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Retro Quote – Ingmar Bergman

“I am living permanently in my dream, from which I make brief forays into reality.”

Ingmar Bergman, Images: My Life in Film

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Retro Quote – Chris Rock

“I’m sure there were no Black nominees some of those years…say, ’62, ’63.  And Black people did not protest.  Why?  Because we had real things to protest at the time.”

Chris Rock, during his monologue at the 2016 Oscar ceremonies

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Retro Quote – Walt Whitman

“Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul.”

Walt Whitman

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Retro Quote – Lionel Trilling

“What marks the artist is his power to shape the material of pain we all have.”

Lionel Trilling

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Retro Quote – Claes Oldenburg

“I am for an artist that is political-erotical-mystical; that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum.”

Claes Oldenburg

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Retro Quote – Sylvia Plath

“I love my rejection slips.  They show me I tried.”

Sylvia Plath

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Retro Quote – John Vance Cheney

“The soul would have no rainbow, had the eyes no tears.”

John Vance Cheney

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Retro Quote – Virginia Woolf

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.”

Virginia Woolf

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Retro Quote – Anaïs Nin

“It is the function of art to renew our perception.  What we are familiar with we cease to see.  The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.”

Anaïs Nin

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Retro Quote – Chinua Achebe

“The world is like a mask dancing.  If you want to see it well, you do not stand in one place.”

Chinua Achebe

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