"The person who dares to be alone can come to see that the 'emptiness' and 'uselessness' which the collective mind fears and condemns are necessary conditions for the encounter with truth. It is in the desert of loneliness and emptiness that the fear of death and the need for self-affirmation are seen to be illusory." - Thomas Merton, "Raids on the Unspeakable"

A Master

"A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both." - François-René de Chateaubriand

The Pure Act

"I had to make a decision of shifting my weight from one foot anchored on the building to the foot anchored on the wire. This is probably the end of my life, I don't know. And on the other hand, something I could not resist, and I made no effort to resist, called me upon that wire."

- Philippe Petit - tightrope artist