To control a people you must first control what they think about themselves and how they regard their history and culture. And when your conqueror makes you ashamed of your culture and your history, he needs no prison walls and no chains to hold you.— John Henrik Clarke
Sublime Your Wall quotations
Don't spend time beating on a wall hoping to transform it into a door.
Nobody’s going to save you. No one’s going to cut you down, cut the thorns thick around you. No one’s going to storm the castle walls nor kiss awake your birth, climb down your hair, nor mount you onto the white steed. There is no one who will feed the yearning. Face it. You will have to do, do it yourself.
Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing.
People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.
When your back is against the wall, there is only one thing to do, and that is turn around and fight.
When you hit a wall – of your own imagined limitations – just kick it in.
Corrupted by wealth and power, your government is like a restaurant with only one dish. They've got a set of Republican waiters on one side and a set of Democratic waiters on the other side. But no matter which set of waiters brings you the dish, the legislative grub is all prepared in the same Wall Street kitchen.
We build too many walls and not enough bridges.
That wall is your mind playing tricks on you.
You just need to say, 'One more step, I can do this. I have more in me.' You'll be so proud of yourself once you push yourself past your threshold.
You can create the perfect triceps by just pushing yourself off your wall.
Did your parents build knows you a swing facing a wall when you were a kid?
Follow your dreams and the universe will open doors where there we only walls.
Misanthropes have some admirable if paradoxical virtues.
It is no exaggeration to say that we are among the nicest people you are likely to meet. Because good manners build sturdy walls, our distaste for intimacy makes us exceedingly cordial "ships that pass in the night." As long as you remain a stranger we will be your friend forever.
Prayer is the window that God has placed in the walls of our world.
Leave it shut and the world is a cold, dark house. But throw back the curtains and see His light. Open the window and hear His voice. Open the window of prayer and invoke the presence of God in your world.
If you beat your head against the wall, it is your head that breaks and not the wall.
When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.
Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.
So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall.
There are four basic human needs; food, sleep, sex and revenge.
The walls we build around us to keep sadness out, also keeps out joy.
There is nothing wrong with loving the crap out of everything.
Negative people find their walls. So never apologize for your enthusiasm. Never. Ever. Never.
A wall is a very big weapon. It's one of the nastiest things you can hit someone with.
I don’t suppose I really know you very well - but I know you smell like the delicious damp grass that grows near old walls and that your hands are beautiful opening out of your sleeves and that the back of your head is a mossy sheltered cave when there is trouble in the wind and that my cheek just fits the depression in your shoulder.
Don't just be another brick in the wall
I shot me a nice deer, and I hung it on the den wall in my house.
My neighbor comes over and he says, Did you shoot that thing? I said, Nope. He ran through the wall and got stuck. Here's your sign.
A still photograph is something which you can always go back to.
You can put it on your wall and look at it again and again. Because it is that frozen moment. I think it tends to burn into your psyche. It becomes ingrained in your mind. A powerful picture becomes iconic of a place or a time or a situation.
Writing is a very strenuous thing - it's like banging your head against a wall.
At the end of the day, acting is better, just because nobody ever asked me if I wanted a Pellegrino in the writer's room.
You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.
The Art Snob can be recognized in the home by the quick look he gives the pictures on your walls, quick but penetrating, as though he were undressing them. This is followed either by complete and pained silence or a comment such as 'That's really a very pleasant little water color you have there.
Have you ever played ping pong up against a wall? You get exhausted a lot quicker than playing against someone. It's the same with getting angry. If you keep getting angry on your own, all that anger will just come back to you.
Come into my lap and sit in the center of your soul.
Drink the living waters of memory and give birth to yourself. What you unearth with stun you. You will paint the walls of this cave in thanksgiving.
You are confined only by the walls you build yourself
The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose.
You only really discover the strength of your spine when your back is against the wall.
Life is brought down to the basics: if you are warm, regular, healthy, not thirsty or hungry, then you are not on a mountain... Climbing at altitude is like hitting your head against a brick wall - it's great when you stop.
People build up walls, not to keep others out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.
When you hear the party that glorified Occupy Wall Street blast success;
when you hear them minimize the genius of the men and women who make jobs out of nothing, is that what you teach your children about work?
Your fears are not walls, but hurdles. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquering of it.
If you're just starting out as a writer, you could do worse than strip your television's electric plug-wire, wrap a spike around it, and then stick it back into the wall. See what blows, and how far. Just an idea.
The walls around you do not define wealth within you...
An older guy, he's going to show you things that a young man can't show you.
He's going to show you how to stay alive. He's going to show you how to turn corners where your young friends will show you how to turn right into that wall, you know what I'm saying?
You may hang your walls with tapestry insread of whitewash or paper;
or you may cover them with mosaic; or have them frescoed by a great painter: all this is not luxury, if it be done for beauty's sake, and not for show: it does not break our golden rule: Have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
Anybody who travels knows that you're not really doing so in order to move around - you're traveling in order to be moved. And really what you're seeing is not just the Grand Canyon or the Great Wall but some moods or intimations or places inside yourself that you never ordinarily see when you're sleepwalking through your daily life.
The same wall that keeps out your disappointment also keeps out the sunlight of enriching experiences. So let life touch you. The next touch could be the one that turns your life around.
Life is too short to leave your walls bare or colorless.
Unless you like bare and colorless then it is fine.