A. J. Darkholme

Author, Poet, Artist, Philosopher

Most notable work:
The Morningstar Chronicles
(Novel, Series)

The Introvert
(Poem)

Influential Quotes

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
— Pablo Picasso
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
— Alice Walker
Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life thinking it’s stupid
— Albert Einstein
If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
— Vincent Van Gogh
You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?
— George Bernard Shaw
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
— Mark Twain
Never let your schooling interfere with your education.
— Albert Einstein
Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.
— Salvador Dali
Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.
— Leo Burnett
“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.”
— John F. Kennedy
But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure, then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor, into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
— Khalil Gibran
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
— Albert Einstein
If you focus too closely on a certain path, you may miss the detours you’re meant to take.
— Darkholme's Gr. 10 fortune cookie
Everybody seeks happiness! Not me, though! That’s the difference between me and the rest of the world. Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria!
— Bill Watterson, "Calvin and Hobbes"
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
— George Bernard Shaw
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
— Kurt Vonnegut
I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.
— Jimi Hendrix
He who has not the spirit of this age, has all the misery of it.
— Voltaire
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
— Oscar Wilde
Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.
— Louise Erdrich
Violence is what happens when we don’t know what else to do with our suffering.
— Parker Palmer
Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that — but you are the only you.
— Neil Gaiman
The personality susceptible to the dream of limitless freedom is a personality also prone, should the dream ever sour, to misanthropy and rage.
— Jonathan Franzen
Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.
— Mary Shelley (Frankenstein)
History should be written as philosophy.
— Voltaire
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
— Albert Einstein
Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.
— Albert Einstein
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
— Isaac Asimov
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
— Albert Einstein
If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
— E. B. White
As you can see, I have memorized this utterly useless piece of information long enough to pass a test question. I now intend to forget it forever. You’ve taught me nothing except how to cynically manipulate the system. Congratulations.
— Bill Watterson, "Calvin and Hobbes"
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
— Albert Einstein
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
I don’t know which is worse: that everyone has his price, or that the price is always so low.
— Bill Watterson, "Calvin and Hobbes"
Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
— H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
— Albert Einstein
The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.
— Kalu Ndukwe Kalu
Impossibilities vanish when a man and his God confront a mountain.
— Robert Schuller
You can’t do much about your ancestors, but you can influence your descendants enormously.
— Anonymous
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