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pretty things

I like looking at beautiful things other people make, and keeping notes of poems or other ideas I like. I'm particularly drawn to things that are inspired by the natural world.

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a maelstrom

amanda morales

To be modern … is to experience personal and social life as a maelstrom, to find one’s world and oneself in perpetual disintegration and renewal, trouble and anguish, ambiguity and contradiction
— marshall berman, all that is solid melts into air

always something

amanda morales

There is always something spiritual about the approach of winter. You retire into your innermost chambers and camp near the small glow you find there. The last reserve of warmth, a small part of the eternal fire. A grain of it suffices for a human life.
— paul klee (diaries of paul klee 1898-1918)

it will roll in

amanda morales

You do not need to do anything, just remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, just wait. Do not even wait, just be quiet, still and solitary, and the universe will expose itself to you. It has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
— Franz Kafka

tell stories

amanda morales

As Ursula LeGuin said, “There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.”

and always will

amanda morales

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
— Calvin Coolidge

wringing out

amanda morales

Great question to ask, as per our President: “Am I ringing as much bias out of myself as I can, am I judging people, as much as I can, based on, not the color of their skin, but the content of their character?” -via

i always love to think about wringing out. wringing out. ringing out!

public freeze

amanda morales

Does a piece of writing that is never seen by anyone other than its author even exist? Does a thought need to be shared to exist? What happens to the stray thought that drifts into view, is pondered, and then drifts away? Perhaps you jot it down in a note before it vanishes, so that you can mull it over in the future. It’s like a seed that, when you return to it, may have grown into something visible. Or perhaps you put it in a tweet, making the note public. But does the fact that it is public diminish the chances that it will grow into something sturdy and lasting? Does articulating a thought in public freeze it in place somehow, making it not part of a thought process but rather a tiny little finished sculpture? Is tweeting the same as publishing?
— thomas beller, via

at last

amanda morales

“Cherish your visions. Cherish your ideals. Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.” ~
—  James Allen from As a Man Thinketh

capacity for transformation

amanda morales

True adults are those who have learned to continually develop and exercise their capacity for transformation. The more we grow, the greater becomes our capacity to empty ourselves of the old so that the new may enter and we may thereby be transformed.
— M. Scott Peck


amanda morales

We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.
— roger ebert via

not searching

amanda morales

If you observe a really happy man, you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden... He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar stud that has rolled under the dressing table.
— W. Beran Wolfe

stand at the intersection

amanda morales

China and India are likely to produce many rigorous analytical thinkers and knowledgeable technologists. But smart and educated people don’t always spawn innovation. America’s advantage, if it continues to have one, will be that it can produce people who are also more creative and imaginative, those who know how to stand at the intersection of the humanities and the sciences. That is the formula for true innovation, as Steve Jobs’s career showed.

walter isaacson on steve jobs