une philosophe

We know a man for a poet by the fact that he makes us poets. We know that he is expressing his emotions by the fact that he is enabling us to express ours.

—R. G. Collingwood, The Principles of Art

For my part, when I enter most intimately into what I call myself, I always stumble on some particular perception or other, of heat or cold, light or shade, love or hatred, pain or pleasure. I never can catch myself at any time without a perception, and never can observe any thing but the perception.

—David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

It is the stillest words that bring on the storm. Thoughts that come on doves’ feet guide the world.

—Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

How could we possibly forget those old myths that arise at the origin of all peoples, the myths about dragons, who at the points of greatest extremity transform themselves into princesses; perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses, who are merely waiting to see us just once as beautiful and courageous. Perhaps everything terrible is in essence only the helplessness that is seeking our help.

—Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

—T.S. Eliot

If your everyday life appears to be unworthy subject matter, do not complain to life. Complain to yourself. Lament that you are not poet enough to call up its wealth.

—Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

If there is no wind in your sails, the only way out is to row.

—B. K. S. Iyengar

Your passion is your fate.

—Sam Mallin

I sail with every wind.

—Friedrich Nietzsche, “My Happiness”

To live ironically is to hide in public.

—Christy Wampole