Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man’s physical means to express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed.
Charles Baudelaire – French poet (1821 – 1867)
Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self respect springs.
Joan Didion, “Slouching Towards Bethlehem”
There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
English critic & novelist (1894 – 1963)