life mantras

there is no such thing as absolute certainty.
-- John Stuart Mill

many people die with their music still in them.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

we cast a shadow on something wherever we stand.
-- E.M. Forster, A Room with a View

you were once wild here. don't let them tame you.
-- Isadora Duncan

for it is not inertia alone that is responsible for human relationships repeating themselves from case to case, indescribably monotonous and unrenewed; it is shyness before any sort of new, unforeseeable experience with which one does not think oneself able to cope. but only someone who is ready for everything, who excludes nothing, not even the most enigmatical, will live the relation to another as something alive and will draw exhaustively from his own existence [...] perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

[i'd] be unable to paint if [i] sat by him and held his hand.
-- Georgia O'Keeffe