inspirations: Nitch

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James Dean // "Whatever’s inside making me what I am, it’s like film. Film only works in the dark. Tear it all open and let in the light and you kill it."

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Franz Kafka // "I never wish to be easily defined. I’d rather float over other people’s minds as something strictly fluid and non-perceivable; more like a transparent, paradoxically...

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Yoko Ono // "Unclog your mind. Unclog your room. Arrange your room in a way you wish your mind would be."

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Claude Monet // "It really is appallingly difficult to do something which is complete in every respect, and I think most people are content with mere approximations. Well, my dear friend,...

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Susan Sontag // "The vast majority of people, those who could not afford to have a portrait painted, had no record of what they looked like as children. Today, we all have photographs...

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Banksy // "I don't know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget that invisibility is a superpower."

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Hunter S. Thompson // "Fear is a healthy instinct, not a sign of weakness. It is a natural self-defense mechanism that is common to felines, wolves, hyenas, and most humans. Even fruit...

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Miles Davis // "It took me twenty years study and practice to work up to what I wanted to play in this performance."

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Joni Mitchell // "This is what I think about people: They want, they want and they want. However, if I actually gave them what they wanted, then they'd just get sick of it... People...

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Hermann Hesse // "My story isn't pleasant, it's not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories; it tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people...

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Charles Bukowski // "Invent yourself and then reinvent yourself, don't swim in the same slough. Invent yourself and then reinvent yourself and stay out of the clutches of mediocrity....

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Tupac Shakur // "A lot of people...have a problem being true to themselves. They have a problem looking into the mirror and looking directly into their own souls. The reason I can...walk...

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Emma Gonzalez // "I have talked so much in the past few days that sometimes I feel like I might have used up all my words and I’ll never speak again... We are children who are being...

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William S. Burroughs // "The first and most important thing an individual can do is to become an individual again, decontrol himself, train himself as to what is going on and win back...

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Ernest Hemingway // "I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, "Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write...

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Bertolt Brecht // "Crisis takes place when the old has not died and the new has still not been born."

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J.K. Rowling // "One of the greatest formative experiences of my life...came in the form of one of my earliest day jobs...working at the African research department at Amnesty International’s...

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J.K. Rowling // "Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people’s places. Of course......

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James Baldwin // "People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction."

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Haruki Murakami // "We're both looking at the same moon, in the same world."

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Wes Anderson // "I have a way of filming things and staging them and designing sets. There were times when I thought I should change my approach, but in fact, this is what I like to...

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Jean Cocteau // "I have a piece of great and sad news to tell you: I am dead."

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Bob Dylan // "When I watch the news, I realize that the world is run by those that never listen to music."

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Vivienne Westwood // "There’s this idea that somehow you’ve got to keep changing things, and as often as possible. Maybe if people just decided not to buy anything for a while,...

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Arundhati Roy // "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing."

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Johnny Cash // "This morning, with her, having coffee."

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Simone de Beauvoir // "All day long I would be training myself to think, to understand, to criticize, to know myself; I was seeking for the absolute truth: this preoccupation did not...

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Sophia Loren // "I was not interested in what I could bring to myself...but in what I could bring out of myself."

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Albert Camus // "Go out for a walk. It doesn't have to be a romantic walk in the park... It doesn't have to be a walk during which you'll have multiple life epiphanies and discover...

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Stephen Hawking // "We are only the temporary custodians of the particles which we are made of. They will go on to lead a future existence in the enormous universe that made them."

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Stephen Hawking // "Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free."

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Stephen Hawking // "However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope."

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Bruce Lee // "Emptiness is the starting point. In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral....

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W.H. Auden // "There is a price for everything. Failures are either those who do not know what they want or are not prepared to pay the price... The price varies from individual to...

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Gordon Parks // "I picked up a camera because it was my choice of weapons against what I hated most about the universe: racism, intolerance, poverty. I could have just as easily picked...

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Albert Einstein // "Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder..."

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Federico Fellini // "Money is everywhere but so is poetry. What we lack are the poets."

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Joan Didion // "I have already lost touch with a couple of people I used to be."

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Katharine Hepburn // "You can't just be talented... You also have to become necessary to people, by working hard and well and bringing more than your bones and your skin to the project....

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Man Ray // "Unconcerned but not indifferent."

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Larry David // "I'd rather have the thieves than the neighbors...the thieves don't impose. Thieves just want your things, neighbors want your time. I'd rather give them things than...

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Hayao Miyazaki // "In order to grow...you must betray their expectations."

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Frida Kahlo // "I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you."

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Joni Mitchell // "I was demanding of myself a deeper and greater honesty, more and more revelation in my work in order to give it back to the people...where it goes into their lives...

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David Lynch // "I long for a kind of quiet where I can just drift and dream. I always say getting inspiration is like fishing. If you're quiet and sitting there and you have the right...

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Audrey Hepburn // "I believe, every day, you should have at least one exquisite moment."

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Charles Bukowski // "Generally speaking, you're free until you're about 4 years old. Then you go to grammar school and then you start becoming...oriented and shoved into areas. You...

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Bruce Lee // "Because one does not want to be disturbed, to be made uncertain, he establishes a pattern of conduct, of thought, a pattern of relationship to man... Then he becomes a...

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Jack Nicholson // "You look at someone long enough, you discover their humanity."

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Yayoi Kusama // "With just one polka dot, nothing can be achieved."

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Zadie Smith // "When I write I am trying to express my way of being in the world. This is primarily a process of elimination. Once you have removed all the dead language, the second-hand...

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John Malkovich // "I've permitted myself to learn and to fail with some regularity."

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Bill Murray // "Just beat my record for most consecutive days without dying."

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Patti Smith (& Robert Mapplethorpe) // "He asked...'Did art get us?' The question for me wasn't if art got us. The question was, 'Do we regret that?' I know art got us, because if art...

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James Dean // "Only the gentle are ever really strong."

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Anthony Bourdain // "There is no lying in the kitchen. And no god there, either. He couldn’t help you anyway. You either can...or can’t...make an omelet. You either can...or can’t...chop...

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Vincent van Gogh // "I can't change the fact that my paintings don't sell. But the time will come when people will recognize that they are worth more than the value of the paints used...

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James Baldwin // "Perhaps the primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid: the state of being alone... Most...

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Vivienne Westwood // "I'm not terribly interested in beauty. What touches me is someone who understands herself."

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Karl Pilkington // "If I had to give up my mouth or my ears, I'd definitely get rid of my mouth. You learn nothing from your own talking. I know everything I'm going to say, I never...

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John F. Kennedy // "The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things...

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Jorge Luis Borges // "What I'm really concerned about is reaching one person. And that person may be myself for all I know."

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James Thurber // "Beautiful things don't ask for attention."

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Juliette Binoche // "In order to create, the need to express has to be bigger than the fear."

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas // "Don’t think it is enough to...sit there like a lump. Be a nuisance where it counts... Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action....

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Henry Miller // "Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths."

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Tennessee Williams // "I will read long books and the journals of dead writers. I will feel closer to them than I ever felt to people I used to know before I withdrew from the world....

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Richard Avedon // "I often feel that people come to me to be photographed as they would go to a doctor or a fortune teller...to find out how they are."

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Paul Newman // "I check my pulse and if I can find it, I know I've got a chance."

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Diane Arbus // "I work from awkwardness. By that I mean I don't like to arrange things. If I stand in front of something, instead of arranging it, I arrange myself."

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Noam Chomsky // "Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for...

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Richard Feynman // "I have approximate answers, and possible beliefs, and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I'm not absolutely sure of anything."

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Charles Bukowski // "Nobody can save you but yourself. You will be put again and again into nearly impossible situations. They will attempt again and again...to make you submit, quit...

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Sade Adu // "The anxiety I feel when I'm late is nothing like the anxiety I feel when I'm on time."

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Muhammad Ali // "I’m gonna show you how great I am."

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Carl Sagan // "One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person...perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millenia, the author is speaking, clearly and...

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George Bernard Shaw // "It is all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date."

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Ernest Hemingway // "Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry: Worry...

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Marilyn Monroe // "Couldn’t we end this interview with what I really want to say? That what the world really needs is a real feeling of kinship. Everybody...we are all brothers. If...

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James Baldwin // "The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious, one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated." . @marchforourlives...

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David Bowie // "And these children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds; are immune to your consultations, they are quite aware of what they are going through." . @marchforourlives

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Sam Haskins // "A photographer went to a socialite party in New York. As he entered the front door, the host said 'I love your pictures...they're wonderful; you must have a fantastic...

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Ian McKellen // "Try and understand what part you have to play in the world in which you live. There’s more to life than you know and it’s all happening out there. Discover what...

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Lauren Bacall // "Standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards in a rapidly changing world."

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John Lennon // "A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."

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Ayn Rand // "The man who refuses to judge, who neither agrees nor disagrees, who declares that there are no absolutes and believes that he escapes responsibility, is the man responsible...

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Ornette Coleman // "I don't try to please when I play. I try to cure."

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Jean Cocteau // "Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work. Note just what it is about your work that critics don't like...then cultivate it. That's the only part of your...

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Barack Obama // "What sustains our relationship...has to do with the fact that she is at once completely familiar to me, so that I can be myself and she knows me very well and I trust...

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Paramahansa Yogananda // "Millions of people never analyze themselves. Mentally they are mechanical products of the factory of their environment, preoccupied with breakfast, lunch,...

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Samuel Beckett // "The creation of the world did not take place once and for all time, but takes place every day."

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Frida Kahlo // "You deserve the best, the very best, because you are one of the few people...who are honest to themselves, and that is the only thing that really counts."

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Michelangelo Antonioni // "I think people talk too much; that's the truth of the matter. I do. I don't believe in words. People use too many words and usually wrongly. I am sure that...

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Jimi Hendrix // "To change the world, you must first change your mind."

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Henry Miller // "One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."

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George Orwell // "If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them."

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John Cleese // "Research has shown that constant relocation in childhood is often associated with creativity. It seems that the creative impulse is sparked by the need to reconcile...

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Dalai Lama // "This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness."

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Whoopi Goldberg // "It never occurs to me that there are things that I cannot do."

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Tennessee Williams // "The world is violent and mercurial...it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love...love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we...