“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.

The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is; nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares to other expressions.

It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself, or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate YOU. Keep the channels open... No artist is pleased... There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”

- Letter from Martha Graham to Agnes de Mille

“Start now, every day becoming, in your actions, your regular actions what you would like to become in the bigger scheme of things.”

- Anna Deavere Smith, Letters to a Young Artist

“The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction.  By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.”

- Mark Twain

“Children read books, not reviews. They don't give a hoot about critics.”

- Isaac Bashevis Singer

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music the words make.”

- Truman Capote

“Magic is a great thing, and scarcely anyone knows anything about it except a few people in old books… I am sure there is Magic is in everything, only we have not sense enough to get hold of it and make it do things for us — like electricity and horses and steam.”

- Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

“Books may well be the only true magic.”

- Alice Hoffman

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The Universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”

- Eden Philpotts

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood... Make big plans... aim high in hope and work.”

-Daniel H. Burnham

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?... If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”

- J.R.R. Tolkien

“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”

- Anna Quindlen

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.”

- Mark Twain

“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”

- Oscar Wilde

“When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before.”

- Clifton Fadiman