To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.
Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness.
You are so busy being YOU that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are.
Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself.
Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens
Happiness is part of who we are. Joy is the feeling
Do your own thing on your own terms and get what you came here for
Never dull your shine for somebody else.
None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.
The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.
Censor the body and you censor breath and speech at the same time. Write yourself. Your body must be heard.
When I write I am trying to express my way of being in the world. This is primarily a process of elimination: once you have removed all the dead language, the second-hand dogma, the truths that are not your own but other people's, the mottos, the slogans, the out-and-out lies of your nation, the myths of your historical moment - once you have removed all that warps experience into a shape you do not recognise and do not believe in - what you are left with is something approximating the truth of your own conception.
Writing is a mysterious activity.
[O]ne can scarcely be frightened off writing what one wants to write for fear an obscure reviewer should patronise one on that account.
The one thing which seems to me quite impossible is to take into consideration the kind of book one is expected to write; surely one can only write the book that is there to be written. (Letter to Muriel St. Clare Byrne, 8 September 1935)
I used to be afraid about what people might say or think after reading what I had written. I am not afraid anymore, because when I write, I am not trying to prove anything to anyone, I am just expressing myself and my opinions. It’s ok if my opinions are different from those of the reader, each of us can have his own opinions. So writing is like talking, if you are afraid of writing, you may end up being afraid of talking
If you believe in your heart that you are right, then you must fight with all your might to do it your way. Only dead fish swim with the stream all the time.
Some symbols let you express yourself infinitely in their force.
I feel your words on my lips and feel your mood in my hips
In 'The Pianist,' Polanski transformed his ghastly knowledge of the camps into an act of artistic self-expression.