Herman Hesse, from The Glass Bead Game

Perhaps the poet whose verses gladden us was a sad solitary, and the musician a melancholic dreamer; but even so their work shares in the cheerful serenity of the gods and the stars. What they give us is no longer their darkness, their suffering or fears, but a drop of pure light, eternal cheerfulness.

Orson Welles

“Looking to posterity is a pastime for vain men.  Just be and do and history will take care of the rest.”

Louis Aragon

“The inner meaning of a surrealist text is of the greatest importance since it is that inner meaning that gives the text a precious revelatory quality.”

Bruno Schulz

“I have come to see my chronic depression derives from . . . spending every other minute testing the balance of satisfaction in exploring the art of happiness . . . To build a life on work, on activity, declaring independence from the barometer of happiness — this is the right way to organize a life.”

Bruno Schulz

Djuna Barnes, Nightwood

“No one will be much or little except in someone else’s mind, so be careful of the minds you get into …”

Djuna Barnes, Nightwood