“Ah, but I love to draw beautiful words, like trumpets of light…I adore you, words who are sensitive to our sufferings, words in red and lemon yellow, words in the steel-blue colour of certain insects, words with the scent of vibrant skills, subtle words of fragrant roses and seaweed, prickly words of sky-blue wasps. words with powerful snouts, words of spotless ermine, words spat out by the sands of the sea, words greener than Cyrene fleece, discreet words whispered by fishes in the pink ears of shells, bitter words, tornado and storm-tossed words, being beaten, evil words, festive words, tornado and storm-tossed words, windy words, reedy words, the wise words of children, rainy, tearful words, words without rhyme or reason, I love you! I love you!”
— James Ensor, belgian printmaker and painter on language. (via beingblog)


Lisa Congdon's compendium of hand-lettered wisdom on life from some of history’s greatest minds


“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward.

There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lay defeat and death.”

~Nelson Mandela from Long Walk to Freedom

Photo by Daniel Hoherd / Flickr, cc by-nc 2.0


“I love stories. Stories have saved my life, and I also question stories even as I tell them…We all have stories to tell…It’s the complexity of the human heart that I think is poetry’s subject — the complexity of the human experience. I think the best poets writing today represent that complexity in the broadest, deepest sense.”

~Marie Howe from an interview with AGNI photo by Tony Roberts / Flickr, cc by-nc-sa 2.0

James Blake - A Case Of You (Joni Mitchell cover) (by jamesblakeproduction)


Illustration by Garth Williams for The Cricket in Times Square

One of my favorite books ever. I can still remember it being read aloud to me. Love.

(via teachingliteracy)

““In the ecological age, we are beginning to understand that we are connected beings, that the welfare of any species or people is aligned with our own. I think the ultimate purpose of Occupy Wall Street, or the great archetype it taps into, is the revolution of love. If the 99% defeat the 1%, they will like the Bolsheviks ultimately create a new 1% in their place. So let us not defeat them; let us open them and invite them to join us. ” ~ Charles Eisenstein”