The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.
i don’t think a girl with tiny thighs would have received such no-pants attention. i think what it really was…‘why did you all make us look at your thighs?’ my response is, get used to it because i am going to live to be 100, and i am going to show my thighs every day till i die.
Photography means participating in the mortality, vulnerability and alterability of other people
Susan Sontag (via sophiawallace)
Pissing people off is the necessary precondition of social change.
You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too. No, I think there was too rigid a pattern. You came out of an education and are supposed to know your vocation. Your vocation is fixed, and maybe ten years later you find you are not a teacher anymore or you’re not a painter anymore. It may happen. It has happened. I mean Gauguin decided at a certain point he wasn’t a banker anymore; he was a painter. And so he walked away from banking. I think we have a right to change course. But society is the one that keeps demanding that we fit in and not disturb things. They would like you to fit in right away so that things work now.
Popular culture is where we go to talk and agree with one another; to simplify ourselves; to find our herd…Whereas books are where we go alone to complicate ourselves.