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"I want to perform an unnatural act."

- Lenny Bruce

"I get a kick out of being an outsider constantly. It allows me to be creative. I don't like anything in the mainstream and they don't like me."

- Bill Hicks

"I don’t like ass kissers, flag wavers or team players. I like people who buck the system. Individualists. I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.’” Avoid teams at all cost. Keep your circle small. Never join a group that has a name. If they say, “We’re the So-and-Sos,” take a walk. And if, somehow, you must join, if it’s unavoidable, such as a union or a trade association, go ahead and join. But don’t participate; it will be your death. And if they tell you you’re not a team player, congratulate them on being observant."

-George Carlin

"The more I see, the less I know for sure."

- John Lennon

How to Read a Painting: Lessons from the Old Masters - Patrick De Rynck Everyone can appreciate fine art, and How to Read a Painting by Patrick de Rynck is a handy guide for art appreciation and recognizing symbolism in paintings. The book is especially helpful in that it doesn't merely describe a painting, it provides pictures and close ups of details. The story behind the subjects of the paintings is also given considerate attention, as a chaotic scene in The Rape of the Sabine Women by Nicolas Poussin is broken down in historic detail. There are quite a few religious works in the book, with Biblical scenes explained for those not familiar with some already famous tales from the Old or New Testament.