Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.
Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father.
What is genius? - It is the power to be a boy again at will.
There isn't any symbolism. The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The shark are all sharks no better and no worse... What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know.
The American ideal... of sexuality appears to be rooted in the American ideal of masculinity. This idea has created cowboys and Indians, good guys and bad guys, punks and studs, tough guys and softies, butch and faggot, black and white. It is an ideal so paralytically infantile that it is virtually forbidden--as an unpatriotic act--that the American boy evolve into the complexity of manhood.
I tried to be a boy,/ I tried to be a girl/ I tried to be a mess,/ I tried to be the best/ I tried to find a friend,/ I tried to stay ahead/ I tried to stay on top...
Every genuine boy is a rebel and an anarch. If he were allowed to develop according to his own instincts, his own inclinations, society would undergo such a radical transformation as to make the adult revolutionary cower and cringe.
There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.
Shall we never have done with that cliche, so stupid that it could only be human, about the sympathy of animals for man when he is unhappy? ...A fit of crying disturbs them, they'll sometimes imitate sobbing, and for a moment they'll reflect our sadness. But they flee unhappiness as they flee fever, and I believe that in the long run they are capable of boycotting it.
<who said what & when>
- Heraclitus of Ephesus, from his surviving fragments (ca. 500 BCE)
- Roger von Oech, A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative (1983, 1992)
- James Matthew Barrie, Tommy and Grizel (1915)
- Ernest Hemingway, to critic Bernard Berenson in 1951; Selected Letters, ed. by Carlos Baker (1981)
- James Arthur Baldwin, an interview in Playboy (1985)
- Madonna, "American Life," American Life (2003)
- Henry Miller, The Books in My Life (1951)
- Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer (1876)
- (Sidonie-Gabrielle) Colette, Break of Day (1961)