The Wisdom of the Wipe Board

I have a dry-erase board covered in quotes that I used to have displayed wherever I happened to live. I just pulled the board out from storage, so I could remind myself of what is written on it:

It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.
—John Steinbeck

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in
—Leonard Cohen

Those sleeping hearts will never understand
You can't hear the song until you dance
We run with scissors in our hands
—Ben Lee
"Running With Scissors"

It's just theater, and we're all gonna die.
—Brighde Mullins

If you have time to chatter, read books.
If you have time to read, walk into the mountain, desert and ocean.
If you have time to walk, sing songs and dance.
If you have time to dance, sit quietly, you happy lucky idiot.
—Nanao Sakaki

You need not leave your room.
Remain sitting at your table and listen.
You need not even listen, simply wait.
You need not even wait, just learn to become quiet and still and solitary.
The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked.
It has no choice—it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
—Franz Kafka

Maybe, baby, if we both relax
The ax that grinds behind our backs
Will wear itself to nothing over time
—John Wesley Harding
"Same Piece of Air"

GEMMA: If you, I'll tell you something, if you went down in history as unquestionably the greatest poet who ever lived, better than Shakespeare and Dante and all those other yahoos, I would still say, "Was he nice? Was he kind?" And if the answer is no, I'd say, "So? So what?" "Let me compare thee to a summer's day." Fuck that, be nice to people, we're all gonna be dead soon enough, God!
—Craig Lucas
Missing Persons

—Prince Gomolvilas


  1. 'no one told me grief felt so much like fear"

    cs lewis

  2. I like this idea. Why did this never occur to me?

    Oh, yeah. Not brilliant.

  3. "too weird to live and too rare to die."

    -Hunter S. Thompson.

    i've loved that quote forever.