The Free Exploring Mind


john steinbeck

“And this I believe:
that the free,
exploring mind
of the individual human
is the most valuable thing
in the world.
And this I would fight for:
the freedom of the mind
to take any direction
it wishes,
And this I must fight against:
any idea, religion,
or government
which limits
or destroys
the individual.
This is what I am
and what I am about.”

― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

“I think I fell in love with her…”

Kroyer, Severin - Les Roses

Kroyer, Severin – Les Roses

“I think I fell in love with her, a little bit. Isn’t that dumb? But it was like I knew her. Like she was my oldest, dearest friend. The kind of person you can tell anything to, no matter how bad, and they’ll still love you, because they know you. I wanted to go with her. I wanted her to notice me. And then she stopped walking. Under the moon, she stopped. And looked at us. She looked at me. Maybe she was trying to tell me something; I don’t know. She probably didn’t even know I was there. But I’ll always love her. All my life.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 8: Worlds’ End

“…then you are a writer”

book of magical images growing

“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.” ― Ernest Hemingway

“secret world inside…”

Fantasy Your Imaginary World - by Trygothic

Fantasy Your Imaginary World – by Trygothic

“Everybody has a secret world inside of them.
I mean everybody.
All of the people in the whole world,
I mean everybody —
no matter how dull
and boring they are
on the outside.
Inside them
they’ve all got
amazing worlds…
Not just one world.
Hundreds of them.
Thousands, maybe.”

― Neil Gaiman,
The Sandman, Vol. 5: A Game of You