Thursday, December 31, 2009

Luisa and Thinker wish you a Happy New Year!!

Be yourself, everybody else is already taken.
Oscar Wilde

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A city for me

Let the sofa be mountains, the carpet be sea,
There I'll establish a city for me.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Love match

To love is to place our happiness in the happiness of another.
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Monday, December 28, 2009

The city

The city, however, does not tell its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand.
Italo Calvino

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Illumined freedom.

Let my love like sunlight surround you, yet give you illumined freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore


The skylines lit up at dead of night, the air-conditioning systems
cooling empty hotels in the desert and artificial light in the middle
of the day all have something both demented and admirable about them.
The mindless luxury of a rich civilization, and yet of a civilization
perhaps as scared to see the lights go out as was the hunter in his
primitive night.
- Jean Baudrillard

Friday, December 25, 2009


Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
- Søren Kierkegaard

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

What if

What if, when this fog scatters and flies upward, the whole rotten,
slimy city goes with it, rises with the fog and vanishes like smoke.
- Fyodor Dostoevsky

Silences and nights into words.

I turned silences and nights into words. What was unutterable, I wrote
down. I made the whirling world stand still.
- Arthur Rimbaud

Monday, December 21, 2009

It stands as a scar.

Reading a book is only the first step in the relationship. After
you've finished it, the book enters on its real career. It stands
there as a badge, a blackmailer, a monument, a scar.
Anatole Broyard


But my memories are like a fire in winter—whenever I'm cold I can warm my hands at them.
- Madeleine L'Engle

Sunday, December 20, 2009


I have never been aware before how many faces there are. There are quantities of human beings, but there are many more faces, for each person has several.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The clear view

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
Jean-Paul Sartre

Friday, December 18, 2009

The best mirror we've got

The best mirror is an old friend.
George Herbert

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The world is so empty

The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

White in my hair

I dread no more the first white in my hair, Or even age itself, the easy shoe, The cane, the wrinkled hands, the special chair: Time, doing this to me, may alter too My anguish, into something I can bear.
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Love quote

He who wants to do good knocks at the gate; he who loves finds the gate open.
Rabindranath Tagore

Monday, December 14, 2009

Watching the moods

The poet is a man who lives at last by watching his moods. An old poet comes at last to watch his moods as narrowly as a cat does a mouse.
Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Love your choice.

Choose your love, Love your choice.
Thomas S. Monson

Wide sea

Wide sea, that one continuous murmur breeds along the pebbled shore of memory!
- Keats, John

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Happiness is like those palaces in fairytales whose gates are guarded
by dragons: We must fight in order to conquer it.
Alexandre Dumas

Hope is like a road

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when
many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.
- Yutang Lin

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

people have been banned.

Human rights pale beside the rights of machines. In more and more
cities, especially in the great metropolises of the South, people have
been banned. Automobiles usurp human space, poison the air, and
frequently murder the interlopers who invade their conquered territory
-and no one lifts a finger to stop them. Is there a difference between
violence that kills by car and that which kills by knife or bullet?
- Eduardo Galeano

Tree at my window

Tree at my window, window tree, My sash is lowered when night comes
on; But let there never be curtain drawn Between you and me.
- Robert Frost

Monday, December 7, 2009

The neighborhood stores

The neighborhood stores are an important part of a city child's life.
- Betty Smith

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Love quote

You people with hearts have something to guide you, and need never do wrong; but I have no heart, and so I must be very careful.
Tin Woodman, from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The clown

A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that's just how the world will come to an end: to general applause from wits who believe it's a joke.
Søren Kierkegaard

Friday, December 4, 2009

For those who listen

The earth has music for those who listen.
William Shakespeare

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Urban landscapes

Space to walk is also space to think, and I think that's one thing landscapes give us: places to think longer, more uninterrupted thoughts or thoughts to a rhythm other than the staccato of navigating the city.
Rebecca Solnit

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Where the dreams are made

If you've ever wondered where your dreams come from when you go to sleep at night, just look around. This is where they are made.
Brian Selznick

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Like the palm tree

It is the nature of the strong heart, that like the palm tree it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened.
Sir Philip Sidney

Monday, November 30, 2009


We both know, you and I, that if all men were gardeners, the world at last would be at peace.
Beverley Nichols

Sunday, November 29, 2009

I cannot be dictated to by a watch.

Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.
Jane Austen

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Dawns and sunsets in books.

A good book is never exhausted. It goes on whispering to you from the wall. Books perfume and give weight to a room. A bookcase is as good as a view, as the sight of a city or a river. There are dawns and sunsets in books--storms, fogs, zephyrs.
Anatole Broyard

Friday, November 27, 2009

I was absent

I pretended to work like others from morning to evening, but I was absent, dedicated to invisible countries.
Czeslaw Milosz

Thursday, November 26, 2009

To love is to be vulnerable.

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.
C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Do tears not yet spilled wait in small lakes?
Pablo Neruda

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

There's a bluebird

There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going to let anybody see you.
Charles Bukowski

Monday, November 23, 2009

A bus came.

A bus came. I climbed aboard and sat on the plastic seat while the things of our city turned in the windows like the images in a slot machine.
Denis Johnson

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Here I came to the very edge where nothing at all needs saying...and every day on the balcony of the sea wings open fire is born and everything is blue again like morning.
Pablo Neruda

Saturday, November 21, 2009


The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have more to say.
Gregory Maguire

Friday, November 20, 2009

Insect view

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The journey

The journey is my home.
Muriel Rukeyser

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I love sleep

I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?
Ernest Hemingway

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A tree

Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone.
Czeslaw Milosz

Monday, November 16, 2009

Love quote

To take possession of a city of which you are not a native you must first fall in love there.
John Banville

Sunday, November 15, 2009

understanding someone

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.
Harper Lee

Saturday, November 14, 2009

fatal to prejudice

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
Mark Twain

Friday, November 13, 2009

The things that really matter

The only thing you'll find on the summit of Mount Everest is a divine view. The things that really matter lie far below.
Roland Smith

Thursday, November 12, 2009

There is simply the rose.

These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God today. There is no time for them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence. But man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future. He cannot be happy and strong until he too lives nature in the present, above time.
Ralph Waldo Emerson