Voices of others

Each year leading up to the last 4 art shows I've collected notes.  They are bearings, this year there are 149 images, and 14 pages of quotes.  Among many good artists, one of the strongest groups has been Arab women artists.  There may be a way to have a discussion with this material, for now I post just these quotes about some patterns of our lives:


Hope: an Owner's Manual
Look, you might as well know, this thing is going to take endless repair:
rubber bands, crazy glue, tapioca, the square of the hypotenuse.
Nineteenth century novels. Heartstrings, sunrise:
all of these are useful.  Also, feathers.

To keep it humming, sometimes you have to stand on an incline, where everything looks possible; on the line you drew yourself.  Or in the grocery line, making faces at a toddler secretly, over his mother's shoulder.

You might have to pop the clutch and run past all the evidence.
Past everyone who is laughing or praying for you.
Definitely you don't want to go directly to jail, but still, here you go,
passing time, passing strange.  Don't pass this up.

In the worst of times, you will have to pass it off.
Park it and fly by the seat of your pants.
With nothing in the bank, you'll still want to take the express.
Tiptoe past the dogs of the apocalypse that are sleeping in the shade of your future. 
Pay at the window.  Pass your hope like a bad check.
You might still have just enough time.
To make a deposit.

Barbara Kingsolver

Logic will get you from A to B, imagination will take you everywhere.  I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.  
Albert Einstein

It would indeed be a tragedy if the history of the human race proved to be nothing more than the story of an ape playing with a box of matches on a petrol dump. 
David Ormsby Gore

If we wait until we're ready, we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives.  
Lemony Snicket