“No good has ever come from feeling guilty, neither intelligence, policy, nor compassion. The guilty do not pay attention to the object but only to themselves, and not even to their own interests, which might make sense, but to their anxieties.”
– Paul Goodman, 1968
“The one responsibility a city has is the encouragement of the possibility of excellence. The extent to which it addresses this duty is how, in comparison to the great cities of the world, it will be judged. Excellence of education, excellence of health care, excellence of baseball, of public transportation, of commerce, of charity, of waterfront, excellence of art galleries, excellence of justice, excellence of opera – to name but a few of the impossible ambitions of a city that might aspire to greatness.
It is not necessarily the city’s responsibility to achieve these goals, or to pay for them, but it is its job to make room for their possibility, and to celebrate when, against so many odds, that possibility becomes reality.
That’s what cities are for.”
–David Macfarlane, Toronto author and journalist
“Credo for Creative Cities
Creativity owns imagination. And imagination is what builds our cities.
Creativity commands the allegiance and love of the creative person
as a way of being, living, thinking. The imagination that comes of that
allegiance is powerful, self-renewing, and tireless in delight. It
permeates all aspects of civic life. It is the only limitless resource.
To know this is to release an industry in perpetual motion. Allegiance
to true creativity deﬁnes imagination against the myopia of market
greed. For the ethos of creativity left unchecked, by its natural
genius, instructs all witnesses to the shared project of wonder. This is
what makes a city great, a society great and, yes, even productive.
Creativity must become a way of life. It is not a question of
‘sustainability’ but of survival, and the beauty that inspires it. And the
kinds of risks that true creativity demands are crucial to that end.”
–Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Poet Laureate of Toronto
“Critical thinking consists of seeing both sides of an issue, being open to new evidence that disconfirms your ideas, reasoning dispassionately, demanding that claims be backed by evidence, deducing and inferring conclusions from available facts, solving problems, and so forth.”
–Daniel T. Willingham
“So, we’re all just floating along like twigs in a stream, so enjoy the ride. Is that it?”
— U-Turn, Oliver Stone / (John Ridley – book and screenplay)
“Time is the element in which we exist. … We are either borne along by it or drowned in it.”
— Joyce Carol Oates
“Feynman, I know why all electrons have the same charge and the same mass” “Why?” “Because, they are all the same electron!”
— Nobel laureate Richard Feynman’s thesis advisor, John Wheeler, proposing the hypothesis in a telephone call to Feynman in the spring of 1940
“We ought to read only books that bite and sting us. If the book we are reading doesn’t shake us awake like a blow on the skull, why bother reading it in the first place?…What we need are books that hit us like a most painful misfortune, like the death of someone we loved more than we love ourselves, that make us feel as though we had been banished to the woods, far from any human presence, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”
~ Franz Kafka
“for the male sickness of self-contempt the surest cure is to be loved by a clever woman.”
– Nietzsche in ‘Human, All Too Human’, 1878
“Grace: So I’m arrogant. I’m arrogant because I forgive people?
The Big Man: My God. Can’t you see how condescending you are when you say that? You have this preconceived notion that nobody, listen, that nobody can’t possibly attain the same high ethical standards as you, so you exonerate them. I can not think of anything more arrogant than that. You… you forgive others with excuses that you would never in the world permit for yourself.”
— Lars Von Trier’s 2003 film ‘Dogville’
“In its way, suicide settles the absurd.”
— Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus
”All men fear death. It’s a natural fear that consumes us all. We fear death because we feel that we haven’t loved well enough or loved at all, which ultimately are one and the same. However, when you make love with a truly great woman, one that deserves the utmost respect in this world and one that makes you feel truly powerful, that fear of death completely disappears. Because when you are sharing your body and heart with a great woman the world fades away. You two are the only ones in the entire universe. You conquer what most lesser men have never conquered before, you have conquered a great woman’s heart, the most vulnerable thing she can offer to another. Death no longer lingers in the mind. Fear no longer clouds your heart. Only passion for living, and for loving, become your sole reality. This is no easy task for it takes insurmountable courage. But remember this, for that moment when you are making love with a woman of true greatness you will feel immortal.”
– Hemingway’s character in Woody Allen’s 2011 film ‘Midnight in Paris’