Ursula K. Le Guin | “It is our suffering that brings us together. It is not love. Love does not obey the mind, and turns to hate when forced. The bond that binds us is beyond choice. We are brothers. We are brothers in what we share. In pain, which each of us must suffer alone, in hunger, in poverty, in hope, we know our brotherhood. We know it, because we have had to learn it. We know that there is no help for us but from one another, that no hand will save us if we do not reach out our hand. And the hand that you reach out is empty, as mine is. You have nothing. You possess nothing. You own nothing. You are free. All you have is what you are, and what you give.”
Neil Gaiman has been a fountain of inspiration for me lately. “The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.” .
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If you ever need creative motivation or encouragement, watch Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech for the University of the Arts 2012 graduates. •
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Excerpt from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. I did this when we first moved to Philadelphia.. there’s a bridge there named after Whitman. Now I’m watching Breaking Bad for the first time and there’s a whole new association to this poem!