“Travel is never a matter of money but of courage. I spent a large part of my youth traveling the world as a hippie, and what money did I have then? None. I barely had enough to pay for my fare, but I still consider those to have been the best years of my youth: eating badly, sleeping in train stations, unable to communicate because I didn’t know the language, being forced to depend on others just for somewhere to spend the night.”

— Aleph by Paulo Coelho

““You’re not here anymore. You’ve got to leave in order to return to the present.””

— Aleph by Paulo Coelho

““There’s no point sitting here, using words that mean nothing. Go and experiment. It’s time you got out of here. Go and re-conquer your kingdom, which has grown corrupted by routine. Stop repeating the same lesson, because you won’t learn anything new that way.””

— Aleph by Paulo Coelho

“In India, they use the word ‘karma,’ for lack of any better term. But it’s a concept that’s rarely given a proper explanation. It isn’t what you did in the past that will affect the present. It’s what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby change the future.””

— Aleph by Paulo Coelho

““That’s because, like everyone else on the planet, you believed that time would teach you to grow closer to God. But time doesn’t teach; it merely brings us a sense of weariness and of growing older.””

— Aleph by Paulo Coelho

Sun Ra: ‘I’m Everything and Nothing’ | by Namwali Serpell | The New York Review of Books

Drunk: My man, what’s happenin?Sun Ra: Everything is happenin.Drunk: What is this? I mean, wh-like, uh, where am I? You know, uh, who is you?Sun Ra: I’m everythin and nothin.Drunk: Nothing?! Well, you better tell me about this nothin stuff cuz, uh (chuckle), I need a job. And I—and I ’on’t know what to do.Sun Ra: What have you been doing lately?Drunk: Uh, huh, huh, huh, nothin really, nothin.Sun Ra: How long have you been doin nothin?Drunk: Quite some time, quite some time.Sun Ra: You must be an expert at it.Drunk: Got my BA, shiiit.Sun Ra: We’ll hire you to do that.Drunk: How much I get paid, man?Sun Ra: Nothin.

Source: Sun Ra: ‘I’m Everything and Nothing’ | by Namwali Serpell | The New York Review of Books

““I’m filled with doubt, especially about my faith,” I say. “Good. It’s doubt that drives a man onward.””

— Aleph by Paulo Coelho

“My search for wisdom, peace of mind, and an awareness of realities visible and invisible has become routine and pointless.”

— Aleph by Paulo Coelho

“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

“The paradox seems to be, as Socrates demonstrated long ago, that the truly free individual is free only to the extent of his own self-mastery. While those who will not govern themselves are condemned to find masters to govern over them.”

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield