"Put your head on your heart," the old man said. "Inside you, there is a power, there are ideas, thoughts that no one has ever thought of, there is the strength to love, purely and intensely, and to have someone love you back--there is the power to make people happy, and to make people laugh--it's full compliments, and the power to change lives and futures. Don't forget that power, and don't ever give up on it." -Atticus
Go and love someone exactly as they are. And then watch how quickly they transform into the greatest, truest version of themselves. When one feels seen and appreciated in their own essence, one is instantly empowered.
"Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for." (R.I.P. Robin William's character, John Keating, in Dead Poets Society)
“The truly creative mind is inhumanly sensitive. To her a touch is a blow, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create so that without the creating of music, poetry or books , her very breath is cut off from her. She must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency she is not really alive unless she is creating.” -Pearl Buck
“Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences… That solves a lot of problems … Art is something that happens, a process, not a quality, and all sorts of things can make it happen… [W]hat makes a work of art ‘good’ for you is not something that is already ‘inside’ it, but something that happens inside you…” -Brian Eno
"I rarely think about how old I am or how old anyone else is -- age is just a number. What matters to me is how engaged, curious, and interesting a person is." -- Martha Stewart, Living the Good Long Life