Thoughts to Think About.

For the past year or so, I've collected quotes that speak to me, recording them in a little book that I carry with me everywhere. Sometimes I'll go for weeks without opening it; other times, it's my bible. Below, three that have stuck with me lately:

Said inventor R. Buckminster Fuller: "When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. But when I've finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it's wrong." (Thanks, May.)

Photographer William Eggleston: "I am at war with the obvious." (Read more, here.)

And says writer Margaret Atwood: "In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."

In looking for a photo of Atwood, I came across her Proust Questionnaire for Vanity Fair. In it, she reveals that she would like to live in a tree, and that her greatest fear is "a bear attack in a forest fire." I have to admit that I don't know much about Margaret Atwood, but this made me love her immediately.

Photos, top to bottom: Elliott Erwitt, Magnum Photos; Geoffrey BiddleDeborah Samuel.

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