Monday, April 30, 2012

Don Van Vliet

I don't look like a desert person because I stay indoors most of the day and fool around at night. That's what the desert animals do - they don't have a tan either.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Art Carney (1918-2003)

There I was, an 18-year-old mimic rooming with a blind whistler.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Amiri Baraka

A man is either free or he is not. There cannot be any apprenticeship for freedom.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Clint Eastwood

I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Jackie Gleason (1916-1987)

Our dreams are firsthand creations, rather than residues of waking life. We have the capacity for infinite creativity; at least while dreaming, we partake of the power of the Spirit, the infinite Godhead that creates the cosmos.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943)

I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success... such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Chuck Mangione

Because I don't believe music can be free unless it has something to be free from.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)

After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future of the world hangs.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Bruce Cockburn

All I ever thought was, 'I'm going to do this as long as I can, and if I can't get paid at it, I'll be a bum doing it.' And so, here I am.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Jean Paul Sartre (1905-1980)

It is better; heavier, crueler. The mouth you wear for hell.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Gary Snyder

There are those who love to get dirty and fix things. They drink coffee at dawn, beer after work. And those who stay clean, just appreciate things. At breakfast they have milk and juice at night. There are those who do both, they drink tea.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Al Purdy (1918-2000)

'A collected poems' is either a gravestone or a testimonial to survival.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Ian Anderson

Seek that which within lies waiting to begin the fight of your life that is everyday.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Ben Johnson (1572-1631)

Drink to me only with thine eyes, And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss but in the cup And I'll not look for wine.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Oscar Peterson (1925-2007)

You not only have to know your own instrument, you must know the others and how to back them up at all times. That's jazz.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Abraham Lincoln

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

David Crosby

The people who run record companies now wouldn't know a song if it flew up their nose and died. They haven't a clue, and they don't care. You tell them that, and they go, Yeah? So, your point is?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Patty Duke

Human beings have speculated about the relationship between inspiration and insanity for centuries.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

June Jordan

I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

An overflow of good converts to bad.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

These are international criminals, and the spineless Democrats are doing nothing about it.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)

I keep coming back to you in my head, but you couldn't know that, and I have no carbons.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005)

The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.