Don’t be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.
— Arthur Miller, playwright and essayist (1915-2005)
In a poet defamiliarization is a neurological pathology of perception that happens to be very useful only for making art—for helping the reader, for whom this burden is not the ordinary state of affairs, recover the vivacity and beauty of seeing the world as a child and approaching routine experiences as if they are unfamiliar.
When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money.
— Alanis Obomsawin, filmmaker
For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.
— H.L. Mencken
No battle is ever won, he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.
— -William Faulkner, novelist (1897-1962)