Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. Cecil Beaton
To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly. Talk gently, act frankly... To listen to stars and buds. To babes and sages, with open heart; await occasions, hurry never. This is my symphony. // William Henry Channing
"I want to live simply. I want to sit by the window when it rains and read books I'll never be tested on. I want to paint because I want to, not because I've got something to prove. [...] I want not to be governed by money or clocks or any of the artificial restraints that humanity imposes on itself. I want to be, boundless and infinite."