Interviewer: "Where did you get your ideas from?"
Duke Ellington: "Ideas? Oh, man, I got a million dreams. That's all I do—I dream. All the time."
Interviewer: "I thought you played piano."
Duke Ellington: "Nooo. This is not piano; this is dreaming." —from Ken Burns' Jazz
"I can remember when happiness to you was finding a piece of meat in your stew." —maid Maria (Mary Philips) to her old friend Anni (Joan Crawford), a cabaret singer posing as an aristocrat in The Bride Wore Red
“Sitting by yourself, forcing the swirl of thoughts into a linear, systematic journey forward—it makes you smarter. It’s like a pastry bag, literacy is. It presses you into one clear line.” —Margaret Edson, schoolteacher and Pulitzer Prize winner (for her play, Wit), in The New York Times
New York magazine: What makes someone a New Yorker?
Oliver Sacks: The inability to leave New York.
"Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager." —Susan Sontag
"In your head, picture yourself landing it." —one skateboarder to another at the Hudson River
"I didn’t want to live in a city that was organized. I left the Midwest so I could leave that kind of organization. I didn’t move here to avoid chaos. I came for the excitement of it, and I was not disappointed.” —Laurie Anderson, on moving to New York City in 1966, in an interview with The New York Times
"He once said, 'The artist's life is the best in the world if you can get through the first 40 years.'" —Mildred Small, speaking of her brother, Thomas Hart Benton, in Ken Burns' America: Thomas Hart Benton
"When I see you, I see the sky." —Claudina to me