Folks, here’s (probably) the last round of sketchquotes from 2016.  Wishing all a joyous, peaceful and safe 2017.carrie-fisher Everything is negotiable. Whether or not the negotiation is easy is another thing. — Carrie Fisher. (Rest in power.)

fuller Everyone is born a genius but the process of living de-geniuses them.  — R. Buckminster Fullergeorge-saunders Developing our sympathetic compassion is not only possible but is the only reason for us to be here on earth. — George Saunders

bayard-rustin If we desire a society of peace, then we cannot achieve such a society through violence. — Bayard Rustin

phyllis-diller A smile is a curve that sets everything straights.  — Phyllis Diller

philip-glassTraditions are imploding and exploding everywhere – everything is coming together, for better or worse, and we can no longer pretend we’re all living in different worlds. — Philip Glass

ira-glassWe live in a world where joy and empathy and pleasure are all around us, there for the noticing. — Ira Glass

neko-case I’m too small for the universe to revolve around me. It is a huge relief.  — Neko Case

cavett It’s a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn’t want to hear.  — Dick Cavett

shane-macgowanCram as much pleasure as you can into life, and rail against the pain that you have to suffer as a result.  — Shane MacGowan


was it ______ who said?

Ten insightful quotes from smart people. Happy holidays, y’all!

mahalia-jackon The mind and the voice by themselves are not sufficient. — Mahalia Jackson

dickensThere are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.  — Charles Dickens

august-wilson Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.  — August Wilson

frederick-douglassIf there is no struggle, there is no progress.  — Frederick Douglass

spalding-grayHow therapeutic it is to surround yourself with people stranger than yourself. — Spalding Gray

audre-lorde-yelloIt is not our differences that divid us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.  — Audre Lorde

dostoyevsky Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.  — Fyodor Dostoyesvsky

pope Who am I to judge?  — Pope Francis

yuri-kochiyamaLife is the input of everyone who touched your life and every experience that entered it. We are all part of one another.  — Yuri Kochiyama

mark-kleimanWhat if all conflicts could be resolved this way?  — Mark Kleiman (This way = mediation, Happy retirement, Mark!)

sketch ’em if you can.

harvey-fierstein I do believe we’re all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in putting good into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other.  — Harvey Fierstein

goetheThe way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.  — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

capote-copy Loving, having no geography, knows no boundaries.  — Truman Capote

moshin-hamidEmpathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself. — Moshin Hamid

anna-deavere-smith-color You have to listen with a heart. I don’t want to sound touchy-feely. It is not. It is very hard work.  — Anna Deavere Smith

jelloOnce you get involved with bloodsport litigation, you can not only get drunk on your own greed but start to believe your own lies.  — Jello Biafra

garth-brooksThe greatest conflicts are not between two people but between one person and himself. — Garth Brooks  (I must admit I am of two minds with this quote. — Brad)

regina-spektor The world is surreal and beautiful and everything is fine. — Regina Spektor   (Ms. Spektor’s response to my drawing: Wow…That just made me feel a bit more hopeful somehow, and I know that I don’t know what I’m talking about most of the time…)

rilkeA person isn’t who they are during the last conversation you had with them – they’re who they’ve been throughout your whole relationship. — Rainer Maria Rilke

galtungBy peace we mean the capacity to transform conflicts with empathy, without violence, and creatively —  a never-ending process  — Johan Galtung

pablo-casalsIt takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.  — Pablo Casals

brad’s sketch fever

sibelius-colorIf we understood the world we would realize that there is a logic of harmony underlying its manifold apparent dissonances.  — Jean Sibelius

ruby-dee The greatest gift is not to be afraid to question.  — Ruby Dee

martti-ahtisaari The mediator’s role combines those of a ship’s pilot, consulting medical doctor, midwife and teacher.  — Martti Ahtisaari

eco For every complex problem, there’s a simple solution, and it’s wrong.  — Umberto Eco (also attributed to H.L. Mencken)

patton-oswalt-yello When you spot violence or bigotry or intolerance think “the good outnumber you, and we always will. — Patton Oswalt

ornette-coleman Human existsance exists on a multiple level, not just on a two-dimensional level, not just being identified with what you do and say.  — Ornette Coleman

george-bernard-shawThe single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it took place. — George Bernard Shaw

voltaire The ear is the avenue to the heart. — Voltaire

daniel-johnston To understand and to be understood is to be free.   — Daniel Johnston

desmond-tutu If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies. — Desmond Tutu  (Also attributed to Moshe Dayan and others!)

philip-k-dick The true measure of a man is this: how quickly he can respond to the needs of others and how much of himself he can give.  — Philip K. Dick

borges Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.  — Jorge Luis Borges