Romeo and Juliet is tragic because two lovers so nearly lived out their hearts and dreams, and lost everything. The tragedy is not their death: it’s the gap with what could have been instead.
— You will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not, by Oliver Emberton (on Quora)
My studio! But I never have had one, and personally I don’t understand why anybody would want to shut themselves up in some room
— Claude Monet, French impressionist painter.
Classic is consensus. It’s not something one person can choose. People have to agree, over the years, that something is significant. Things like the Zippo lighter, the Volkswagen Beetle, Ferrari racing cars, Rembrandt’s self-portraits, Japanese woodblocks – these are all things that are unbelievably good, and have been judged over time to be so. (…) In each case, the creator has come up with the perfect answer to a problem, and that answer becomes a classic.
— Star quality, article from KLM’s Holland Herald March 2013.
As long as there is wilderness, I know there is a larger part of myself that I can always visit, vast tracts of territory lying dormant, craving exploration and providing sanctity.
— Life After God, Douglas Coupland