"I don't want to be defined by who I am."

ART (noun): Beauty plus pity – that is the closest we can get to a definition of art. Where there is beauty there is pity for the simple reason that beauty must die: beauty always dies, the manner dies with the matter, the world dies with the individual. – Vladimir Nabokov, Lectures on Literature

BEAUTY (noun): It’s what you love. – Yoko Ono

CORPORATION (noun): An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility. – Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

GENIUS (noun): Original courage of definition.

LOVE (can be used as noun or verb): The common sense to care very much for something very good. – Charles Bukowski, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

MANNERS (noun): Manners are a means of getting what we want without appearing to be absolute swine. – Quentin Crisp, Manners from Heaven

PEACE (noun): Peace is liberty in tranquility. – Cicero

RELIGION (noun): Spirituality is the need, and religion is the junk food. – Pete Townshend

SANITY (noun): The state of one who has learned to live with his or her own craziness. – Pauline Kael

SPIRITUALITY (noun): Sure, we’re all one…but – shh – don’t spread it around. – Jay Lynch

THINKING (noun): Painful. Things which compel us to think are generally neglected. – Gustave Flaubert, Dictionary of Received Ideas

TIME (noun): An illusion perpetrated by the manufacturer of space. – [graffiti]

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