Modern Muses

"The point, she knew, was to stay inspired. It is an awareness that, I think, grounded and accompanied her throughout her life..."

The speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.

—Audre Lorde

For what it’s worth it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be…and if you’re not I hope you have the strength to start all over again.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald


"Ubuntu is very difficult to render into a Western language. It speaks of the very essence of being human… You share what you have. It is to say, ‘My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in yours.’ We belong in a bundle of life. We say, ‘A person is a person through other persons.’ It is not, ‘I think therefore I am.’ It says rather, ‘I am human because I belong. I participate, I share.’ A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humilliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed, or treated as if they were less than who they are."

-Desmond Tutu, from his book No Future Without Forgiveness

Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost… What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.

—Helen Keller

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.


It’s our choices that show who we truly are… far more than our abilities.

—JK Rowling

Never let your fear decide your fate.


saw this fella live in Boston - sophomore year of college - and he’s still on my mind. have a listen, I dare you.