29 December 2008

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself 
(I am large, I contain multitudes).
—"Song of Myself", Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

A clash of doctrines is not a disaster—it is an opportunity.
—Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)

I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.
—John Cage (1912-1992)

When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. When power leads man towards his arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence.
—John F. Kennedy