There is no task as urgent for us as to learn daily how to die, but our knowledge of death is not increased by the renunciation of life; only the ripe fruit of the here and now that has been seized and bitten into will spread its indescribable taste in us.

Rainer Maria Rilke, from “On Loss, Dying, and Death,” The Poet’s Guide to Life: The Wisdom of Rilke, ed. and trans. Ulrich Baer (Modern Library, 2005) 

A major difference between Iranian and Western cinema is that in the West, the evolution of cinema began with paintings, then photography…it was a progression through image….But in the East, our tradition of the Persian miniature did not really affect our cinema. At the beginning of the Islamic era, paintings and drawings were discouraged. So our tradition of image is not as old as our tradition of poetry… [and] we went straight from narrative to cinema….Our story-telling tradition is very poetic.

— Mohsen Makhmalbaf
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I mean that I am limited, that I don’t represent “everything” or “all”; that I have a small world of my own and I work within it. Anyone who claims to be international or global, is a fool. The whole idea of globality is silly. Or maybe even evil. The only way to reach everybody, this I learned from Dostoyesvki, is to be yourself as much as you can, as personal as you can. In other words: totally regional.

Jonas Mekas

People think too much. And they take themselves too seriously. I live without any plan. My greatest discovery was when I understood that I don’t have to do anything: all I have to do is to permit things to happen, not to be in their way.

Jonas Mekas