“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the “universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few people near us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”—Albert Einstein
“Eventually I discovered for myself the utterly simple prescription for creativity: Be intensely yourself. Don’t try to be outstanding; don’t try to be a success; don’t try to do pictures for others to look at. Just please yourself.
Earliest human memory, I was probably two years old. I am sitting in a blue kids pool, with green vines painted all over it, underneath the shade of a large tree. I am only wearing a diaper in the water and am trying to make out the blurred figures of my family members preparing a table with food in the background. I begin to splash in the pool and laugh hysterically. That has to be my earliest memory as a human. Sometimes I wonder if I made that memory up from bits and pieces of other memories, but even if that is the case, I would say it still classifies as my earliest memory.