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Homelessness is a part of our American system.
by Jerzy Kosinski

Homelessness is a part of our American system.
There should be nothing wrong with this condition as
long as the individual is not sentenced to unnecessary
suffering and punishment.
- Jerzy Kosinski

The principles of true art is not to portray,
but to evoke.
- Jerzy Kosinski

The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
- Jerzy Kosinski

Physical comfort has nothing to do with any other comfort.
- Jerzy Kosinski

 

Travel gives me the opportunity to walk through the
sectors of cities where one can clearly see the passage of time.
- Jerzy Kosinski

I am inspired by human sexuality.
The act itself is mechanical and holds little interest to me.
- Jerzy Kosinski

As I go to sleep I remember what my father said-that
one can never be sure if one will awake.
The way my health is now, this is becoming more and more real.
- Jerzy Kosinski

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The things I write are for those who are willing to
accept a new relationship between the reader and the author.
- Jerzy Kosinski

Banks introduced the installment plan.
The disappearance of cash and the coming of the credit
card changed the shape of life in the United States.
- Jerzy Kosinski

And really the purpose of art - for me,
fiction - is to alert, to indicate to stop,
to say: Make certain that when you rush through you
will not miss the moment which you might have had,
or might still have.
- Jerzy Kosinski

I collect human relationships very much the way others collect fine art.
- Jerzy Kosinski

I do like to live in other people's homes.
I enjoy being a guest.
I am an inexpensive guest.
When one lives in another's home he can enter into
the psychic kingdom of that person.
- Jerzy Kosinski

Persons who have been homeless carry within them a
certain philosophy of life which makes them apprehensive about ownership.
- Jerzy Kosinski

It is possible to stand around with a cocktail in one's
hand and talk with everyone,
which means with no one.
- Jerzy Kosinski

Going around under an umbrella interferes with one's looking up at the sky.
- Jerzy Kosinski

Gatherings and, simultaneously, loneliness are the
conditions of a writer's life.
- Jerzy Kosinski

Mapplethorpe presented the body as a sexual object,
separating it from the humanity of the person.
He added nothing to photography as a medium.
I hold his work in low regard.
- Jerzy Kosinski

I do not gather things, I prefer to rent them rather than to possess them.
- Jerzy Kosinski

In my photographs it is apparent that there was no
posing at the moment I released the shutter.
- Jerzy Kosinski

I don't fret over lost time - I can always use the situations in a novel.
- Jerzy Kosinski

It is not sex by itself that interests me,
but its particular role in American consciousness,
and in my own life.
- Jerzy Kosinski

Take a look at the books other people have in their homes.
- Jerzy Kosinski

There must be no worse punishment to a totalitarian
nation than the withdrawal of capital.
- Jerzy Kosinski

There are many types of participation.
One can observe so intensely that one becomes part of the action,
but without being an active participant.
- Jerzy Kosinski

I can create countries just as I can create the actions of my characters.
That is why a lot of travel seems to me a waste of time.
- Jerzy Kosinski

I look back into past history, the stored experiences
or products of the imagination.
I look no further forward than the evening.
- Jerzy Kosinski

A trait which differentiated New York from European
cities was the incredible freedom and ease in which life,
including sexual life, could be carried on,
on many levels.
- Jerzy Kosinski

The planned sit-down reception is an artificial forum
where one is presented with a limited number of persons
with whom he can hold a conversation.
- Jerzy Kosinski

A novelist has a specific poetic license which also applies to his own life.
- Jerzy Kosinski

If we reduce social life to the smallest possible unit
we will find that there is no social life in the company of one.
- Jerzy Kosinski

In London, the weather would affect me negatively.
I react strongly to light.
If it is cloudy and raining, there are clouds and rain in my soul.
- Jerzy Kosinski

I write for a certain sphere of readers in the United
States who on average watch seven and a half hours
of multichannel television per day.
- Jerzy Kosinski

In Palm Springs, they think homelessness is caused by bad divorce lawyers.
- G. B. Trudeau

People can be so apathetic.
They continue to ignore the real people trapped in
poverty and homelessness.
It's almost maddening.
- Daphne Zuniga

Although AmeriCorps is making a difference among its
participants and the people they serve,
we must address homelessness and the need for job training among our veterans.
- Cliff Stearns

Homelessness is the actor's fate; physical incapacity
to attain what is most required and desired by such
a spirit as I am a slave to.
- Edwin Booth

As Secretary of Housing, I do have to express alarm,
signal the alarm if you will, that the potential for
homelessness to grow is there.
- Henry Cisneros

We have weapons of mass destruction we have to address here at home.
Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction.
Homelessness is a weapon of mass destruction.
Unemployment is a weapon of mass destruction.
- Dennis Kucinich

I'm not so sure that people consider homelessness to be as important as,
say, the Vietnam War.
One should never even try to equate them because,
of course, they're tragedies on both sides of the coin.
- Graham Nash

A big part of letting go is recognizing
when it is time to stay in a situation
and when it is time to move on.
- Darren L. Johnson

Discretion is the better part of valor.
(originally "The better part of valor is discretion")
- William Shakespeare

Don't part with your illusions.
When they are gone you may still exist,
but you have ceased to live.
- Mark Twain

The greater part of our happiness or misery
depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
- Martha Washington

A contradiction can not exist in reality.
Not in part, nor in whole.
- Terry Goodkind

Always question WHY you are doing something.
Is it a free-will gift or an obligation?
That which is done out of a feeling of obligation
is unworkable as a substitute for a gift.
Obligation creates a feeling of resentment on your part,
and evokes resentment rather than gratitude
on the part of the recipient.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal,
and then leap in the dark to our success.
- Henry David Thoreau

The part can never be well unless the whole is well.
- Plato

All major religious traditions
carry basically the same message,
that is love, compassion and forgiveness.
The important thing is they should
be part of our daily lives.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

The freedom we are looking for
is the freedom to be ourselves,
to express ourselves. But if we look at our lives
we will see that most of the time
we do things just to please others ...
The worst part is that most of us
are not even aware that we are not free.
-Don Miguel Ruiz

Pay attention to rainbows, and snowflakes,
butterflies and the songs of birds,
the crash of storm-driven waves
and the mirror-surface of a quiet pond.
Let the depths of nature become a part of your innermost being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The hardest part is what to leave behind, ... It's time to let go!
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have accepted fear as a part of life -
specifically the fear of change...
I have gone ahead despite the pounding
in the heart that says: turn back.
- Erica Jong

A part of you has grown in me.
And so you see, it's you and me
together forever and never apart,
maybe in distance, but never in heart.
- Anonymous

Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will.
Its seat is in the heart,
and it must be an inseparable part of our being.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Choose to See Beauty and Joy:
Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Being part of the natural world reminds me
that innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

You know you love someone when you know
you want them to be happy,
even if their happiness means
that you are not a part of it.
- Anonymous

Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here?
What is this thing called the world?
How did I come into the world?
Why was I not consulted?
And If I am compelled to take part in it,
Where is the director? I want to see him.
- Soren Kierkegaard

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be
clearer in his absence,
as the mountain to the climber
is clearer from the plain.
- Khalil Gibran

If a man loses his reverence for any part of life,
he will lose his reverence for all of life.
- Albert Schweitzer

Personally, I have fond memories of playing
on slippery rocks on the banks of a rushing river
as a child and hitchhiking in college.
To those who say, "But times are different now,"
I reply that statistically life is much safer now
than in the 1950s, with regard to both crime and accidents.
What has changed is our attitudes.
In those years, a broken leg from falling off a swing
or the back of a tractor was just part of childhood -
an excuse for gathering autographs.
Today that broken leg would be a source
of outrage and probably lawsuits.
I long for a simpler time when life was taken less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The truth of the matter is that
you always know the right thing to do.
The hard part is doing it.
- Norman Schwarzkoff

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.
All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
- Helen Keller

Momma always said dyin' was a part of life.
I sure wish it wasn't.
- the movie Forrest Gump

I love you because I love you.
You are a part of me, and
I need no reasons to love you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stand with anybody that stands right,
stand with him while he is right
and part with him when he goes wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln

I am determined to be cheerful and happy
in whatever situation I may find myself.
For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness
is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.
- Martha Washington

Part of our essential humanity is paying respect to what God gave us
and what will be here a long time after we're gone.
- William J. Clinton

Just as the wave cannot exist for itself,
but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean,
so must I never live my life for itself,
but always in the experience which is going on around me.
- Albert Schweitzer


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