Radical Persons

Men and Women not afraid to speak their minds, outside the box and regardless of status quo.

 

John Quincy Adams ( July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848)

6th president of the Unites States of America

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.”

James Agee (James Rufus Agee) ( November 27, 1909 – May 16, 1955)

American Author, Journalist, Poet, Screenwriter & Film Critic.

“You must be in tune with the times and prepared to break with tradition”

“Children, taught either years beneath their intelligence or miles wide of relevance to it, or both: their intelligence becomes hopelessly bewildered, drawn off its centers, bored, or atrophied. “

“ As a whole part of psychological education it needs to be remembered that a neurosis can be valuable; also that adjustment to a sick and insane environment is of itself not health but sickness and insanity.”

“I believe that every human being is potentially capable within his ‘limits’ of fully ‘realizing’ his potentialities; that this, his being cheated and choked of it, is infinitely the ghastliest, commonest, and most inclusive of all the crimes of which the human world can assure itself. (regarding: the Great Depression: the reduction of human life into a battle for physical survival “

“For in the immediate world, everything is to be discerned, for him who can discern it, and central and simply, without either dissection into science, or digestion into art, but with the whole of consciousness, seeking to perceive it as it stands: so that the aspect of a street in sunlight can roar in the heart of itself as a symphony, perhaps as no symphony can: and all of consciousness is shifted from the imagined, the revisive, to the effort to perceive simply the cruel radiation of what is.”

Alice Austin (March 17, 1866 – June 9, 1952)

Photographer and Feminist | She lived openly with her lover Gertrude Amelia Tate (1971 – 1962) Most active as a photographer between the 1880s and the 1920s, Austen produced about 8,000 images, primarily of friends, family, and neighbors engaged in such activities as playing tennis, bicycling, and picnicking. Among the photographs are images of Austen and friends dancing together, embracing in bed, and cross-dressing, which were unique for their time and have become iconic for the LGBT community. In 1899, Austen formed an intimate relationship with Gertrude Amelia Tate (1871-1962), who came to live at Clear Comfort in 1917.

Susan B. Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906)

Author & Feminist

“Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.”

“I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.”

“The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball – the further I am rolled the more I gain.”

“I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows.” Susan Anthony fought for womens’ rights and was the source for all further women’s rights groups.

Antonin Artaud  (September 1896 – 4 March 1948) 

Author and actor in both stage and film

“So long as we have failed to eliminate any of the causes of human despair, we do not have the right to try to eliminate those means by which man tries to cleanse himself of despair.”

Dr. Clifford E. Backup (April 18, 1919 – April 12, 2001)

Visionary psychiatrist
“He helped many people and was considered “amazing” to many of his clients. Often, he specialized in helping people with very high IQs, and helping them to adjusting themselves to having new and different ways of living with their own living thoughts.

Sylvia Beach (March 14, 1887 – October 5, 1962)

Publisher, Book Shop Owner (Shakespeare & Co.) and Feminist

“I am a citizen of the world” She created a publishing company and bookstore, publishing books that most publishers would not touch such as James Joyce’s book Ulysses.

E. F. Benson (24 July 1867 – 29 February 1940)

Author & Personality. He was author of many books, including the Lucia stories.

“Emotionally, I have no picture-book illustrated with memories of my first five years, but externally, I have impressions that possess a haunting vividness comparable only to the texture of dreams, when dreams are tumultuously alive.” 

Anita Berber (10 June 1899 – 10 November 1928) 

Dancer, Actor, & Sexual Liberationist

She was a German dancer, actress, and writer who paved the way for transforming live theatre to accept direct sexual acting and ballet and along with the later work of Antonin Artaud & Bertolt Brecht, created acceptance of theatre as psychological experience and close visions of realities previously banned in theatre.

Princess Martha Bibesco (Marthe Lucie; née Lahovary; January 28, 1886 – 28 November 1973)

Romanian-French writer, socialite and politically involved

“… history … a sort of immortality turned upside down. Her life stretched backwards through ten centuries.” 

“Words express only the feelings we know already.” 

“… marriage was a calamity, but it was not an occupation.” 

“… collections are amusing only in the making; afterwards they are like sporting prints without the sport. The sons of collectors inherit only the corpse of their fathers’ satisfied passion.” 

Bix Biederbecke ( March 10, 1903 – August 6, 1931)

Musician (Cornet and piano) and Composer | He began the blending of Ragtime, New Orleans Jazz, & the early modern classical composing of music.  His 2 most advanced works were “I’m Coming Virginia” and “In a Mist”.

“One of the things I like about jazz, kid, is I don’t know what’s going to happen next. Do you? “

William Blake (November 28, 1757 – August 12, 1827)

Poet, Printer, & Publisher | Authored many books, and in his work, explored what he called “The Doors of Perception”.

“Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.”

“The true method of knowledge is experiment.”

“I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.”

Wilfrid Scawen Blunt  (17 August 1840 – 10 September 1922)

Poet & Author

“TO ONE IN A HIGH POSITION

To you, a poet, glorious, heaven–born,
One who is not a poet but a son
Of the earth earthy, sick and travel–worn
And weary with a race already run,
A battle lost e’er yet his day is done,
Comes with this tribute, shattered banners torn
From a defeat. You reign in Macedon,
My Alexander, as at earlier morn
You reigned upon Parnassus, hero, king.
I reign no more, not even in those hearts
For which these songs were made, and if I sing
‘Tis with a harsh and melancholy note
At which my own heart like an echo starts.
Yet sometimes I can deem you listening,
And then all else is instantly forgot.”

Nellie Bly [Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman] (May 5, 1864 – January 27, 1922)

Writer, Industrialist, & Inventor | inventing an Iron Clad Manufacturing Company President Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman received a 1902 patent for a stackable garbage can. She invented an improved milk can a year earlier.

“I always had a desire to know asylum life more thoroughly – a desire to be convinced that the most helpless of God’s creatures, the insane, were cared for kindly and properly.”

Niels Bohr (7 October 1885 – 18 November 1962)

He made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and  quantum theory, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922.

“How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.”

“The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”

Sarah Knowles Bolton (September 15, 1841 – February 21, 1916)

She wrote extensively for the press, was one of the first corresponding secretaries of the Woman’s national temperance union, was associate editor of the Boston “Congregationalist” (1878–81), and traveled for two years in Europe, studying profit-sharing, female higher education, and other social questions. Her writings encourage readers to improve the world about them through faith and hard work.

“Forget the past and live the present hour.”

“The victory o£ success is half won when one gains the habit of work.”

“Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do.”

George Boole (November 2, 1815 – 8 December 8, 1864) 

English mathematician, philosopher and logician. He worked in the fields of differential equations and algebraic logic.

“It is not of the essence of mathematics to be conversant with the ideas of number and quantity.”

“To unfold the secret laws and relations of those high faculties of thought by which all beyond the merely perceptive knowledge of the world and of ourselves is attained or matured, is a object which does not stand in need of commendation to a rational mind.”

“No matter how correct a mathematical theorem may appear to be, one ought never to be satisfied that there was not something imperfect about it until it also gives the impression of being beautiful.”

Mary Everest Boole (1832 – 1916)

Self-taught mathematician, author of didactic works on mathematics, Philosophy & Algebra”as fun”

“The modern higher mathematics is based on a calculus of operations, on laws of thought. All mathematics, from the first, was so in reality; but the evolvers of the modern higher calculus have known that it is so. Therefore elementary teachers who, at the present day, persist in thinking about algebra and arithmetic as dealing with laws of number, and about geometry as dealing with laws of surface and solid content, are doing the best that in them lies to put their pupils on the wrong track for reaching in the future any true understanding of the higher algebras. Algebras deal not with laws of number, but with such laws of the human thinking machinery as have been discovered in the course of investigations on numbers. Plane geometry deals with such laws of thought as were discovered by men intent on finding out how to measure surface; and solid geometry with such additional laws of thought as were discovered when men began to extend geometry into three dimensions.”

Mary Bordner (August 27, 1896 – November 23, 1995)

Gemnologist, Psychic, Poet, Author,Mystic

(about moving to New Hope, PA) “ There’s something very special about this little village – It’s a creative playful and inspirint energy. I can’t think of a better place for “a new beginning, than New Hope, PA…”

“I believe people are naturally drawn to what they believe”

“Clairvoyance is like a memory that flashes across your mind’s eye, but you know is not a memory.”

Lenny Bruce (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966)

comedian, social critic, satirist, and screenwriter.
“The ‘what should be’ never did exist, but people keep trying to live up to it. There is no ‘what should be,’ there is only what is.” 

“If you can take the hot lead enema, then you can cast the first stone.” 

“Miami Beach is where neon goes to die.” 

“The liberals can understand everything but people who don’t understand them.”

“Life is a four-letter word”

“There are never enough I Love You’s.”

Charles Bryant (January 8, 1879 – August 7, 1948)

British/American actor and film director.

From the silent movie days onward into sound films,he masterminded and succeeded (along with Alla Nazimova) the hiring of gay and lesbian actors in Hollywood.

Martin van Buren (December 5, 1782 – July 24, 1862)

8th President of the United States America, 10th Secretary of State

“Those who have wrought great changes in the world never succeeded by gaining over chiefs; but always by exciting the multitude. The first is the resource of intrigue and produces only secondary results, the second is the resort of genius and transforms the universe.”

“The connection which formerly existed between the Government and banks was in reality injurious to both, as well as to the general interests of the community at large.”

“It seems proper, at all events, that by an early enactment similar to that of other countries the application of public money by an officer of Government to private uses should be made a felony and visited with severe and ignominious punishment.”

William Seward Burroughs ( February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997)

Author, Poet, Artist, Social Critique, Lecturer, “Father” of the Beat Generation

“A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on.”

“Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.”

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”

“Changes… can only be effected by alterations in the original. The only thing not prerecorded in a prerecorded universe are the prerecordings themselves. The copies can only repeat themselves word for word. A virus is a copy. You can pretty it up, cut it up, scramble it – it will reassemble in the same form.”

“After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say ‘I want to see the manager.”

“ Hustlers of the world, there is one Mark you cannot beat: The Mark Inside. “

“In my writing I am acting as a map maker, an explorer of psychic areas. . . a cosmonaut of inner space, and I see no point in exploring areas that have already been thoroughly surveyed.”

George Gordon Byron (later Noel), 6th Baron Byron (January 22, 1788 –April 19, 1824)

Poet, Leader of the Romantic Movement, Soldier.

“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.”

“Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life.”

“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.”

She Walks in Beauty

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

Marcel Carne (18 August 1906 – 31 October 1996)

Film Director and Creator of the Poetic Realism Movement and with his film Children of Paradise, created the greatest film ever made.

“I think you never forget your childhood, whether it was happy or unhappy.”

“The problem is that to be a producer, one must be a gambler, and the greatest French producers were gamblers.”

RADICALS  ARLETTY CHILDREN OF PARIS  1[On his film Children of paradise]

“I shot the film during World War II. I was very bold then, and thinking about it now, it was madness to make such a film in a country lacking the bare necessities. Anyway, I started working on Children of Paradise, and the producer told me that,

given the enormous success of Les visiteurs du soir—it had been a big hit at the box office—he now wanted a great film with great impact. It’s rare for a producer to come to a director with such a proposal, so of course I began to think. [Jacques Prévert and I] were living near Nice then, and one day, walking along the promenade des Anglais, scouring for ideas, we ran into Jean-Louis Barrault. I hadn’t seen him since the war began, and we went for a drink. Naturally, we talked nonstop about the theater…”

[On Arletty’s role as Garance in Children of Paradise]

CARNE ARLETTY 3“She was wonderful. She had such stage presence with that double role. You see,Children was infinitely less hassle than Les visiteurs du soir. That’s what you call luck. I had a fantastic crew, because if the crew hadn’t been so solid and tight, since I don’t have a fascist streak in me, nor am I a born leader . . . I mean, you need a center of gravity. You have all the responsibilities, and people have to respond to you. And I never . . . Well, I had some arguments with the technicians, but even those were very mild. I never had serious arguments, and never argued at all with the actors.”

Edward Carpenter (August 29, 1844 – June 26, 1929) [left]

Gay Activist, Author, Mystic, Social Critic, Greek Scholar

“By now, it should be obvious to all that “Surplus value” is real.”
Great success in examinations does naturally not as a rule go with originality of thought.
“Anyone who realizes what Love is, the dedication of the heart, so profound, so absorbing, so mysterious, so imperative, and always just in the noblest natures so strong, cannot fail to see how difficult, how tragic even, must often be the fate of those whose deepest feelings are destined from the earliest days to be a riddle and a stumbling-block, unexplained to themselves, passed over in silence by others.”

“[A]s people are beginning to see that the sexes form in a certain sense a continuous group, so they are beginning to see that Love and Friendship which have been so often set apart from each other as things distinct are in reality closely related and shade imperceptibly into each other. Women are beginning to demand that Marriage shall mean Friendship as well as Passion; that a comrade-like Equality shall be included in the word Love; and it is recognised that from the one extreme of a ‘Platonic’ friendship (generally between persons of the same sex) up to the other extreme of passionate love (generally between persons of opposite sex) no hard and fast line can at any point be drawn effectively separating the different kinds of attachment. We know, in fact, of Friendships so romantic in sentiment that they verge into love; we know of Loves so intellectual and spiritual that they hardly dwell in the sphere of Passion.”
Homosexual,’ generally used in scientific works is of course a bastard word. ‘Homogenic’ has been suggested, as being from two roots, both Greek, i.e., ‘homos,’ same, and ‘genos,’ sex.”

Ernst Cassier  (July 28, 1874 – April 13, 1945)

Neo-Kantian Philosopher | “Man is always inclined to regard the small circle in which he lives as the center of the world and to make his particular, private life the standard of the universe and to make his particular, private life the standard of the universe. But he must give up this vain pretense, this petty provincial way of thinking and judging.” 

“…it would be a very naive sort of dogmatism to assume that there exists an absolute reality of things which is the same for all living beings. Reality is not a unique and homogeneous thing; it is immensely diversified, having as many different schemes and patterns as there are different organisms. Every organism is, so to speak, a monadic being. It has a world of its own because it has an experience of its own. The phenomena that we find in the life of a certain biological species are not transferable to any other species. The experiences – and therefore the realities – of two different organisms are incommensurable with one another. In the world of a fly, says Uexkull, we find only “fly things”; in the world of a sea urchin we find only “sea urchin things.”

Ornette Coleman (Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman) (March 18, 1930 – June 11, 2015)

Creator of the musical form “Fee Jazz”, Saxophonists, Violinist, Trumpet, and Composer.

“Originally, I wanted to be a composer. I always tell people, ‘I think of myself as a composer.”

“Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.”

“I’m having this conversation with you now. I’m talking, but I’m thinking, feeling, smelling, and moving. Yet I’m concentrating on what you’re saying. So that means there’s more things going on in the body than just the present thing that the person’s got you doing.”
“It’s just someone has labelled us as having a different label to do what you do. I find that labels are the worst thing in the world for artistic expression.”

“It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something.”

“To me, human existence exists on a multiple level, not just on a two-dimensional level, not just having to be identified with what you do and what you say.”

“Even when you write it, someone’s got to play it. So if you can play it and bypass all the rest of the things, you’re still doing as great as someone that has spent forty years trying to find out how to do that. I’m really pro-human beings, pro-expression of everything.”

“How can I turn emotion into knowledge? That’s what I try to do with my horn.”

“I never thought about being famous or rich. I just thought, Oh, I’ll get a nice little girl and go and play every night, and I’d be happy. And that worked for a while. But the little girl’s mother didn’t trust a guy with a horn.”

“Difference between sex and love ? Well, you’re not always sure you’re in love. But when you’re having sex, there’s really no mistaking it.”

Harry Crosby (June 4, 1898 – December 1oth, 1929)

American heir, bon vivant, poet, and publisher

“I have asked the village blacksmith to forge golden chains to tie our ankles together. I have gathered all the gay ribbons in the world to wind around and around and around and around and around and around again around our two waists..”

“I stamp out vast empires. I crush palaces in my rigid hands. I harden my heart against churches. I blot out cemetaries. I feed the people with stinging nettles. I resurrect madness. I thrust my naked sword between the ribs of the world. I murder the world!”

“Please sell $10,000 worth of stock — we have decided to lead a mad and extravagant life.”

 

Caresse Crosby (April 20, 1891 – January 26, 1970)

1st Patent Recipient of the Modern Bra, Author, Publisher of the Black Sun Press, & Socialite in the United states and France.

”I believe my ardour for invention springs from his [Robert Fulton [1765-1815] loins. I can’t say that the brassiere will ever take as great a place in history as the steamboat, but I did invent it.” [her invention of the modern bra].

 

Aleister Crowley (October 12, 1875 – 1 December 1, 1947)

English Occultist, Ceremonial Magician, Poet, and Painter Painter

“The conscience of the world is so guilty that it always assumes that people who investigate heresies must be heretics; just as if a doctor who studies leprosy must be a leper. Indeed, it is only recently that science has been allowed to study anything without reproach.”

“The joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal.”

“Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales.”

“Indubitably, magic is one of the subtlest and most difficult of the sciences and arts. There is more opportunity for errors of comprehension, judgment and practice than in any other branch of physics.”

Sir Francis Dashwood (December 1708 – 11 December 1781)

English rake and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (1762–1763) and founder of the Hellfire Club, and sequential numbers on houses in London, and the first basic post office.

Quote form Noctural Revel nbelieved to be written by Sir Francis Dashwood (1779): Refering to various religious intitutes both in Great Britain and wurope, “founded, as it were, in direct contradiction to Nature and Reason; on his return to England, [he] thought that a burlesque Institution in the name of St Francis, would mark the absurdity of such Societies; and in lieu of the austerities and abstemiousness there practised, substitute convivial gaiety, unrestrained hilarity, and social felicity”

Andrew Jackson Davis (August 11, 1826 – June 26, 1910)

Author, Spiritualist, Early Ecologist, Mystic
“The Divine Mind is the Cause, the Universe is the Effect, and Spirit is the ultimate Design.”
“Heat (or caloric) has been supposed to be governed by a law different from that governing light: and electricity, being as yet undefined… to be governed by a different law from the last two mentioned. A different law can not govern any particle or element in the Universe. This constitutes the GRAND GENERAL LAW that governs all elements in space.”

“Human conceptions of order are founded upon the supposed reality of apparent confusion; and when apparent confusion and irregularities are observed, the mind instantly conceives of their opposite order. Hence if confusion were not apparent, the word order would be without meaning.”

“In the present age, when the Creeds and Dogmas of the past have lost their influence and vitality, and man has attained a degree of development, unfolding new wants, and feelings, and higher sentiments; and when his faith in the immortality of the soul has become weakened and almost annihilated by his struggles with material nature, and his purely analytical and inductive modes of obtaining knowledge – a new Revelation suited to his enlarged views and more spiritual needs should be vouchsafed (furnished).”

“If motion were given to one particle in the great mass composing the Sun of the univercoleum, this would establish motion in every atom in existence.”

Eugene V. Debs  (November 5, 1855 – October 20, 1926)

Socialist Activist & Author

“The issue is Socialism versus Capitalism. I am for Socialism because I am for humanity. We have been cursed with the reign of gold long enough. Money constitutes no proper basis of civilization. The time has come to regenerate society — we are on the eve of universal change.”

“I am not a Labor Leader; I do not want you to follow me or anyone else; if you are looking for a Moses to lead you out of this capitalist wilderness, you will stay right where you are. I would not lead you into the promised land, if I could, because if I led you in, someone else would lead you out. You must use your heads as well as your hands, and get yourself out of your present condition; as it is now the capitalists use your heads and your hands.”

Daniel De Leon (December 14, 1852 – May 11, 1914)

Marxist Author, Political, & Labor leader

“Capitalism attacks and destroys all the finer sentiments of the human heart; it ruthlessly sweeps away old traditions and ideas opposed to its progress, and it exploits and corrupts those things once held sacred.”

“He who stands with his face to the East in the morning will have the sun before him. If he does not change his posture, the Earth in the meantime having changed its, he will have the sun no longer before him, but behind.”

Marlene Dietrich (Maie Magdaline Dietrich) (December 27, 1901 – May 6, 1992)

Along with Greta G arbo, was one, the earliest half of the power, to completely, permanently, redefine the entire overall images of Women, Actress, Singer, Motion Pictures, Fashion, Author, US Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.”

“All the “sound” which in today’s popular music and orchestration, is impact, cannot replay melody. Sounds will come and go. Melodies remain.”

“Sex. In America an obsession. In other parts of the world a fact.”

“Most women set out to try to change a man, and when they have changed him they do not like him.”

“ It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.”

“I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.”

“Darling, the legs aren’t so beautiful, I just know what to do with them.”

“Poor Elsa Lanchester. She left England because it already had a queen – Victoria. And she wanted to be queen of the Charles Laughton household, once he became a star, but he already had the role.

“At the best of times, gender is difficult to determine”

“I am at heart a gentleman”

Psychiatry – I bow respectively to this science.”

“Super intelligence kindles my love.”

“Compassion – without it it, you mean little.

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (November 11, 1821 – February 9, 1881)

Russian Novelist, Short Story Writer, Essayist, Journalist, Exploring the personal combinations of psychology, politics, and the strengths and weaknesses the social world and the realms of spirituality.

“One can know a man from his laugh, and if you like a man’s laugh before you know anything of him, you may confidently say that he is a good man.”

“ We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.”

“ There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.”

“To love someone means to see him as God intended him.”

“There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.” The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.

Isadore Ducasse (4 April 1846 – 24 November 1870)

Literary Scholar & Poet

“It is a power stronger than will. Could a stone escape from the laws of gravity? Impossible. Impossible, for evil to form an alliance with good.”

“Throughout the centuries, man has considered himself beautiful. I rather suppose that man only believes in his own beauty out of pride; that he is not really beautiful and he suspects this himself; for why does he look on the face of his fellow-man with such scorn?”

“Poetry must be made by all and not by one.”

Lili Elbe (Lili Ilse Elvenes) (28 December 1882 – 13 September 1931)

Born as a man – Einar Magnus Andreas Wegener, and was a successful artist, was a Danish transgender woman and one the first identifiable recipients of sexual reassignment. “It is not with my brain, not with my eyes, not with my hands that I want to be creative, but with my heart and with my blood,” she wrote: “The fervent longing in my woman’s life is to become the mother of a child.”

RADICALS LILI ELBE PAINTING

 

Duke Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974)

Composer, Musician, Band Leader |

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”

“The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.”

“By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson  (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882)

Free Mason, Philosopher, Author, & Leader

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.”

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

“Always do what you are afraid to do.”

“Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.”

James Reese Europe (February 22, 1881 – May 9, 1919)

Composer, Musician, Musical Historian, Lieutenant, US Army WWI

“I have come from France more firmly convinced than ever that Negros should write Negro music. We have our own racial feeling and if we try to copy whites we will make bad copies…We won France by playing music which was ours and not a pale imitation of others, and if we are to develop in America we must develop along our own lines.”

Basically, he introduced the forms of unwritten black music into a combination of black and classical band music that became (and still is) a part of the Western World’s music.

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald ) (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940)

Novelist, Short Story Writer, Motion Picture Scripts and Acting

“Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.”

“ It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.”

“Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.”

“ The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

“ A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain.”

“Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”

“Action is character”

Dwight Frye (February 22, 1899 – November 7, 1943)

American stage and screen actor specializing in creating roles of madness and terror.

Renfield: He came and stood below my window in the moonlight. And he promised me things, not in words, but by doing them.

Van Helsing: Doing them?

Renfield: By making them happen. A red mist spread over the lawn, coming on like a flame of fire! And then he parted it, and I could see that there were thousands of rats, with their eyes blazing red, like his, only smaller. Then he held up his hand, and they all stopped, and I thought he seemed to be saying: “Rats! Rats! Rats! Thousands! Millions of them! All red-blood! All these will I give you! If you will obey me!”

Van Helsing: What did he want you to do?

Renfield: That which has already been done!  [giggles sinisterly]

 

Nichidatsu Fuji (August 6, 1885 – January 9th, 1985)

Founder of Nipponsan Myohoji Buddhist Order; Believer in The Lotus Sutra
Crossed the United States in a pushed wheelchair reciting the prayers of the Lotus sutra continually.
“The reason I came to espouse nonviolent resistance and the antiwar, antiarms position was not because I met with Mr. Gandhi. Rather, it was because the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent women and children, burning and poisoning [the population], a tragedy without precedent in human history, leading Japan to sue for unconditional surrender. In this we see the mad, stupid, barbaric nature of modern warfare. “

“War leaves a legacy of human suffering that does not end with peace.”

“Truths are best perceived after looking at all sides.”

“It was her life to live not take.”

“Friendship develops easily in the sunshine of joy and happiness, but the friendship that grows in the darkness of sorrow and tragedy has roots that are firmer and deeper, and blossoms that last much longer.”

“it was not always war with its urgent necessities that could pull people together and turn a vision into a practical project.”

“At least a glimmer of hope that man can, if he will try, heal himself rather than destroy himself.”

Loie Fuller (also Loïe Fuller; January 15, 1862 – January 1, 1928)

American Dancer who pioneered modern dance moments and new forms of dance clothing & constuming, with a greater display of body movements and is believed to be the first modern ballet dancer to be in a motion picture.

When Loie Fuller’s Chinese dancers enwound
A shining web, a floating ribbon of cloth,
It seemed that a dragon of air
Had fallen among dancers, had whirled them round
Or hurried them off on its own furious path;
So the Platonic Year
Whirls out new right and wrong,
Whirls in the old instead;
All men are dancers and their tread
Goes to the barbarous clangour of a gong.” – W.B. Yeats, in the poem “Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen”.

“It is not who you are that holds you back, it is who you think you are not.”

William Gaddis (December 29, 1922 – December 16, 1998)

American novelist

‘I see the player piano as the grandfather of the computer, the ancestor of the entire nightmare we live in, the birth of the binary world where there is no option other than yes or no and where there is no refuge.’
“Power doesn’t corrupt people, people corrupt power.”

“I know you, I know you. You’re the only serious person in the room, aren’t you, the only one who understands, and you can prove it by the fact that you’ve never finished a single thing in your life. You’re the only well-educated person, because you never went to college, and you resent education, you resent social ease, you resent good manners, you resent success, you resent any kind of success, you resent God, you resent Christ, you resent thousand-dollar bills, you resent Christmas, by God, you resent happiness, you resent happiness itself, because none of that’s real. What is real, then? Nothing’s real to you that isn’t part of your own past, real life, a swamp of failures, of social, sexual, financial, personal…spiritual failure. Real life. You poor bastard. You don’t know what real life is, you’ve never been near it. All you have is a thousand intellectualized ideas about life. But life? Have you ever measured yourself against anything but your own lousy past? Have you ever faced anything outside yourself? Life! You poor bastard.”

“I know you, I know you. You’re the only serious person in the room, aren’t you, the only one who understands, and you can prove it by the fact that you’ve never finished a single thing in your life. You’re the only well-educated person, because you never went to college, and you resent education, you resent social ease, you resent good manners, you resent success, you resent any kind of success, you resent God, you resent Christ, you resent thousand-dollar bills, you resent Christmas, by God, you resent happiness, you resent happiness itself, because none of that’s real. What is real, then? Nothing’s real to you that isn’t part of your own past, real life, a swamp of failures, of social, sexual, financial, personal…spiritual failure. Real life. You poor bastard. You don’t know what real life is, you’ve never been near it. All you have is a thousand intellectualized ideas about life. But life? Have you ever measured yourself against anything but your own lousy past? Have you ever faced anything outside yourself? Life! You poor bastard.”

“How … how fragile situations are. But not tenuous. Delicate, but not flimsy, not indulgent. Delicate, that’s why they keep breaking, they must break and you must get the pieces together and show it before it breaks again, or put them aside for a moment when something else breaks and turn to that, and all this keeps going on. That’s why most writing now, if you read it they go on one two three four and tell you what happened like newspaper accounts, no adjectives, no long sentences, no tricks they pretend, and they finally believe that they really believe that the way they saw it is the way it is … it never takes your breath away, telling you things you already know, laying everything out flat, as though the terms and the time, and the nature and the movement of everything were secrets of the same magnitude. They write for people who read with the surface of their minds, people with reading habits that make the smallest demands on them, people brought up reading for facts, who know what’s going to come next and want to know what’s coming next, and get angry at surprises. Clarity’s essential, and detail, no fake mysticism, the facts are bad enough. But we’re embarrassed for people who tell too much, and tell it without surprise. How does he know what happened? unless it’s one unshaven man alone in a boat, changing I to he, and how often do you get a man alone in a boat, in all this … all this … Listen, there are so many delicate fixtures, moving toward you, you’ll see. Like a man going into a dark room, holding his hands down guarding his parts for fear of a table corner, and … Why, all this around us is for people who can keep their balance only in the light, where they move as though nothing were fragile, nothing tempered by possibility, and all of a sudden bang! something breaks. Then you have to stop and put the pieces together again. But you never can put them back together quite the same way. You stop when you can and expose things, and leave them within reach, and others come on by themselves, and they break, and even then you may put the pieces aside just out of reach until you can bring them back and show them, put together slightly different, maybe a little more enduring, until you’ve broken it and picked up the pieces enough times, and you have the whole thing in all its dimensions. But the discipline, the detail, it’s just … sometimes the accumulation is too much to bear.” (from The Recognitions)

Greta Garbo (Greta Lovisa Gustafson) (September 18, 1905 – April 15, 1990)

Along with Marlene Dietrich, was one, the earliest half of the power, to completely, permanently, redefine the entire overall images of Women, & Actress.

“Bartender! Vring me some viskey with chincher ale on de side & don’t be stingy, baby. (Garbo’s first words in a talking picture)”

“I never said, ‘I want to be alone.’ I only said, ‘I want to be left alone.’ There is all the difference.”

“There are many things in your heart you can never tell to another person. They are you, your private joys and sorrows, and you can never tell them. You cheapen yourself, the inside of yourself, when you tell them.”

“Anyone who has a continuous smile on his face conceals a toughness that is almost frightening.”

“I wish I were supernaturally strong so I could put right everything that is wrong”

“You don’t have to be married to have a good friend as your partner for life.”

“There are some who want to get married and others who don’t. I have never had an impulse to go to the altar. I am a difficult person to lead.”

“How can one change one’s entire life and build a new one on one moment of love? And yet, that’s what you make me want to close my eyes and do.”

“I like the sea: we understand one another. It is always yearning, sighing for something it cannot have; and so am I.”

“Is there anything better than to be longing for something, when you know it is within reach?”

Emma Goldman (June 27 [O.S. June 15], 1869 – May 14, 1940)

Anarchist, Author, Lecturer, & Free Love/Sex Advocate

“The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair; but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and be loved.”

“Free love? as if love is anything but free. Man has bought brains, but all the millions in the world have failed to buy love.”

“Women need not always keep their mouths shut and their wombs open.”

“ Puritanism, in whatever expression, is a poisonous germ. On the surface everything may look strong and vigorous; yet the poison works its way persistently, until the entire fabric is doomed.”

“Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions, every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labeled Utopian.”

Thea von Harbou (December 1888 – July 1, 1954)

German Screenwriter, Novelist, Film Director, Actress – Greatly Expanded the Expressionist Cinema.

“The mediator between head and hands must be the heart!”

“I only know what I saw — and that it was dreadful to look upon … I went through the machine-rooms — they were like temples. All the great gods were living in white temples. I saw Baal and Moloch, Huitzilopochtli and Durgha; some frightfully companionable, some terribly solitary. I saw Juggernaut’s divine car and the Towers of Silence ………

“ And all machines, machines, machines, which, confined to their pedestals, like deities to their temple thrones, from the resting places which bore them, lived their god-like lives: Eyeless but seeing all, earless but hearing all, without speech, yet, in themselves, a proclaiming mouth — not man, not woman, and yet engendering, receptive, and productive — lifeless, yet shaking the air of their temples with the never-expiring breath of their vitality. And, near the god-machines, the slaves of the god-machines: the men who were as though crushed between companionability and machine solitude. They have no loads to carry: the machine carries the loads. They have not to lift and push: the machine lifts and pushes. They have nothing else to do but eternally one and the same thing, each in this place, each at his machine….

Divided into periods of brief seconds, always the same clutch at the same second, at the same second. They have eyes, but they are blind but for one thing, the scale of the manometer. They have ears, but they are deaf but for one thing, the hiss of their machine. They watch and watch, having no thought but for one thing: should their watchfulness waver, then the machine awakens from its feigned sleep and begins to race, racing itself to pieces. And the machine, having neither head nor brain, with the tension of its watchfulness, sucks and sucks out the brain from the paralysed skull of its watchman, and does not stay, and sucks, and does not stay until a being is hanging to the sucked-out skull, no longer a man and yet not a machine, pumped dry, hollowed out, used up. And the machine which has sucked out and gulped down the spinal marrow and brain of the man and has wiped out the hollows in his skull with the soft, long tongue of its soft, long hissing, the machine gleams in its silver-velvet radiance, anointed with oil, beautiful, infallible — Baal and Moloch, Huitzilopochtli and Durgha….”

John Grierson (April 26, 1898 – February 19, 1972)

Pioneer of Documentary Films Concernign Social Issue

“Beware the ends of the earth and the exotic: the drama is on your doorstep wherever the slums; are, wherever there is malnutrition, wherever there is exploitation and cruelty.”

“Political conflicts distort and disturb a people’s sense of distinction between matters of importance and matters of urgency. What is vital is disguised by what is merely a matter of wellbeing.”

“Such manifestations I account as representing the creative leadership of the new forces of thought and appreciation which attend changes in technological pattern and therefore of the pattern of human relationships in society”

“My personal view is that such total planning by the state is an absolute good and not simply a relative good… I do not myself think of the attitude I take as deriving from Marx – though this undoubtedly will be suggested – but from Fichte and Hegel.”

“ My view… would be that we are entering upon a new and interim society which is neither capitalist nor socialist, but in which we can achieve central planning without loss of individual initiative, by the mere process of absorbing initiative in the function of planning.”

D. W. Griffith (January 22, 1875 – July 23, 1948)

Pioneer Film maker, Director, and Script Writer, the 1st film make motion picture from a poem.

It takes two years on the stage for an actor or an actress to learn how to speak correctly and to manage his voice properly, and it takes about ten years to master the subtle art of being able to hold one’s audience.

Remember how small the world was before I came along? I brought it all to life: I moved the whole world onto a 20-foot screen.

[on sound movies] It is my arrogant belief that we have lost beauty.

Alain Robbe-Grillet (August 18, 1922, February 18, 2008)

Pioneer of the New Novel and the New Cinema

The true writer has nothing to say. What counts is the way he says it.”

“the world is neither meaningful, nor absurd. it quite simply is, and that, in any case, is what is so remarkable about it.”

“There is a famous Russian cartoon in which a hippopotamus, in the bush, points out a zebra to another hippopotamus: ‘You see,’ he says, ‘now that’s formalism.”

“I am certain that a novelist is someone who attributes a different reality-value to the characters and events of his story than to those of ‘real’ life. A novelist is someone who confuses his own life with that of his characters.”

“The writer must proudly consent to bear his own date, knowing that there are no masterpieces in eternity, but only works in history, and that they survive only to the degree that they have left the past behind them and heralded the future.”

“The art of the novel, however, has fallen into such a state of stagnation – a lassitude acknowledged and discussed by the whole of critical opinion – that it is hard to imagine such an art can survive for long without some radical change. To many, the solution seems simple enough: such a change being impossible, the art of the novel is dying….AND YET?”

{from Last Year At Marienbad] [X wanders through the hotel’s corridors cataloging items he sees]

X: Empty salons. Corridors. Salons. Doors. Doors. Salons. Empty chairs, deep armchairs, thick carpets. Heavy hangings. Stairs, steps. Steps, one after the other. Glass objects, objects still intact, empty glasses. A glass that falls, three, two, one, zero. Glass partition, letters.

Radclyffe (Marguerite) Hall (August 12, 1880 – Pctober 7, 1942)

Activist Author for Women’s Rights & Lebian & Gay RIghts

“The world hid its head in the sands of convention, so that by seeing nothing it might avoid Truth.”

“You’re neither unnatural, nor abominable, nor mad; you’re as much a part of what people call nature as anyone else; only you’re unexplained as yet–you’ve not got your niche in creation. But some day that will come, and meanwhile don’t shrink from yourself, but face yourself calmly and bravely. Have courage; do the best you can with your burden. But above all be honourable. Cling to your honour for the sake of those others who share the same burden. For their sakes show the world that people like you and they can be quite as selfless and fine as the rest of mankind. Let your life go to prove this–it would be a really great life-work, Stephen.”

Mary “Hexie” Manners Hammerstein (1923? – 1981)

Actress, Witch, Personality

“A flowing cape allows nature’s magnetic energy to flow freely around the body. And besides, witches spend a lot of time outdoors, communing with Mother Earth, so a cape is practical. It keeps us warm. Its as simple as that!”

“Black is protective and absorbing. Its like a solar battery, it draws energy and light into one’s whole being.”

Warren G. Harding (November 2, 1865 – August 2, 1923)

29th President of the United States

“Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything.”

“I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies all right. But my damn friends… They’re the ones that keep me walking the floor nights! America’s present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration; not surgery but serenity.”

Fumiko Hayashi (December 31, 1903 or 1904) 

Japanese sources disagree on the birth year–June 28, 1951

Novelist & Poet

“Yukiko, like a patient receiving a medical examination, let Tomioka do as he pleased. Soon they were sharing, without words, their secret memories and their deepest sorrows.”

Lafcadio Hearn (June 27, 1850 -September 26, 1904)

Author, Asian Scholar

“A great many things which in times of lesser knowledge we imagined to be superstitious or useless, prove today on examination to have been of immense value to mankind.”

“Any idealism is a proper subject for art.”

Georg F. W. Hegel (August 27, 1770 – November 14, 1831)

Philosopher. Created the enlarged, multifaceted concept of “absolute idealism,” specifically including the dualisms of, for instance, mind and nature and subject and object are overcome. Thus creating full combination of philosophy of spirit conceptually integrated with psychology, all forms of “the state”, history, art, religion, and full circle back to philosophy.
“Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights.”
“When liberty is mentioned, we must always be careful to observe whether it is not really the assertion of private interests which is thereby designated. “
“The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.”
“Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.”

“Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions.”

Robert Anson Heinlein  (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988)

American science fiction writer.

“Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.”

“May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.”

“I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”

“A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.”
“Sex without love is merely healthy exercise.”
“Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again.”
“For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization.”

 

Elias Hicks (March 19, 1748 – February 27, 1830)

Reformer & abolitionist

“The fullness of the godhead dwelt in every blade of grass.”

“I delight not in spreading anything mysterious, for I consider it all lost time; but the things that all of us can see and know if we will.”

Billie Holiday (Eleanora Fagan ) (April 7, 1915- July 17, 1959 )

“A kiss that is never tasted, is forever and ever wasted.”

“Don’t threaten me with love, baby. Let’s just go walking in the rain.”

“Dope never helped anybody sing better or play music better or do anything better. All dope can do for you is kill you – and kill you the long, slow, hard way.”

“If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all.”

“People don’t understand the kind of fight it takes to record what you want to record the way you want to record it.”

Zora Heil Hurston (January 7, 1891 – January 28, 1960)

Author, Activist, Mystic, Anthropologist, & Feminist

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”

“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”

“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.”

George Henri Anton “Joris” Ivens (November 18, 1898 – June 28, 1989)

Dutch Creator of Documentary and objet de tous les jours Filmmaking

“The documentary must not remain a grounds for emotional or literary excitement. At the beauty of matter, it must draw reactions and provoke latent activitites.”

“The music has a function… Doesn’t it? Perhaps its task is being silent? After all, you have the sound, the text, the music and the picture…..now the music has priority and the picture can be very restrained because the picture can be very rhythmic’…’now the music has to be silent because the original sound is much more beautiful.”

Percy Richard Jameson, F.R.S. (1884 – August 12, 1962)

Pioneer Weather ForEcaster, Invented a number of weather forcasting instruments, and specific thermometers, and several medical devices.

“We must use always, all our talents to the extreme, and in doing so to not get intoxicated by what we have accomplished.”

Blind Lemon Jefferson (born Lemon Henry Jefferson; ( September 24, 1893 – December 19, 1929)

Guitarist, Gospel Singer, and one of 4 persons (also Charlie Patton, Son House, & Cat Iron) who created the entire beginning of actual blues guitar music.

“Lord, it’s one kind favor I’ll ask of you. See that my grave is kept clean.”

“Backwater rising, Southern peoples can’t make no time
I said, backwater rising, Southern peoples can’t make no time
And I can’t get no hearing from that Memphis girl of mine

Water in Arkansas, people screaming in Tennessee
Oh, people screaming in Tennessee
If I don’t leave Memphis, backwater spill all over poor me

People, since its raining, it has been for nights and days
People, since its raining, has been for nights and days
Thousands people stands on the hill, looking down were they used to stay

Children stand there screaming: mama, we ain’t got no home
Oh, mama we ain’t got no home
Papa says to the children, “Backwater left us all alone”

Backwater rising, come in my windows and door
The backwater rising, come in my windows and door
I leave with a prayer in my heart, backwater won’t rise no more”

Christine Jorgensen (May 30, 1926 – May 3, 1989)

The first American to Go Public as a Transsexual (in this case a man becoming a woman through the use of surgery and hormones)

“I was a bit nervous because there were too many people at that period who insisted I was crazy…”

“Nature made a mistake which I have had corrected, and now I am your daughter.”

“I guess they all want to take a peek.”

“The first sign was an increase in size of the mammary glands and then hair began to grow where the patient had a bald patch on the temple,” he later said. “Finally the whole body
changed from a male to a female shape.”

“Everyone is both sexes in varying degrees. I am more of a woman than a man…Of course I can never have children but this does not mean that I cannot have natural sexual intercourse – I am very much in the position right now of a woman who has a hysterectomy”

“We didn’t start the sexual revolution but I think we gave it a good kick in the pants!”

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941)

Author, Scholar, & Musician

“A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.”

“Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.”

“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.”

“I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.”

Boris Karloff (William Henry Pratt)

Stage & Screen Actor and Reader of Classic stores on Recorded Disk

“The Monster was the best friend I ever had.”

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Fred Katz (February 25, 1919 – September 7, 2013)

A Visionary Classical Composer and Cellist, & Sonwriter integrating the cello into modern Cool Jazz.

“Tradition is a terrible tyrant. Memory, man. It’s better to live in the moment. I am eating this sandwich. Know what I mean?”

Margaret E. Knight  (February 14, 1838 – October 12, 1914)

An American inventor. She has been called “the most famous 19th-century woman inventor”.

“Ethical teaching is weakened if it is tied up with dogmas that will not bear examination.”

“One of the most persistent fallacies about the Christian Church is that it kept learning alive during the Dark and Middle Ages. What the Church did was to keep learning alive in the monasteries, while preventing the spread of knowledge outside them… Even as late as the beginning of the nineteenth century, however, nine-tenths of Christian Europe was illiterate.”

“It is difficult, none the less, for the ordinary man to cast off orthodox beliefs, for he is seldom allowed to hear the other side… Whereas the Christian view is pressed on him day in and day out.“

 

Wilhelm de Kooning (April 24, 1904 – March 19, 1997)

Abstract Expressionist Paiter & Sculpture.

DE KOONING 2“Whatever an artist’s personal feelings are, as soon as an artist fills a certain area on the canvas or circumscribes it, he becomes historical. He acts from or upon other artists.”

“ The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.”

“An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will.
Even an abstract form has to have a likeness.”

“I see the canvas and I begin… It’s a necessary evil to get into the work, and it’s pretty marvelous to be able to get out of it.”

Cyril M. Kornbluth (July 2, 1923[1] – March 21, 1958)

American science fiction author and a notable member of the Futurians. He wrote under many pen-names: Cecil Corwin,S. D. Gottesman,Edward J. Bellin,Kenneth Falconer,Walter C. Davies, Simon Eisner, Jordan Park,Arthur Cooke, Paul Dennis Lavond and Scott Mariner

The morons must be managed or else there will be chaos, resulting in billions of deaths; It is not possible to sterilize all of the morons; Propaganda against large families is insufficient, because every biological drive is towards fertility (the story predates the development of hormonal contraception).

 

Anton Szandor LaVey (born Howard Stanton Levey; April 11, 1930 – October 29, 1997)

“Stupidity—The top of the list for Satanic Sins. The Cardinal Sin of Satanism. It’s too bad that stupidity isn’t painful. Ignorance is one thing, but our society thrives increasingly on stupidity. It depends on people going along with whatever they are told. The media promotes a cultivated stupidity as a posture that is not only acceptable but laudable. Satanists must learn to see through the tricks and cannot afford to be stupid.”

“It has been said, ‘the truth will make men free.’ The truth alone has never made anyone free. It is only doubt which will bring mental emancipation.”

“It’s too bad that stupidity isn’t painful.”

“I break away from all conventions that do not lead to my earthly success and happiness.”

“You cannot love everyone; it is ridiculous to think you can.”

Dr. Timothy Francis Leary (October 22, 1920 – May 31, 1996)

Author, American Professor, Psychologist, Psycholinguisticist, Psychedelic Experimenter, Social Philosopher, Computer Pioneer.
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“Think for yourself and question authority.”

“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.”

“You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.”

“The universe is an intelligence test.”

“We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they’ve got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.”

“Learning how to operate a soul figures to take time.”

“Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities, the political, the religious, the educational authorities who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, informing, forming in our minds their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable, open-mindedness; chaotic, confused, vulnerability to inform yourself.”

“Intelligence is the ultimate aphrodisiac”

“We are already no longer birthing Homo Sapiens Sapientis, now we are birthing Homo Stellae Humanis – and some of us are already, just that!”

Elizabeth “Billie” Robbins L’Estrang (May 21, 1911-December 7, 2011)

Author, Painter, Violinist, Music Teacher,,Composer, Administrator, Photographic Model

Author, Teacher, Naturalist, Ecologist, “I discovered that the hearing or rhythms and certain manipulations of the tonic chord, if listened to in simple 4/4 rhythms, can help children with learning and mental focus problems, by daily listening…”

“People don’t realize that the ancient witchcraft deals with 3 major things: First is friendship and closeness that does not have to manipulate a series of anti-sexual and anti-emotional hurdles. Seconldy, psychic protection is needed and these days, very much needed as the nonsensical, puritanical, and ideas of religious simpletons, are so active and powerful in nour current time. Thirdly: It is a life-truth, that we are here to know who we are and then protect our being that way, and to look into the other worlds from psychic to planetary, to things perhaps much beyond that…”

Bea Lindley (March 1917 – July 1973)

“I believe that the 5 most important things in life are: freely given love, the music of Brahms, Prokofiev, Bunny Berrigan, and the opera Carmen, and administrating interesting situations, and of course reading Carl Jung.”

“I believe the subtle, gentle, yet incredibly powerful best tool for living kindly, powerfully, and well, is freedom-in-sexuality and genuine witchcraft, not the junk in horror stories…”

Max Freedom Long ( October 26, 189 – September 23, 1971)

Photographer, Hawaiin Scholar, Expert on Hawaiin Huna, Mystic

“The kahunas use magic in their fire-walking as well as in many other things. There is one set of natural laws for the physical world and another for the other world. And-try to believe this if you can: The laws of the other side are so much the stronger that they can be used to neutralize and reverse the laws of the physical.”

“The idea was to prepare to make the “Prayer” to the High Self. The thought forms of the prayer had to be unmixed with doubts and uncertainties. They had to stand out clear and sharp and definite. Any overlooked angle of the affair might bob up later to upset the working out of the plan.”

Bela Lugosi (Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó) (October 20,1882 – August 16, 1956)

American-Hungarian Actor, Who brought the concept of Vampire into Permanent Memory of the Western World.

“I have never met a vampire personally, but I don’t know what might happen tomorrow.”

“It is women who love horror. Gloat over it. Feed on it. Are nourished by it. “Shudder and cling and cry out-and come back for more.”

“Every actor is somewhat mad, or else he’d be a plumber or a bookkeeper or a salesman.”

“I guess I’m pretty much of a lone wolf. I don’t say I don’t like people at all, but, to tell you the truth, I only like it then if I have a chance to look deep into their hearts and their minds.”

“To win a woman, take her with you to see Dracula.”

“I have never met a vampire personally, but I don’t know what might happen tomorrow.”

Shozo Makino (September 22, 1878, Kyoto – July 25, 1929)

Film Director & Producer. He pioneered motion picture making in Japan, making 60 films before 1910, and brought classical actors in the cinema.

The Hiroshima Maidens (1945 – ?)

The Hiroshima Maidens are a group of 25Japanese women who were school girls and although survived the atomic bombing, they still were in need of serious surgery as they were disfigured from the thermal flash of the dropped on the morning of August 6, 1945, and with the help of the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers) and an some US congressmen, were brought to the United States and given the best known surgeons.
Tomoko Nakabayashi
Shigeko Niimoto
Suzue Oshima
Shigeko Sasamori
Masako Tachibana
Hiroko Tasaka
Michiko Yamaoka
Miyoko Matsubara (did not travel to the US)
On many occasions they also worked and lectured on the necessity of world peace.
“War leaves a legacy of human suffering that does not end with peace.”

“Truths are best perceived after looking at all sides.”

“It was her life to live not take.”

“Friendship develops easily in the sunshine of joy and happiness, but the friendship that grows in the darkness of sorrow and tragedy has roots that are firmer and deeper, and blossoms that last much longer.”

“it was not always war with its urgent necessities that could pull people together and turn a vision into a practical project.”

“at least a glimmer of hope that man can, if he will try, heal himself rather than destroy himself.”

Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer; April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967)

Pin-up Model, Motion Picture Actress, Sexual Liberationist, Mystic, Enochian Student, A Close Contact of Anton Szandor LaVey.

“A 41-inch bust and a lot of perseverance will get you more than a cup of coffee – a lot more.”

“I do know that God created us equal and we’re not living up to it.”

“Most girls don’t know what to do with what they’ve got.”

“I will never be satisfied. Life is one constant search for the betterment for me. “

“Men are creatures with two legs and eight hands.”

“Nothing risqué nothing gained!”

Eteinne-Jules Maury (March 5, 1830 – May 21, 1904)

Marey was the genius who could see, develop, and handle, simultaneously, acts in his development of aviation.cardiology, cinematography, Instrumentation, and has been considered as the pioneer of laboratory photography, photography in general, and created many graphical techniques to be used for interpretation of quantitative data from physiological measurement.

During 1882, Marey invented what he called the chronophotographic gun, that was capable of taking 12 consecutive frames a second, and all the frames were recorded on the same picture. Using these pictures he studied horses, birds, dogs, sheep, donkeys, elephants, fish, microscopic creatures, molluscs, insects, reptiles, etc.

Generally, it was known as Marey’s “animated zoo”. Marey also conducted the famous study about cats always landing on their feet. He conducted very similar studies with a chicken and a dog and found that they could do almost the same. Also, Marey studied human human movement with photos published. During 1894, he published another book Le Mouvement.

Marey made movies. They were at a high speed at 60 images per second, and with high quality images, which assured the growth of cinematography.

Towards the end of his life he began re-studying abstract forms, such as falling balls, the movement of smok and water.. His last great work was the observation and photography of smoke trails. During 1901, he built a smoke machine with 58 smoke trails. This he set in motion the concept and reality of an aerodynamic wind tunnel.

Marshall McLuhan (July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980)

Author, Critic, Professor, Philosopher of communication theory and marketing practices.

“A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.”

“Far more thought and care go into the composition of any prominent ad in a newspaper or magazine than go into the writing of their features and editorials.”

“Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior.”

“The medium is the message. This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium – that is, of any extension of ourselves – result from the new scale that is introduced into our affairs by each extension of ourselves, or by any new technology.”

“Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn’t know the first thing about either.”

“Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today’s job with yesterday’s tools and yesterday’s concepts.”

“An administrator in a bureaucratic world is a man who can feel big by merging his non-entity in an abstraction. A real person in touch with real things inspires terror in him.”

“Advertising is an environmental striptease for a world of abundance.”

“Obsolescence never meant the end of anything, it’s just the beginning.”

“There is a real, living unity in our time, as in any other, but it lies submerged under a superficial hubbub of sensation.”

“The business of art is no longer the communication of thoughts or feelings which are to be conceptually ordered, but a direct participation in an experience. The whole tendency of modern communication…is towards participation in a process, rather than apprehension of concepts.”

Henry Kuttner (April 7, 1915 – February 1958) & C.L. Moore (January 21,1923 – September 12, 1997)

Science Fiction Writers who worked together and by themselves, but no one is sure as to which is which.

Kuttner: “When I die, I want to die in a Utopia that I have helped to build.” 

“The fire that had come from beyond the stars was harnessed. Tamed — chained — by the flesh to which it had once, long ago, given life….”

“I’m going forward. I know — because I went. It was a wonderful world they had. I want to see more of it. I want to wake up in a time when the race of man is spreading through the galaxy, leaping across the gulfs between the stars, opening the gates to all the worlds. I want to and I will.”

Moore:

“Nothing I have ever written was given the slightest deliberation. It was there in the typewriter and it came out, a total bypassing of the brain.” “All about her, as suddenly as the awakening from a dream, the nothingness had opened out into undreamed-of distances. She stood high on a hilltop under a sky spangled with strange stars.“

Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade ( June 2, 1740 – December 2, 1814)

French Aristocrat, Cultural Revolutionary, Politician, Philosopher, Author,
And the creator of “Back Humour” and Forerunner of Lennie Bruce.

“Lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life; it supports them all, lends strength to them all ambition, cruelty, avarice, revenge, are all founded on lust.”

“Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.”

“Happiness lies neither in vice nor in virtue; but in the manner we appreciate the one and the other, and the choice we make pursuant to our individualorganization.”

“ It is not my mode of thought that has caused my misfortunes, but the mode of thought of others.”

“Religions are the cradles of despotism.”

“In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.”

Judith Merril (Judith Josephine Grossman) January 21, 1923 – September 12, 1997)

The Mother of Modern Science Fiction

“Science fiction is not necessarily either fiction or anything to do with science.”

“We have met the Alien and it is us.”

“We only really learn in conversation after sex.”

H. Warner Munn (November 5, 1903 – January 10, 1981)

Author, Poet, Platwright, Beginning with The Werewolf of Ponkert and other realted stories following, created the everlasting interest in the Werewolf.

“I wrote eight stories of the [Tales of the Werewolf Clan] clan originally. I was going to write more. Then the series came to an end because of the change of editorship. The one that actually ended the series was ‘The Return of the Master’ which was a long novelette written before the short stories. So… I wrote two more to fill in some of the gaps. You see, these stories deal with a certain family & each one is approximately thirty years apart in sequence. They deal with historical events in which the Master is responsible for great tragedies & disasters, as members of the werewolf clan happen to be in that area to act as a catalyst. The two stories that I wrote to fill in those gaps were not enough. Since then, I’ve written three more to more or less complete the series. The last story now in the series… [is]… ‘The Master Goes Home’…”

F. W. Murnau (December 28, 1888 – March 11, 1931)

Film Creator, Director, Writer, & Gay Activist.

“Don’t act – think!”

“I think films of the future will use more and more of these “camera angles” or, as I prefer to call them, these “dramatic angles”. They help photograph thought.”

Frank Norris (Benjamin Franklin Norris, Jr. (March 5, 1870 – October 25, 1902)

American Journalist, Nwspaperman, & Radical Writer About those who lack their rights due to money manipulations. A prophet of what came later.

Quotes from Frank Norris, The Octopus: A Story of California

“If I were to name the one crying evil of American life, Mr. Derrick, it would be the indifference of the better people to public affairs. It is so in all our great centres. There are other great trusts, God knows, in the United States besides our own dear P. and S.W. Railroad. Every state has its own grievance. If it is not a railroad trust, it is a sugar trust, or an oil trust, or an industrial trust, that exploits the People, because the people allow it. The indifference of the People is the opportunity of the despot. It is as true as that the whole is greater than the part, and the maxim is so old that it is trite – it is laughable. It is neglected and disused for the sake of some new ingenious and complicated theory, some wonderful scheme of reorganization, the fact remains, nevertheless, simple, fundamental, everlasting. The People have but to say ‘No’ and not the strongest tyranny, political, religious, or financial, that was ever organized, could survive one week.”

“Wait till you see-at the same time that your family is dying for lack of bread-a hundred thousand acres of wheat-millions of bushels of food-grabbed and gobbled by the Railroad Trust, and then talk of moderation. That talk is just what the Trust wants to hear. It ain’t frightened of that. There’s one thing only it does listen to, one things it is frightened of-the people with dynamite in their hands,-six inches of plugged gaspipe. That talks.”

“The People have a right to the Truth as they have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

“Truth is a thing immortal and perpetual, and it gives to us a beauty that fades not away in time.”

“The function of the novelist… is to comment upon life as he sees it.”

Dr. John Ballou Newbrough (June 5, 1828 – April 22, 1891)

Medical Doctor, Spiritualist, Mystic, Author

[Quoted from Oahspe] “Affirmations
“I resolve to move with the design of the Creator. I am eternally growing and mustaccommodate change to enhance that growth. I trust that the Creator provides goodexperiences for me which will make me tall in soul power. I walk in peace, knowingthat the Creator’s plan is faultless and beautiful.
HEALING CURRENTS OF LIFE
My soul is one with all the vitality of nature. My soul is a magnet drawing to itself allthese healing currents of nature.My soul is absorbing these finer essences of life which fill the atmosphere; absorbingall the strength which my nature needs and all the elements of which there is adeficiency in my system.I am a living soul, being clothed with the glow and glory of the Creator’s InfiniteVitality.I am intelligent soul power, searching through the depths of nature’s storehouse of life for the healing essences, for the vitalizing powers, for the mystic medicines of healing with which the Creator has stored in His / Her universe.Great Spirit, I am drawing on Thee for physical power.I am knowing, I am feeling; Universal Power. I am living in, and I am within theAbsolute Being, who is beyond thought, beyond the realm of knowledge, beyondmind, beyond everything. I am One with the All One; the I AM.Infinite Creator, I thank Thee for this realization of Thy Omnipresent Life.”

Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737 [O.S. January 29, 1736] – June 8, 1809)

Social Philosophy for Social Systems & Human Rights

“I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.”

“My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. We have it in our power to begin the world over again. f there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”

“Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.”

Elsie Worthington Clews Parson ( November 27, 1875 – December 19, 1941)

American Anthropologist, Sciologist, Folklorist, & Feminist, Co-Founder of The New School for Social Research.

“Fear of change is a part of the state of fear man has ever lived in but out of which he has begun to escape. Civilization might be defined indeed as the steps in his escape.”

“Imitation both unconscious and conscious is par excellence the educational method of the family. It is plain that a considerable part of the adaptation of living beings to their environment, i.e., of beings that are born plastic, is passed on from generation to generation through imitation. Were this not so, much if not all of the road traversed by one generation would have to be travelled by the next generation from the very beginning and without short-cuts. Consequently there would be little chance for the novel adaptation, the propitious individual variation, that constitutes progress.”

“A society’s apprehensiveness about divorce is an expression of its fear of change and of its resulting desire that personality remain unvarying.”

Charlie Patton (1891 – April 28, 1934)

Creator of the Guitar Blues also with Blind Lemon Jefferson, & Eddie “Son” House.

“I’m goin’ away, to a world unknown I’m goin’ away, to a world unknown

I’m worried now, but I won’t be worried long My rider got somethin’, she’s tryin’a keep it hid My rider got somethin’, she’s tryin’a keep it hid Lord, I got somethin’ to find that somethin’ with I feel like choppin’, chips flyin’ everywhere

I feel like choppin’, chips flyin’ everywhere

I been to the Nation, oh Lord, but I couldn’t stay there Some people say them oversea blues ain’t bad [Spoken: Why, of course they are]

Some people say them oversea blues ain’t bad [Spoken: What was a-matter with ’em?!]

It must not a-been them oversea blues I had Every day seem like murder here

[Spoken: My God, I’m no sheriff] Every day seem like murder here

I’m gonna leave tomorrow, I know you don’t bid my care Can’t go down any dirt road by myself

Can’t go down any dirt road by myself [Spoken: My Lord, who ya gonna carry?] I don’t carry my, gonna carry me someone else.”

Pablo Picasso (Pablo Ruiz Picasso) (October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973)

Artist, Sculptor, Potter, Film-maker, Playwrite

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

“Youth has no age.”

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”

“Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.”

“t he artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.”

“Love is the greatest refreshment in life.”

“To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture.”

Edgar Allan Poe (Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849)

Author, Inventor of the Short Story, Poet, Scientist, Lecturer, Publisher

“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”

“Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.”
“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”

“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”

“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”
Take this kiss upon the brow!
“And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow —
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand —
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep — while I weep!
O God! Can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or see
But a dream within a dream?”

Arthur Prior (Arthur Willard Pryor) (September 22, 1870 – June 18, 1942)

Trombone Virtuoso, Bandleader, Soloist, Composer of Band Music.

He was the first promoter an composer of popular tunes, songs, & dances. Also he was the first to understand that popular music should be recorded, and thus, with his amazing popularity, basically, single handedly created the world of popular music.

“I wish to promote the healthy music born of our own country.”

Ayn Rand born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum, Russian: Али́са Зино́вьевна Розенба́ум; (February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1905 – March 6, 1982)

Russian-born American novelist.

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

“I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”

“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.”

“Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.”

Lou Reed (Lewis Allan Reed) (March 2, 1942-October 27, 2013)

Singer, Songwriter, Composer, Producer, & Photographer.

“Life is like Sanskrit read to a pony.”

“I always believed that I have something important to say and I said it.”

“I was a product of Andy Warhol’s Factory. All I did was sit there and observe these incredibly talented and creative people who were continually making art, and it was impossible not to be affected by that.”

“My God is rock’n’roll.”

“I think it’s pretentious to create art just for the sake of stroking the artists ego.”

“You can’t ask me to explain the lyrics because I won’t do it.”
“You’re a musician: You play. That’s what you do.”
“I don’t think anybody is anybody else’s moral compass. Maybe listening to my music is not the best idea if you live a very constricted life. Or maybe it is.”

Django Reinhardt (January 23, 1910 – 16 May 16, 1953)

Jazz Musician, Guitarist, Banjoist.

One of the greatest living guitarists. With crippled fingers, he managed to learn to play some of the most amazing jazz guitar that has ever existed.

“Jazz attracted me because in it I found a formal perfection and instrumental precision that I admire in classical music, but which popular music doesn’t have.”

“It doesn’t matter all that much. It’s just that when you’re playing, Stephane, you’ve got both Chaput and me backing you, but when I’m soloing I’ve only got one guitar behind me!”

Ben Lewis Reitman (1879–1943)

(known as “The Hobo Doctor” American Anarchist. Medical Doctor, and Physician to the Poor, aka “the hobo
first meeting Reitman in Emma Goldman’s autobiography, Living My Life:

“He arrived in the afternoon, an exotic, picturesque figure with a large black cowboy hat, flowing silk tie, and huge cane. ‘So this is the little lady, Emma Goldman,’ he greeted me; ‘I have always wanted to know you.’ His voice was deep, soft, and ingratiating. I replied that I also wanted to meet the curiosity who believed enough in free speech to help Emma Goldman. My visitor was a tall man with a finely shaped head, covered with a mass of black curly hair, which evidently had not been washed for some time. His eyes were brown, large, and dreamy. His lips, disclosing beautiful teeth when he smiled, were full and passionate. He looked a handsome brute. His hands, narrow and white, exerted a peculiar fascination. His finger-nails, like his hair, seemed to be on strike against soap and brush. I could not take my eyes off his hands. A strange charm seemed to emanate from them, caressing and stirring…”

David Ritchie (1918- July 2015)

Social Worker & Organizer. Quaker activist, Organized groups of volunteers to work on housing conditions in parts of inner city Philadelphia. He ran weeklong and weekend workcamps.

“How can it not be beautiful, when something wonderful happens through enjoying good work for compassionate reason.”

Dr. Seonaid Robertson (January 27, 1912 – January 18, 2008)

Author, Teacher, Naturalist, Ecologist, Psychologist, Mystic, Weaver, and Artist, Author of the books Rosegarden and Labyrynth.

Leopold Ritter von Sacher-Masoch (January27, 1836 – 9 March 9, 1895)

Austrian writer, Journalist, & Early Psychologist Author

“The true comic muse is the one with tears running down under her laughing mask.”

“Nature admits of no permanence in the relation between man and woman. It is only man’s egoism that wants to keep woman like some buried treasure. All endeavors to introduce permanence in love, the most changeable thing in this changeable human existence, have gone shipwreck in spite of religious ceremonies, vows, and legalities.”

“ I saw sensuality as sacred, indeed the only sacredness, I saw woman and her beauty as divine since her calling is the most important task of existence: the propagation of the species. I saw woman as the personification of nature, as Isis, and man as her priest, her slave; and I pictured her treating him as cruelly as Nature, who, when she no longer needs something that has served her, tosses it away, while her abuses, indeed her killing it, are its lascivious bliss.”

Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996)

American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences.

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.”

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”

“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”

When you make the finding yourself – even if you’re the last person on Earth to see the light – you’ll never forget it.”

Jessica Savitch (Jessica Beth Savitch) (February 1, 1947 – October 23, 1983)

American Television News Reporter, Broadcaster. Host of PBS’s Frontline and New York Weekend Anchor of NBC Nightly News.

“No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.”

“One reason I left local news was that I was tired of the constant musical chairs among news directors.”

“The code of the road is, if there is anything to eat, eat; if there is a place to sit, sit; if there is a restroom, go.”

“A fact of modern life is that it takes women longer to get ready than men.”

“Television is intensely personal.”

“News events cannot be controlled, nor can newscasts be mapped out like entertainment shows”

Men still control the news, both on and off camera.”

Some news managers have been slow to grasp that good television news is always substance over form.”

“The idea of stardom was difficult to grasp. It was like being schizophrenic; there was her, the woman on television, and the real me.”

“Every time I am in danger of believing the glamour of my own press, some incident inevitably brings me back to earth.”

Rod Serling (Rodman Edward “Rod” Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975)

American Screenwriter, Playwright, Television Producer, and Narrator, Directed Live Television, Create 2 Science Fiction/Occult TV Dramas in the 1950s: Twilight Zone & Night Gallery.Also, a College Professor and Author.

‘There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition.’

“There are weapons that are simply thoughts. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy.”

“ Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.”

“It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.”

“Imagination… its limits are only those of the mind itself.”

Pierre Schaeffer (August 4,1910 – August 19,1995)

French Composer, Writer, Broadcaster, Engineer, Musicologist and Acoustician

“Sound is the vocabulary of nature.”

“Take a sound from whatever source, a note on a violin, a scream, a moan, a creaking door, and there is always this symmetry between the sound basis, which is complex and has numerous characteristics which emerge through a process of comparison within our perception.”

“The moment at which music reveals its true nature is contained in the ancient exercise of the theme with variations. The complete mystery of music is explained right there.”

“People who share the same language, French or Chinese or whatever, have the same vocal cords and emit sounds that are basically the same, as they come from the same throats and lungs.”

Noises have generally been thought of as indistinct, but this is not true.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin; August 30, 1797 – February 1, 1851)

English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, and biographer, and the author of Frankenstein

Virtue can only flourish among equals.

“Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience.”

It is time to effect a revolution in female manners – time to restore to them their lost dignity. It is time to separate unchangeable morals from local manners.” 

It appears to me impossible that I should cease to exist, or that this active, restless spirit, equally alive to joy and sorrow, should be only organized dust.”

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.”
“So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein — more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.” Chapter 3.

Arnold Schoenberg (September 3, 1874 – July 13, 1951)

Austrian Composer and Painter, Member of the Expressionist movement in German Poetry and Art, and Leader of the Second Viennese School

“I never was very capable of expressing my feelings or emotions in words. I don’t know whether this is the cause why I did it in music and also why I did it in painting. Or vice versa: That I had this way as an outlet. I could renounce expressing something in words.”

“ I owe very, very much to Mozart; and if one studies, for instance, the way in which I write for string quartet, then one cannot deny that I have learned this directly from Mozart. And I am proud of it.”

“I find above all that the expression, atonal music, is most unfortunate — it is on a par with calling flying the art of not falling, or swimming the art of not drowning. Read more at:”

“I am the slave of an internal power more powerful than my education.”

Joseph C. Smith (August 13, 1883 – March 22, 1965)

Violinist, Composer, Dance Band Leader,Recording Artist (who wasmost popular in the second and third decades of the 20th century.)

“The December 1917 supplement, of Victor Records, announcing the release of two Smith discs (one ten inch, another twelve inch), again stresses the novelty of the sound: “Both these medleys are full of striking instrumental effects which almost compel one to dance, even if one doesn’t know how. Joseph C. Smith and His Orchestra manage to produce a tone quality peculiar to themselves. It haunts you like the tone of a saxophone.”

Austin Osmon Spare (December 30, 1886 – 15 May 1956)

Occultist, Draftsman and Painter, Involved with Symbolism, Art Nouveau,

Experimented with Sexual Imagry, Created Iidiosyncratic magical techniques of A,automatic Drawing, and Sigilization based upon his experiments and studies with differing relationships to the Human Conscious and Unconscious Self.

“Anyone is capable of anything (will plus belief is ability) if they themselves create the opportune moment and incentive. Heaven gives no genius to disbelievers and no vengeance worse than the body denied.”

“In a universe that defies description, all systems of belief can only be false.”

“For I am I: ergo, the truth of myself; my own sphinx, conflict, chaos, vortex—asymmetric to all rhythms, oblique to all paths. I am the prism between black and white: mine own unison in duality.”

“My desires sprang forth as a mighty sun – all embracing – associating in the form – vortex, to enjoy ALL consciousness.”

“ Give me the death of my soul. Intoxicate me with self-love.”

“The three heads of God were sundered from existence. Who shall say that this was accident? And likewise, who shall say that accidents be not but arabesques within some wider figure? Of this nothing is known.”

Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 27, 1946)

Author, Poet, Art Collector, Organizer of Geniuses, and Medical Doctor
“We are always the same age inside.”
“I do want to get rich but I never want to do what there is to do to get rich.”
“Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.”

From Tender Buttons (1914):
“A CARAFE, THAT IS A BLIND GLASS.
A kind in glass and a cousin, a spectacle and nothing strange a single hurt color and an arrangement in a system to pointing. All this and not ordinary, not unordered in not resembling. The difference is spreading.
GLAZED GLITTER.
Nickel, what is nickel, it is originally rid of a cover.
The change in that is that red weakens an hour. The change has come. There is no search. But there is, there is that hope and that interpretation and sometime, surely any is unwelcome, sometime there is breath and there will be a sinecure and charming very charming is that clean and cleansing. Certainly glittering is handsome and convincing.
There is no gratitude in mercy and in medicine. There can be breakages in Japanese. That is no programme. That is no color chosen. It was chosen yesterday, that showed spitting and perhaps washing and polishing. It certainly showed no obligation and perhaps if borrowing is not natural there is some use in giving.
A SUBSTANCE IN A CUSHION.
The change of color is likely and a difference a very little difference is prepared. Sugar is not a vegetable.
Callous is something that hardening leaves behind what will be soft if there is a genuine interest in there being present as many girls as men. Does this change. It shows that dirt is clean when there is a volume.
A cushion has that cover. Supposing you do not like to change, supposing it is very clean that there is no change in appearance, supposing that there is regularity and a costume is that any the worse than an oyster and an exchange. Come to season that is there any extreme use in feather and cotton. Is there not much more joy in a table and more chairs and very likely roundness and a place to put them.
A circle of fine card board and a chance to see a tassel.
What is the use of a violent kind of delightfulness if there is no pleasure in not getting tired of it. The question does not come before there is a quotation. In any kind of place there is a top to covering and it is a pleasure at any rate there is some venturing in refusing to believe nonsense. It shows what use there is in a whole piece if one uses it and it is extreme and very likely the little things could be dearer but in any case there is a bargain and if there is the best thing to do is to take it away and wear it and then be reckless be reckless and resolved on returning gratitude.
Light blue and the same red with purple makes a change. It shows that there is no mistake. Any pink shows that and very likely it is reasonable. Very likely there should not be a finer fancy present. Some increase means a calamity and this is the best preparation for three and more being together. A little calm is so ordinary and in any case there is sweetness and some of that. A seal and matches and a swan and ivy and a suit.”

Charles Proteus Steinmetz (April 9, 1865 – October 26, 1923)

German-born American Mathematician and Engineer was known for his work with Alternating current, Electric power industrials, Hysteresis, The Steinmetz Equivalent Circuit,Mechanicville Hydroelectric Plant, Metal-halide Lamp, Network Synthesis filters, Passive Analogue Filter, Phasor Measurement Unit, Steinmetz Solid Transmission line, Wireless power, & Engineering education.

“There are no foolish questions and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions.”

“ Money is a stupid measure of achievement, but unfortunately it is the only universal measure we have.”

“ In this country all a man need to do is to attain a little eminence and immediately he begins to talk…. But the American people are willing to listen to any one who has attained prominence. The main fact is that we’ve heard a man’s name a great many times; that makes us ready to accept whatever he says.”

“When it comes to scientific matters the ready talkers simply run riot. There are a lot of pseudo-scientists who with a little technical jargon to spatter through their talk are always getting in the limelight by making startling predictions of what the future has in store, using as their text the most recent discovery or invention.”

“We don’t know the why of anything. On that matter we are no further advanced than was the cavedweller. The scientist is contented if he can contribute something toward the knowledge of what is and how it is.”

“{In a mathematical sense, space is manifoldness, or combination of numbers. Physical space is known as the 3-dimension system. There is the 4-dimension system, there is the 10-dimension system.”

“Scientific theories need reconstruction every now and then. If they didn’t need reconstruction they would be facts, not theories.”

Edward Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson (July 23, 1858 – July 23,1942)

American Author, Journalist, Gay & Transgender Author-Advocate.

“…My thoughts were entirely of boys and of myself as a girl. I would imagine all sorts of flirtations and amours with every good-looking boy with whom I went to school…”

“I would imagine a dozen of them standing behind a long screen with erectis sticking through the aperture, and myself going from one to another…”

“…I would imagine myself a beautiful girl skating in the rink and having a bevy of boys frolicking with me – I falling down and having several of them on top of me…”

Abraham “Bram” Stoker (November 8, 1847 –April 20, 1912)

Author of Gothic Novels, especially,Dracula. Personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre,in London, which Irving owned.

“There are mysteries which men can only guess at, which age by age they may solve only in part.”

“There is a reason why all things are as they are.”

“I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul. God keep me, if only for the sake of those dear to me!”

“I want you to believe…to believe in things that you cannot.”

“Despair has its own calms.”

“I will not let you go into the unknown alone.”

“Loneliness will sit over our roofs with brooding wings.”

“No one but a woman can help a man when he is in trouble of the heart.”

“Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain.”

“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”

“Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!”

“We learn from failure, not from success!”

“There is a reason why all things are as they are.”

“Once again…welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.”

“I am longing to be with you, and by the sea, where we can talk together freely and build our castles in the air.”

“Remember my friend, that knowledge is stronger than memory, and we should not trust the weaker”

“I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul. God keep me, if only for the sake of those dear to me!”

“Oh, the terrible struggle that I have had against sleep so often of late; the pain of the sleeplessness, or the pain of the fear of sleep, and with such unknown horror as it has for me! How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams.”

“I want you to believe…to believe in things that you cannot.”

“Despair has its own calms.”

“I will not let you go into the unknown alone.”

“Loneliness will sit over our roofs with brooding wings.”

“Even if she be not harmed, her heart may fail her in so much and so many horrors; and hereafter she may suffer–both in waking, from her nerves, and in sleep, from her dreams.”

“I sometimes think we must be all mad and that we shall wake to sanity in strait-waistcoats.”

“Denn die Todten reiten Schnell. (For the dead travel fast.)”

“No man knows till he has suffered from the night how sweet and dear to his heart and eye the morning can be.”

“No one but a woman can help a man when he is in trouble of the heart.”

“Though sympathy alone can’t alter facts, it can help to make them more bearable.”

“Oh, my dear, if you only knew how strange is the matter regarding which I am here, it is you who would laugh. I have learned not to think little of any one’s belief, no matter how strange it may be. I have tried to keep an open mind, and it is not the ordinary things of life that could close it, but the strange things, the extraordinary things, the things that make one doubt if they be mad or sane.”

“Do you not think that there are things which you cannot understand, and yet which are; that some people see things that others cannot? But there are things old and new which must not be contemplate by men´s eyes, because they know – or think they know- some things which other men have told them. Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain.”

(Giles) Lytton Strachey (March 1, 1880 – January 21, 1932)

British writer, ritic.Foundering Member of the Bloomsbury Group

“During this earlier period of his activity Voltaire seems to have been trying – half unconsciously, perhaps – to discover and to express the fundamental quality of his genius.”

“To us, with our broader outlook, our more complicated interests, our more elusive moods, their small bright world is apt to seem uninteresting and out of date, unless we spend some patient sympathy in the discovery of the real charm and the real beauty that it contains.”

“My dearest and best, Do you know how difficult I find it to express my feelings, either in letters or talk ? Do you really want me to tell you that I love you as a friend ? But of course that is absurd. And you do know very well that I love you as something more than a friend, you angelic creature, whose goodness has made me happy for years. Your letter made me cry. I feel a poor, old, miserable creature. If there was a chance that your decision meant that I should somehow or other lose you, I don’t think I could bear it. You and Ralph and our life at Tidmarsh are what I care for most in the world.”

Maurine Stuart, Rinzai Roshi (March 3, 1922-February 26, 1990)

Zen Roshi, Classical Pianist, Patron of Women’s Rights

“Become the person of no rank. Become the noble soul, and live in this awakened way, not imitating anyone. Whatever the circumstances your life asks of you, respond to them in your own individual Zen-spirited way. Don’t waste any time trying to be someone else…We are not here to have someone else’s experience. We are here to have our own vivid experience. So please don’t cling to yesterday, to what happened, to what didn’t happen. And do not judge today by yesterday. Let us just live today to the fullest! Moment after moment, each sitting is the only sitting.”

― Maurine Stuart, Subtle Sound: The Zen Teachings of Maurine Stuart

Bayard Taylor (January 11, 1825-December 19, 1878)

Quaker Poet, Author,Gay Activist

“The bravest are the most tender; the loving are the daring.”

“Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give; when to this truth you waken then you begin to live.”

“I envy those old Greek bathers, into whose hands were delivered Pericles, and Alcibiades, and the perfect models of Phidias. They had daily before their eyes the highest types of Beauty which the world has ever produced; for of all things that are beautiful, the human body is the crown.”

“His ordeal over, and Joseph resolves to go west with Philip.
They took each other’s hands. The day was fading, the landscape was silent, and only the twitter of nesting birds was heard in the boughs above them. Each gave way to the impulse of his manly love, rarer, alas! But as tender and true as the love of woman, and they drew nearer and kissed each other. As they walked back and parted on the highway, each felt that life was not wholly unkind, and that happiness was not yet impossible.”
“AH, moment not to be purchased,
Not to be won by prayer,
Not by toil to be conquered,
But given, lest one despair,
By the Gods in wayward kindness,
Stay—thou art all too fair!
Hour of the dancing measures,
Sylph of the dew and rainbow,
Let us clutch thy shining hair!

For the mist is blown from the mind,
For the impotent yearning is over,
And the wings of the thoughts have power:
In the warmth and the glow creative
Existence mellows and ripens,
And a crowd of swift surprises
Sweetens the fortunate hour;
Till a shudder of rapture loosens
The tears that hang on the eyelids
Like a breeze-suspended shower,
With a sense of heavenly freshness
Blown from beyond the sunshine,
And the blood, like the sap of the roses,
Breaks into bud and flower.

’T is the Sunshine of the Gods,
The sudden light that quickens,
Unites the nimble forces,
And yokes the shy expression
To the thoughts that waited long,—
Waiting and wooing vainly:
But now they meet like lovers
In the time of willing increase,
Each warming each, and giving
The kiss that maketh strong:
And the mind feels fairest May-time
In the marriage of its passions,
For Thought is one with Speech,
In the Sunshine of the Gods,
And Speech is one with Song!

Then a rhythmic pulse makes order
In the troops of wandering fancies:
Held in soft subordination,
Lo! they follow, lead, or fly.
The fields of their feet are endless,
And the heights and the deeps are open
To the glance of the equal sky;
And the Masters sit no longer
In inaccessible distance,
But give to the haughtiest question,
Smiling, a sweet reply.”

Lilyan Tashman (October 23, 1896 – March 21, 1934)

American vaudeville and Film Actress who was best known for her supporting roles as tongue-in-cheek villainesses and the vindictive “other woman.” She made 66 films over the course of her Hollywood career. She openly was an activist relating to Lesbian society.

Tashman is alleged to have been romantically involved with Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, and Kay Francis, and to have gotten into physical altercations with Lupe Velez, Constance Bennett, and Alona Marlowe,, during the time when she worked as actress in Hollywood.

Frank Teschmacher (March 13, 1906 – March 1, 1932 )

American Jazz Clarinetist and Alto-Saxophonist, , associated with the “Austin High Gang (along withJimmy McPartland, Bud Freeman, and others).

“Tesch idolized Bix, worshipped the gound he walked on. He even tried to walk like Bix Beiderbecke, copy his movements, his little mannerisms. Complete hero worship. I saw them jam together at the Three Deuces. Bix would take a chorus and Tesch would just sit there in a trance, looking as if he were about to faint.”

“He played what looked like a clarinet but sounded like something he had invented: What issued form it were spiky, scratchy, piercing, surrealistic notes that on ordinary clarinets did not seem to exist. His style was as distinctive as his sound, a headlong, hell-for-leather outpouring, full of fluffs, undeniably brilliasnt. He was one of the most exciting soloists jazz has ever produced.”

Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862)

American Author,Abolitionist, Development Critic, Historian, Naturalist, Philosopher, Surveyor, Tax Resister, & Transcendentalist.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

““Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”

“The language of friendship is not words but meanings.”

“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.”

“Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.”

“If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.”

“If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.”

“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.”

Konstantine Tsiokovsky (September 17, 1857 – September 19, 1935)

Early Pioneer of Rockets & the Concept of Space Travel

“The Earth is the cradle of mankind, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.”

“I do not remember how it got into my head to make the first calculations related to rocket. It seems to me the first seeds were planted by famous fantaseour, J. Verne.”

“First, inevitably, the idea, the fantasy, the fairy tale. Then, scientific calculation. Ultimately, fulfillment crowns the dream.”

“All the Universe is full of the life of perfect creatures.”

“Mankind will not forever remain on Earth, but in the pursuit of light and space will first timidly emerge from the bounds of the atmosphere, and then advance until he has conquered the whole of circumsolar space.”

“From the moment of using rocket devices a great new era will begin in astronomy: the epoch of the more intensive study of the firmament.”

“My entire life consisted of musings, calculations, practical works, and trials. Many questions remain unanswered; many works are incomplete or unpublished. The most important things still lie ahead.”

Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky (June10 [O.S. May 29, 1895 – November 17, 1979)

Author: Astonomical Theories, Medicine. Psychoanalysis, Mythology

Some of Velikovskyi’s ideas ( quoted from Wikipedia:
Planet Earth has suffered natural catastrophes on a global scale, both before and during humankind’s recorded history.
There is evidence for these catastrophes in the geological record (here Velikovsky was advocating Catastrophist ideas as opposed to the and archeological record. The extinction of many species had occurred catastrophically, not by gradual Darwinian means.

The catastrophes that occurred within the memory of humankind are recorded in the myths, legends and written history of all ancient cultures and civilisations. Velikovsky pointed to alleged concordances in the accounts of many cultures, and proposed that they referred to the same real events. For instance, the memory of a flood is recorded in the Hebrew Bible, in the Greek legend of Deucalion, and in the Manu legend of India. Velikovsky put forward the psychoanalytic idea of “Cultural Amnesia” as a mechanism whereby these literal records came to be regarded as mere myths and legends.

The causes of these natural catastrophes were close encounters between the Earth and other bodies within the solar system — not least what are now the planets Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, and Mars, these bodies having moved upon different orbits within human memory. To explain the fact that these changes to the configuration of the solar system violate several well-understood laws of physics, Velikovsky invented a role for electromagnetic forces in counteracting gravity and orbital mechanics.

Some of Velikovsky’s specific postulated catastrophes included:[citation needed] A tentative suggestion that Earth had once been a satellite of a “proto-Saturn” body, before its current solar orbit.

That the Deluge (Noah’s Flood) had been caused by proto-Saturn’s entering a nova state, and ejecting much of its mass into space. A suggestion that the planet Mercury was involved in the Tower of Babel catastrophe. Jupiter had been the culprit for the catastrophe that saw the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Periodic close contacts with a “cometary Venus” (which had been ejected from Jupiter) had caused the Exodus events (c. 1500 BCE) and Joshua’s subsequent “sun standing still” (Joshua 10:12 and 13) incident. Periodic close contacts with Mars had caused havoc in the 8th and 7th centuries BCE.

Vampira (Maila Nurmi) (December 11, 1922 – January 10, 2008)

Artist, Photographer, Poet, Actor, Television Host, True Creator of Gothic Television, Comedian, Created the Concept of “The Glamour Ghoul”

“Regarding the film Plan 9 from Outer Space, at the time, I thought it was horrible. I knew immediately I’d be committing professional suicide, but I thought “what choice do I have?” Somehow, I seemed to be dead already. I love glamour and physical beauty. I’ve always been fascinated by beautiful men on the screen: Tyrone Power, Robert Walker, with soft-focus filters and velvet voices. That’s what Ed Wood was like. Beautiful dreamy eyes and long, sweeping lashes just beautiful. He didn’t make a very pretty lady (in “Glen or Glenda”), but he made an awfully pretty man.”

Speaking of Edward D. Wood Jr: “I just thought he was a low-born idiot. With no talent at all. Just a brazen, foolish idiot…You know, I thought he was just a goon. Ah, I wasn’t looking squarely…I just cast a glance, and just dismissed him with a thought. Kind of snobbish and foolish of me. But then over the years as I’ve mellowed and grown a little more sensible, and I began to look at this man after, after the fact. And I thought: “Incredible what he managed to achieve!” Without any help! And the obstacles that he managed to overcome! Somehow, it’s…miraculous. It’s more than just persistence. Yes, he had a lot of persistence – that’s for sure. But he also had a gilded karma that this was all intended to be.”
“Screaming relaxes me so.”

A E. Van Vogt (April 26, 1912 – January 26, 2000)

Canadian-born science fiction author and specul;ator on the true existences (plural) of time within time.

“If I believe the same things today I did yesterday I’ve learned nothing.”

“The right to buy weapons is the right to be free.”

“You have to remember that I was a bright but simple fellow from Canada who seldom, if ever, met another writer, and then only a so-called literary type that occasionally sold a story and meanwhile worked in an office for a living.”

“Science fiction is a field of writing where, month after month, every printed word implies to hundreds of thousands of people: ‘There is change. Look, today’s fantastic story is tomorrow’s fact.”

“And the more technically developed a nation or race is, the more cruel, ruthless, predatory, and commercialized its systems tend to become … all because we continue to think like animals and have not learned how to think consistently like human beings. A. K.”

“The mist enveloped her form. She was lifted into it, then instantly dropped. Swiftly, the mist retreated to the window.

Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet) (November 21, 1694 – May 30, 1778)

Author, 1st Science Fiction Novel, Social Critic, Philosopher, Mathematician, Short Stories, Historian, Businessman, Watch Maker.

“If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.”

“Common sense is not so common.”

“Prejudices are what fools use for reason.”

“It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.”

“Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.”

“God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.”

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

“Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.”

Ethel Lilian Voynich, née Boole (11 May 1864 – 27 July 1960)

Anglo-Irish Novelist, Musician, and a Supporter of Several Revolutionary Causes.

“They kill me because they are afraid of me; and what more can any man’s heart desire? ” (from her novel: The Gadfly)

Wifrid Michael Voynich born Michał Wojnicz (October 31, 1865 – March 19, 1930)

Polish Revolutionary Supporter, Author, & perhaps author of The Voynich

Manuscript from James Westfal Thompson (1869-1941)

“The range of his knowledge and interests was enormous, and his conversation threw a spell upon his auditor. Only one who has been privileged can understand the influence he possessed. His discourse touched story, literature of every kind, linguistics, science, art, men, and events. His almost omniscient knowledge, the volume and variety of which no one but his close friends could appreciate, his genial humor, his kindliness, his inimitable accent and curious turns of phrase, endeared him to all who knew him. His acquaintance with men of scholarship probably surpassed that of any man of the time. He had known His Holiness, Pius XI, ever since he was librarian of the Ambrosian Library in Milan. He knew cardinals and bishops, academicians, university professors, librarians, artists, musicians, and litterateurs of many lands”.

“Voynich seemed to be a great seducer, with a large knowledge. These qualities seemed not to be appreciated by his revolutionary friends, who found him “brash and rude”.

George de la Warr (August 19, 1904- 1969)

Founder of the De La Warr Laboratories, Oxford, UK, Researcher and Builder of Many Radionic Devices. The De La Warr Laboratories closed in 1987. Most of the radionic artifacts have unknown whereabouts.

“Early in 1954 an important experiment was carried out with the assistance of a nuclear physicist that should be recorded in this series of articles as it opens up a constructive line of thought. The story begins in 1953 when I approached Lord Glyn, a Member of Parliament of long standing, and asked him for help in obtaining a hearing with Sir John Cockcroft, one of Britain’s leading atomic physicists. We had taken some thousands of radionic photographs with our Mark I Camera and among them was a number of fairly good examples on which we wanted expert opinion. Those of the atomic lines (reproduced in Mind and Matter, December 1957) were especially interesting and we hoped they would find some concordance with current knowledge in atomic physics. Lord Glyn approached Sir John Cockcroft who arranged for a chemist from the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell to meet me. In due course Dr. A. Charlesby arrived and we showed him something of the work we were doing, finally demonstrating the Camera. Imagine our surprise when after developing our first photographic plate we found nothing on it. The image apparently would not appear when Dr Charlesby was in the room and we therefore had to ask him to wait outside while the photograph was being taken, a request that probably confirmed any suspicions he may have had. It is a simple matter of fact that we did not know then of the negative power of critical thought. We tried various methods of insulating Dr Charlesby and finally cut a peephole in the door of the Camera Room, so that he could observe our activities from outside. This was reasonably successful and the investigation then proceeded quite amicably. The radiating lines in our photographs of atoms and molecules from a central well-defined point puzzled us. An example of this ‘central point feature’ is seen in Fig. 2 of Oxford tap water which would appear to show the radiation from the constituent atoms. I had a theory that these lines of energy were released in space from a tiny vortex at this central point according to the type of atom.

Fig. 2 tends to give this impression but possibly I am biased as I believe it is possible to materialize atoms. I expressed the opinion that even an atom could undergo an experience and that an atom of oxygen existing in a copper sulfate crystal was receiving a different experience from an oxygen atom in a silver nitrate crystal. Dr Charlesby was interested in this possibility and suggested that we might try giving atoms an experience and photographing them before and after the event….

Lois Weber (June 13, 1879 – November 13, 1939)

The leading female director-screenwriter, and actress in early Hollywood.

“If women would only understand that many men are not half so interested in a well-ordered house as they are in a well-groomed wife, things might be different.“

“I’ll tell you just what I’d like to be, and that is, the editorial page of the Universal Company. . . The newspaper and the clergyman each do much good in their respective fields and I feel that, like them, I can, in this motion picture field, also deliver a message to the world . . .”

“Just as I started to play a black key came off in my hand. I kept forgetting that the key was not there, and reaching for it. The incident broke my nerve. I could not finish and I never appeared on the concert stage again. It is my belief that when that key came off in my hand, a certain phase of my development came to an end.”

H.G. (Herbert George) Wells ( September 21, 1866 – August 13, 1946)

English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, social commentary, textbooks & rules for war games

“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.”
“Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.”
“Our true nationality is mankind.”

“A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men’s lives should not stake their own.”

“Heresies are experiments in man’s unsatisfied search for truth.”

James Whale (July 22, 889 – May 29, 1957)

English film director, theatre director and actor. Creator of the great 1931 version motion picture of Frankenstein.

“My life is a game of strip poker. Want to play?”
“He’s never met a princess – only queens.”

Pearl Fay White (March 4, 1889 – August 4, 1938)

American stage and film actress.

“It is born to every Western girl to like outdoor life and to do all kinds of wild, daring things.”

“ There is no acting in a serial. You simply race through the reels.”

Crane Wilbur (November 17, 1886 – October 18, 1973)

American writer, actor and director for stage, radio and screen.

“I’m going to give people what they want. Sensation, horror, shock. Send them out into the streets to tell their friends how wonderful it is to be scared to death.”

Walter “Walt” Whitman ( May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892)

Poet, Creator of a new form of poetry, Advocate of Sexual Freedom, Nurse, Friend of President Abraham Lincoln

“And your very flesh shall be a great poem.”
“I exist as I am, that is enough.”
“Be curious, not judgmental.”
“Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.”

“I say to mankind, Be not curious about God. For I, who am curious about each, am not curious about God – I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least.”

“There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance.”

Poets to come! orators, singers, musicians to come! Not to-day is to justify me and answer what I am for,
But you, a new brood, native, athletic, continental, greater than before known, Arouse! for you must justify me. I myself but write one or two indicative words for the future, I but advance a moment only to wheel and hurry back in the darkness. I am a man who, sauntering along without fully stopping, turns a casual look upon you and then averts his face, Leaving it to you to prove and define it, Expecting the main things from you .”

Thomas Wolfe (October 3, 1900 – September 15, 1938)

Author, Poet-Philosopher, who merged poetry with prose fiction.

“All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travelers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.”

“ You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.”

“Is this not the true romantic feeling; not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you.

“ All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken..”
“Publishing is a very mysterious business. It is hard to predict what kind of sale or reception a book will have, and advertising seems to do very little good.”

“ In Sleep we lie all naked and alone, in Sleep we are united at the heart of night and darkness, and we are strange and beautiful asleep; for we are dying the darkness and we know no death.”

Edward Davis “Ed” Wood, Jr. (October 10, 1924 – December 10, 1978)

American Filmmaker, Actor, and Author, who brought back to life the inexpensive movie making that Hollywood had destroyed by 1935, pioneered making public the existence of transgendered people in a supportive manner.

“What do you know? Haven’t you heard of suspension of disbelief?”

“We are going to finish this picture just the way I want it… because you cannot compromise an artist’s vision.”

“It’s not a monster movie. It’s a supernatural thriller.”
“You’re the ruler of the universe. Try to show a little taste!”
“One is always considered mad when one perfects something that others cannot grasp.”
“We are all interested in the future for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.”
“I’m all man. I even fought in World War II. Of course, I was wearing women’s undergarments under my uniform.”

“I like to dress in women’s clothing.”

Cao Xue Qin (1715 or 1724 – 1763 or 1764)

Author of Dream of the Red Chamber, a radical novel.

“No remedy but love Can make the lovesick well; Only the hand that tied the knot Can loose the tiger’s bell.”

“When grief for fiction’s idle words more real than human life appears, reflect that life itself’s a dream And do not mock the reader’s tears.”

“Truth becomes fiction when the fiction’s true. Real becomes Not-Real when the Unreal’s Real.”