John Burroughs

Man can have but one interest in nature, namely to see himself, reflected or interpreted there.


Daniel Boorstin

Two centuries ago when a great man appeared, people looked for God’s purpose in him; today we look for his press agent…Among the ironic frustrations of our age, none is more tantalizing than these efforts of ours to satisfy our extravagant expectations of human greatness.  Vainly do we make scores of artificial celebrities grow where nature planted only a single hero.


Being mean won’t make you cool, being rich won’t make you cool, and having the right clothes, while it may help, won’t make you cool.  It’s cool to be kind.  It’s cool to be weird.  It’s cool to be honest and to be secure with yourself. 

Sophia Amoruso, CEO of Nasty Gal


The 25th of December

She protested that Christmas was special, it being presumed the birthday of Jesus Christ–or was that one more thing in which he didn’t believe?

“Um, well, it’s like this, Domino: I’ve always assumed that every time a child is born, the Divine reenters the world.  Okay?  That’s the meaning of the Christmas story.  And every time that child’s purity is corrupted by society, that’s the meaning of the Crucifixion story.  Your man Jesus stands for that child, that pure spirit, and as its surrogate, he’s being born and put to death again and again, over and over, every time we inhale and exhale, not just at the vernal equinox and on the twenty-fifth of December.”

excerpt from Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates by Tom Robbins