art is to inspire. What else can you do? What else can you do for anyone but to inspire them?" - Bob Dylan "If you've done enough falls, you know exactly what to do when you hit the ground." - Twyla Tharp 'The first people had the questions, and they were free. The second people had answers, and they became enslaved.' - Wind Eagle Modern Indian Medicine Woman “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have." "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination can take you anywhere." - Albert Einstein "Naïvety is a beautiful thing, and if you can put yourself into that feeling of being a child and thinking that way, the sky's the limit. You have to think, 'I want a mountain' or 'I want chocolate', or see something silly that sparks off loads of ideas that, if you're too adult, you'd find a reason why it wouldn't work... I'm very inquisitive by nature. I like knowing why things work, and getting an understanding can open the doors to trying new things and that's really exciting. My aim is discovering new things, satisfying my inquisitive mind. That's what I like," -Heston Blumenthal "Here's the truth: People, even regular people, are never just any one person with one set of attributes. It's not that simple. We're all at the mercy of the limbic system, clouds of electricity drifting through the brain. Every man is broken into twenty-four-hour fractions, and then again within those twenty-four hours. It's a daily pantomime, one man yielding control to the next: a backstage crowded with old hacks clamoring for their turn in the spotlight. Every week, every day. The angry man hands the baton over to the sulking man, and in turn to the sex addict, the introvert, the conversationalist. Every man is a mob, a chain gang of idiots. This is the tragedy of life. Because for a few minutes of every day, every man becomes a genius. Moments of clarity, insight, whatever you want to call them. The clouds part, the planets get in a neat little line, and everything becomes obvious. I should quit smoking, maybe, or here's how I could make a fast million, or such and such is the key to eternal happiness. That's the miserable truth. For a few moments, the secrets of the universe are opened to us. Life is a cheap parlor trick. But then the genius, the savant, has to hand over the controls to the next guy down the pike, most likely the guy who just wants to eat potato chips, and insight and brilliance and salvation are all entrusted to a moron or a hedonist or a narcoleptic. The only way out of this mess, of course, is to take steps to ensure that you control the idiots that you become. To take your chain gang, hand in hand, and lead them." - Memento Mori by Jonathan Nolan "Love isn't finding a perfect person. It's seeing an imperfect person perfectly." -Sam Keen "It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." -Oscar Wilde "''Hello, Tomorrow', I hope you will come when you are ready. Not when we pull you in. Not when we’re not ready. But when you are. When we’re ready for ourselves." -Mario 8) ”Success is the ability to move from one failure to the next with no loss of enthusiasm.” - Winston Churchill "space can dictate art, you can create time. time can dictate art, you can create space. you get the idea, and then you either do it, or you don’t. do it." - Amanda Fucking Palmer "Seligman pointed out that the entire history of psychology was based on finding treatments for dysfunction and disease. Psychological research was focused on depression, mania, and hysteria, and on what to do for people who suffered these maladies. His solution was to create the field of positive psychology, which focused on creating positive interventions for our lives that would proactively make us happy rather than treat us when we are sad. They found quite simply that once material needs are met, there are four factors that can help increase one's happiness. Being of service to something larger than yourself Experiencing "flow," or full engagement, on a regular basis Showing your gratitude to the people in your life Having at least three people emotionally close enough to share your life with." "The miracle of your mind isn't that you can see the world as it is. It is that you can see the world as it isn't." - Kathryn Schulz - Adam Werbach... for pointing it out (read awesome article: http://www.grist.org/article/the-birth-of-blue/) "we paved paradise to put up a parking lot" -that song... on the radio "Disable, (verb). To crush a spirit, to withdraw hope, to deflate curiosity, to promote an inability to see beauty, to deprive of imagination. To make abject. Ant. To make poss-able." -Mullins's New Thesaurus "When you are in love you can't fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams" - Dr. Seuss "Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator." - Gaudi "if you ask me, it’s pointless to try and divide oneself; choosing between different parts of yourself only confuses you and leaves voids. sometimes you should just do everything at once and hope for the best." - Hugo Arias 8) "I think I’m 100% a spiritual person. If I didn’t care about the world, I wouldn’t put something into it." - Marilyn Manson "The Arts and Sciences are manifestations of the same thing. It is our attempt to understand, influence and share the world around us. The difference is that Science provides an understanding of a universal experience and the Arts provides a universal understanding of a personal experience. It is foolish to choose one over the other because we need both in life." - Mae Jemison "We are social animals; hell is other people" -Nassim Nicholas Taleb "Be what I seek." - Janelle 8) "I will tell you what you need to know. Mr. Massey, you may think you're tough, but I eat men like you for breakfast. I've invested five good years in my marriage to Rex and I've nailed his ass fair and square. Now I'm going to have it stuffed, mounted, and have my lady friends come over and throw darts at it." - Intolerable Cruelty "He who seeks truth shall find beauty He who seeks beauty shall find vanity He who seeks order shall find gratification He who seeks gratification shall be disappointed He who considers himself a servant of his fellow beings shall find the joy of self expression He who seeks self expression shall fall into the pit of arrogance Arrogance is incompatible with nature Through nature the nature of the universe and the nature of man we shall seek truth If we seek truth we shall find beauty" - Moshe Safdie "It seems strange that my life should end in such a terrible place, but for three years I had roses and apologized to no one." - V for Vendetta Just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean that they don't love you with all they've got. I wish I could be your tear drops, for what more could anyone ask for then to be conceived in your heart, born in your eyes, live on your cheeks, and die on your lips. You belong in this world; this world where no one feels like they belong. This world is paralyzing. Don't walk as if you rule the world, Walk as if you don't care who rules the world! In an experience like that says, yes, this is enough. The encounter with beauty is so vivid, so immediate, so personal that it hardly seems to belong in the ordinary world. Most of the time our life is organized by our everyday concerns, but every now and then we find ourselves jolted out of our complacency in the presence of something vastly more important than our immediate desires and interests, something not of this world. Transcandental origin. Experience of beauty connects us wth the ultimate history of being. Presence of death: look at awe, reluctant to touch, not properly apart of our world Same sense of falling in love. The face and body of the beloved are imbued with the intensist life. But in one crucial respect they are like the body of someone dead. They seem not to belong in the everyday world. A monoculture doesn’t mean that everyone believes exactly the same thing or acts in exactly the same way, but that we end up sharing key beliefs and assumptions that direct our lives. Because a monoculture is mostly left unarticulated until it has been displaced years later, we learn its boundaries by trial and error. We somehow come to know how the mater story goes, though no one tells us exactly what the story is or what its rules are. We develop a strong sense of what’s expected of us at work, in our families and communities — even if we sometimes choose not to meet those expectations. We usually don’t ask ourselves where those expectations came from in the first place. They just exist — or they do until we find ourselves wishing things were different somehow, though we can’t say exactly what we would change, or how.” - F. S. Michaels delicate.decadent.dramatic.wonder.transcendental. You are responsible for your own happiness. :D

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