Thoughts to Think About.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

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.

12 comments:

Lauren deVane said...

i'm in love with Fuller's! I want to make a pretty print out of it! thanks!

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sherry said...

me, too.

Kathy said...

I love that Eggleston quote! It makes me feel brave for some reason. I don't know much about Margaret Atwood either, but her Proust questionnaire makes me feel like I would get along with her wonderfully!

Anonymous said...

margaret atwood is wonderful!

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I am utterly convinced you are the sweetest soul on the planet Shoko :) I love your picks.

the southern hostess said...

You are so good at unearthing great quotes. It should go on your resume.

aliceinbo said...

Love what the inventor said!


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angela said...

Great quotes, enjoyed reading about Eggleson's work.

tara said...

I love Buckminster!

Shoko said...

Lauren, post a picture when you do!

Rincy, YOU are the sweetest - thank you!

Natalie, maybe I should add it? :)

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

What a great selection!

lipstick and soda said...

i really like the atwood quote, love her writing!

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