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  • Light and Shadow

    Light and Shadow

    Light and Shadow Who is Ferlinghetti? Visitors to San Francisco might spot his quote engraved on the concrete grounds of the Jack Kerouac Alley. It reads: “Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations.” It is perhaps this streetlight...

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  • Fate is a cunning hussy

    Fate is a cunning hussy

    "Fate is a cunning hussy." - Elizabeth Gaskell An amusing zinger from an unfairly overlooked Victorian novelist. The fun passage (which defies that whole stodgy Victorian writer thing) inspired an image of fate's invisible hand coquettishly waving a handkerchief that lures us down a new road....

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  • Outrageous Nonsense

    Outrageous Nonsense

    "The world is filled with the most outrageous nonsense." - Nikolai Gogol From his preposterous farce The Nose, in which a nose goes awol and impersonates a general. We'd tell you more, but this timeless gem of a quote stands pretty well...

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  • Above all...

    Above all...

    "Above all, don't lie to yourself."- Fyodor Dostoevsky From The Brothers Karamazov. This passage is so awesome, we included the entire excerpt in our design to provide context for Dostoevsky's stunning insight into personal responsibility.   A face comprised of text has been partially redacted,...

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  • Until we are free

    Until we are free

    "Until we are all free, we are none of us free." - Emma Lazarus Best known for her poem The New Colossus, which is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, Emma Lazarus was an American poet, human rights pioneer and advocate for...

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  • Living Deliberately

    Living Deliberately

    "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately." - Henry David Thoreau From his beloved book, Walden—a record of his communion with nature, confrontation with the "essential facts of life," and quest for enlightenment. Thoreau exalted nature and eschewed formal...

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  • The sea is big and old

    The sea is big and old

    "The sea is big and old." - Ernest Hemingway Too simple for your taste? Perhaps he should have gone with "the sea is boundless and ancient," or "the expansive sea churns eternally." Hemingway would just as soon tuck a daisy behind the...

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  • On Office Life

    On Office Life

    "I hate the office; it cuts in on my social life." - Dorothy Parker From one of her Hate Song poems, first published in Vanity Fair in 1919. Armed with her sharp, scathing wit, Dorothy Parker wrote incisive critiques of American...

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  • A rose is a rose

    A rose is a rose

    "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose." - Gertrude Stein   From her poem, Sacred Emily.  The rose, rich with meaning and cultural weight, has become somewhat of a polarizing object. One either looks forward to receiving a dozen...

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  • Truth

    Truth

    "The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them." - Ida B. Wells Trailblazing journalist Ida B. Wells knew what she stood for and unwaveringly stood for it: Truth. Despite the impediments as both a former...

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  • Ever seeking the lonelier way

    Ever seeking the lonelier way

    "We wanderers, ever seeking the lonelier way" - Khalil Gibran From his bestselling masterpiece, The Prophet. The most well known of Gibran's works, The Prophet explores the wisdom at the intersection of his various spiritual influences. Not only did this line resonate with us,...

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