“Everything hangs on how we define ourselves and how we treat those with whom we share our surroundings…”

from Douglas Moore’s Art of Quotation

Art of Quotation

“Everything hangs on how we define ourselves and how we treat those with whom we share our surroundings,

which are teeming with different ethnicities, religions and cultures. We are doomed if we lose independent thinking, lose the ability to freely evaluate and define ourselves”

Source: The Question We Must Keep Asking  (We can only define ourselves by continually re-evaluating our humanness)

Ai Weiwei, artist, activist, painter, sculptor, installation artist, conceptual artist


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oh how different

it’s easy to identify
with the longing
of those ancient Chinese friends
of mine
but oh how different
to feel at home
here in self-imposed exile
among people more alike
than different
from those from whom
I came

in the eyes

it’s the same smile
all these years
warm kind
looking out
to the world
yet there now
in the eyes
a touch of sorrow
perhaps
at this lingering awareness
of life
not always living up
to one’s expectation