Benjamin's Favorite Quotes

“Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth…that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would not otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man would have dreamed would come his way. ‘Therefore, whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it! Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.’” 


—W.H. Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

"What is painting? What is sculpture? Everyone clings to old-fashioned ideas and outworn definitions, as if it were not precisely the role of the artist to provide new ones." – Pablo Picasso

"It is easy to take a photograph, but it is harder to make a masterpiece in photography than in any other art medium." - Ansel Adams

“Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind. There is no other definition of it.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The greatest danger to our future is apathy. -Dr. Jane Goodall


Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don't believe is right. -Dr. Jane Goodall 

“...the function of imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange; not so much to make wonders facts as to make facts wonders.” - G.K. Chesterton

Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done. - Amelia Earhart

Always think with your stick forward - Amelia Earhart

“Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action.” John Muir


Whe one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
– John Muir

The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why. -Eleanor Roosevelt

"The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore." - Vincent Van Gogh

It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.
– David Attenborough

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
– Albert Einstein

"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure...than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”  - Theodore Roosevelt

"Dream no small dream, for they have no power to move the hearts of men. "-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Few people have the imagination for reality. "-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"First and last, what is demanded of genius, is love of truth. "-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“When I say artist I mean the one who is building things… some with a brush, some with a shovel, some choose a pen.”  - Jackson Pollock

"There is nothing so wrong as accepting a thing merely because men that have done things say it should be so." -Alfred Stieglitz

“There are many schools of painting. Why should there not be many schools of photographic art? There is hardly a right and a wrong in these matters, but there is truth, and that should form the basis of all works of art.” – Alfred Stieglitz 

“The ability to make a truly artistic photograph is not acquired off-hand, but is the result of an artistic instinct coupled with years of labor.” – Alfred Stieglitz 

“It is not art in the professionalized sense about which I care, but that which is created sacredly, as a result of a deep inner experience, with all of oneself, and that becomes ‘art’ in time.” – Alfred Stieglitz 

“The great geniuses are those who have kept their childlike spirit and have added to it breadth of vision and experience.” – Alfred Stieglitz

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