“And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.” -- John Steinbeck
"A good life cannot emerge from imperfect knowledge." - Leroy Brownlow, Thoughts of Gold
I want wings of my own. That's why I call myself Raven. My real name is Charlotte. Can you imagine? One day I was sitting on a lawn and I saw this beautiful black bird with shiny wings fly by. Ohhhh, I wanted to be that bird. It was so beautiful. So free. With beautiful black wings..." -Raven Alexander Jamison Swift exit line from The Edge of Night by Henry Slesar
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Of course, we never dig up embarrassing sins on ourselves. It is always on the other fellow. And why uncover his shortcomings? Why dig to show up another when it is sure to become our own pit? If we drag a skeleton out of another's closet, it is sure to come alive and strike us. Just like a sleeping dog when roused will bite us.
If only those without sin are to do the digging, we can all put up our shovels.
It is smart to let buried evil rest! and rest! and rest: Never disturb it.
-Leroy Brownlow, "Thoughts of Gold"
Falling in love is when you first see someone for the first time and it grows and you can see no one else save that person you are in love with.
Of ocean beach, san francisco
All we ask is to be let alone."―Jefferson Davis, inaurgal address as President of the Confederate States of America, 18.February.1861
I did not wait to have breakfast with him but only drank some coffee and made an excuse to go home..." ―James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room
The reader wants to turn the page to the next page." ―Leslie Dixon, screenwriter
The knee solidarity
I do not think ... that it is too much to suggest that the American vision of the world — which allows so little reality, generally speaking, for any of the darker forces in human life, which tends until today to paint moral issues in glaring black and white— owes a great deal to the battle waged by Americans to maintain between themselves and black men a human separation which could not be bridged. It is only now beginning to be borne in on us — very faintly, it must be admitted, very slowly, and very much against our will — that this vision of the world is dangerously inaccurate, and perfectly useless. For it protects our moral high-mindedness at the terrible expense of weakening our grasp of reality. People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster." ―James Baldwin, I am Not Your Negro
Maybe we all have in us a secret pond where evil and ugly things germinate and grow strong. But this culture is fenced, and the swimming brood climbs up only to fall back. Might it not be that in the dark ponds of some men the evil grows strong enough to wriggle over the fence and swim free? Would not such a man be our monster, and we are not related to him in our hidden water? It would be absurd if we did not understand both angels and devils, since we invented them." ―John Steinbeck, East of Eden