"Once in a while it vanishes - in the sense that I become deaf to beauty for a week or two or three. This coming and going of the inner life - because this is what it is - is a curse and a blessing. I don't need to explain why it's a curse. A blessing because it brings about a movement, an energy which, when it peaks, creates a poem. Or a moment of happiness."
— Adam Zagajewski
Polish poet, born June 21, 1945

"Human life and objects and trees vibrate with mysterious meanings, which can be deciphered like cuneiform writing. There exists a meaning, hidden from day to day, but accessible in moments of greatest attentiveness, in those moments when consciousness loves the world."
— Adam Zagajewski
Polish poet, born June 21, 1945

"Ballet is not just my profession, it is my life. It is horrible for me to think that one day it will all finish."
— Svetlana Zakharova
Russian Prima ballerina, born June 10, 1979

"The universe consists of 5% protons, 5% neutrons, 5% electrons and 85% morons."
— Frank Zappa
American singer, born December 21, 1940

"A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open."
— Frank Zappa
American singer, born December 21, 1940

"A wise man once said, never discuss philosophy or politics in a disco environment."
— Frank Zappa
American singer, died December 4, 1993

"Being an artist, I had an artist's instincts.You can see the picture before it's taken; then it's up to you to get the camera to see."
— James Van Der Zee
American photographer, born June 29, 1886

"I tried to see that every picture was better-looking than the person."
— James Van Der Zee
American photographer, died May 15, 1983

"I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me. I always feel better when I can see that there is something to hold back the shadows."
— Roger Zelazny
American author and poet, died May 13, 1970

"We would, however, perform an injustice to the bourgeois women's rights movement if we would regard it as solely motivated by economics. No, this movement also contains a more profound spiritual and moral aspect."
— Clara Zetkin
German activist, established first International Woman's Day, March 19, 1911

"My lands are where my dead lie buried."
— Korczak Ziolkowski
American sculptor, born September 6, 1908

"I've learned that you don't have to win first place to win."
— Kim Zmeskal
American gymnast, born February 6, 1976
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