The mood of the moment: words and philosophies that inspire and inform us.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Oscar Wilde

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

Mark Twain

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. ”

Theodore Roosevelt

“The hope of a secure and wonderful world lies with disciplined non-conformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Be good.”


“It's not where you take things from—it's where you take them to. ”

Jean-Luc Godard

“Why worry? If you've done the very best you can, worrying won't make it any better.”

Walt Disney

“If we stop trying to improve ourselves and start trying to delight ourselves, we get further as artists.”

Julia Cameron

“If you want to build a ship, don't gather people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather, teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

Antoine Saint-Exupéry

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. ”

Abraham Lincoln

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.”

Anais Nin

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.”

Benjamin Franklin

“Be silly. Be honest. Be kind. ”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. ”

Stephen R. Covey

“Don't be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.”

Henry Miller

“Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”

Guillaume Apollinaire

“I believe in deeply ordered chaos. ”

Sir Francis Bacon

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. ”

Leonardo da Vinci

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

Ray Bradbury

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

Pablo Picasso

“There is no end. There is no beginning.
There is only the infinite passion of life.”

Federico Fellini

“When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.”

Abraham Lincoln

“Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends.”

Lewis Mumford

“I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.”

Steve Martin

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”


“The sharing of art is a precursor to the sharing of other human experiences, for what is pleasurable in art becomes thinkable in life. ”

Brian Eno

“When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.”

Tuli Kupferberg

“Inspiration is for amateurs. I just get to work.”

Chuck Close

“Above all, keep your colors fresh.”

Edouard Manet

“When genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot. ”

D.H. Lawrence

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last you create what you will.”

George Bernard Shaw

“The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.”

Bertrand Russell

“We may all have come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“[To be a] lively, attractive, safe and sustainable city, [San Francisco must] be sweet to its pedestrians, sweet to its cyclists. ”

Danish urban designer Jan Gehl

“Make everything as simple as possible, but no simpler.”

Albert Einstein

“I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones. ”

John Cage

“Climate is an angry beast, and we are poking at it with sticks.”

Wallace Brocker, scientist

“You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats.”


“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

Jimi Hendrix

“Public space is for living, doing business, kissing, and playing. Its value can't be measured with economics or mathematics; it must be felt with the soul.”

Enrique Peñalosa, former Mayor of Bogota, Columbia

“True stability results when presumed order and presumed disorder are balanced. A truly stable system expects the unexpected, is prepared to be disrupted, waits to be transformed. ”

Tom Robbins

“If you have two loaves of bread, sell one and buy a lily.”

Chinese proverb + favorite saying of Emilie Baker, David's mom

“It is impossible to have progress without conscience.”

Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008)

“You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird... So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing—that's what counts.”

Richard Feynman

“Stimulate imagination, evoke emotions, bring pleasure or do nothing.”

Alexander Girard

“Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us... We are not the only experiment.”

R. Buckminster Fuller

“Here's what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey. And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what we're hooked on.”

Kurt Vonnegut

“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center. ”

Kurt Vonnegut

Eco non ego (resonance, not self).”

Matteo Thun

“Anyone who don't love this life is crazy.”

Manual, Manual's Tavern, Atlanta, Georgia

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not!”

Dr. Seuss

“Living a life is like constructing a building: if you start wrong, you'll end wrong.”

Maya Angelou

“Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.”

Francisco de Goya

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

Dolly Parton

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”

Frank Zappa

“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.”

Thomas Fuller

“Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context—a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.”

Eliel Saarinen

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”


“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Reduce parking demand through limiting the absolute amount of spaces and prioritizing the spaces for short-term and ride-share uses.”

The San Francisco General Plan

“Conventional wisdom is the opposite of common sense.”

Merritt Sher

“Every morning I awake torn between a desire to save the world and an inclination to savor it. This makes it hard to plan the day. But if we forget to savor the world, what possible reason do we have for saving it?”

E.B. White

“Preoccupation with our own interests—our own narrow desires, ambitions, and goals—undermines our ability to be compassionate. Conversely, the more we concern ourselves with providing for others’ well-being, the more meaningful our lives become and the happier we ourselves will be.”

The Dalai Lama

“If I see a chair in a beautiful space, no matter how beautiful the chair is, it can never be as beautiful to me as the plain space. My favorite piece of sculpture is a solid wall with a hole in it to frame the space on the other side.”

Andy Warhol

“There is something bigger and more worth while than the things we see about us, the things we live by and strive for. There is an undiscovered beauty, a divine excellence, just beyond us. Let us stand on tiptoe, forgetting the nearer things and grasp what we may.”

Bernard Maybeck, 1923

“Everything that can be digital will be digital.”

Craig Kanarick, Chief Scientist, Razorfish