“Don't be dead or asleep or awake.
Don't be anything.
What you most want,
what you travel around wishing to find,
lose yourself as lovers lose themselves,
and you'll be that.”
Looking For Your Own Face as translated by Coleman Barks in The Hand of Poetry: Five Mystic Poets of Persia
“We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.”
Someone to Love (film, 1987). The film was released after his death, and it was Orson's final film appearance.
“Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living.”
Einstein and the Poet (1983)
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Address to the annual meeting of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, (30 March 1961)
Died: 1221 (aged 76)
Bio: Farid al-Din Attar was a Persian mystical philosopher and poet.