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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Reimagined in Beautiful Illustrations by Artist Andrea D’Aquino
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Reimagined in Beautiful Illustrations by Artist Andrea D’Aquino

“Begin at the beginning … and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

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Poet Jane Kenyon’s Advice on Writing: Some of the Wisest Words to Create and Live By
Poet Jane Kenyon’s Advice on Writing: Some of the Wisest Words to Create and Live By

“Be a good steward of your gifts.”

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Virginia Woolf on Why She Became a Writer and the Shock-Receiving Capacity Necessary for Being an Artist
Virginia Woolf on Why She Became a Writer and the Shock-Receiving Capacity Necessary for Being an Artist

“Behind the cotton wool is hidden a pattern… the whole world is a work of art… there is no Shakespeare… no Beethoven… no God; we are the words; we are the music; we are the thing itself.”

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John Cage on Human Nature, Constructive Anarchy, and How Silence Helps Us Enlarge Each Other’s Goodness
John Cage on Human Nature, Constructive Anarchy, and How Silence Helps Us Enlarge Each Other’s Goodness

“It is essential that we be convinced of the goodness of human nature, and we must act as though people are good.”

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Patti Smith on Prayer, the Love of Books, and How Illness Expands the Field of Creative Awareness
Patti Smith on Prayer, the Love of Books, and How Illness Expands the Field of Creative Awareness

“Lying deep within myself … I seized a most worthy souvenir, a shard of heaven’s kaleidoscope.”

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Goethe on Beginner’s Mind and the Discipline of Discernment in Your Media Diet
Goethe on Beginner’s Mind and the Discipline of Discernment in Your Media Diet

“One must be something in order to do something.”

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