Oh comforting solitude, how favorable thou art to original thought!”

~ Santiago Ramón y Cajal


Helen Keller on Dance

Martha Graham's studio

Oh, how wonderful! How like thought! How like the mind it is!

~ Helen Keller, when she experienced dance for the first time in her life

Carry you chin in and the crown of your head high

Whenever you go out-of-doors, draw the chin in, carry the crown of the head high, and fill the lungs to the utmost; drink in the sunshine; greet your friends with a smile, and put soul into every handclasp. Do not fear being misunderstood and do not waste a minute thinking about your enemies. Try to fix firmly in your mind what you would like to do; and then, without veering off direction, you will move straight to the goal. Keep your mind on the great and splendid things you would like to do, and then, as the days go gliding away, you will find yourself unconsciously seizing upon the opportunities that are required for the fulfillment of your desire, just as the coral insect takes from the running tide the element it needs. Picture in your mind the able, earnest, useful person you desire to be, and the thought you hold is hourly transforming you into that particular individual. … Thought is supreme. Preserve a right mental attitude–the attitude of courage, frankness, and good cheer. To think rightly is to create. All things come through desire and every sincere prayer is answered. We become like that on which our hearts are fixed. Carry you chin in and the crown of your head high. We are gods in the chrysalis.

~ Elbert Hubbard