Vanna Bonta

American novelist, poet, essayist, actress and inventor whose novel Flight introduced "quantum fiction" to literary shelves, and poetry launched on a NASA spaceship to Mars.

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Fame is not the glory! Virtue is the goal, and fame only a messenger, to bring more to the fold.
Humility is the ability to give up your pride and still retain your dignity.
Money is only a human invention.
A heart needs only its own voice to do what is right.
Always is no Time at all.
Anger is a wound gone mad.
Gifts have ribbons, not strings.
Hate: return to sender; address unknown.
I am, therefore I think.
Inspiration always arrives unannounced.
It is indisputable that evolved thinking recognizes the universality of Life.
Looking up and out, how can we not respect this ever-vigilant cognizance that distinguishes us: the capability to envision, to dream, and to invent? the ability to ponder ourselves? and be aware of our existence on the outer arm of a spiral galaxy in an immeasurable ocean of stars? Cognizance is our crest.
Love is a quality, not a quantity.
People who worship only themselves get a slick, polished look -- like monuments. Too bad they had to go so soon.
Popularity is not an indication of quality.
The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you.
The greatest justice in life is to be who one is.
The impact of space activities is nothing less than the galvanizing of hope and imagination for human life continuum into a future of infinite possibility.
The true poem rests between the words.
Truth may sometimes hurt, but delusion harms.
We've been there on World Wars, it's time for World Party I.
When we love, we are courageous; and courage has nothing to do with being fearless, it’s about being willing to experience fear, even dread, to do what we must, without guarantee of outcome.
Poetry isn't an activity, it's a way life is lived.
A poet's first contract is with truth.
Any literature, when it arrives at being good literature, transcends genre.
Anyone contemplating world war is certifiably insane, no matter how calm they seem.
As the author of a work, I don't relinquish author-ity to just any critic, particularly not to people whose work I've not read or don't respect; those biased by envy are the least relevant, and grounded grammarians who strangle or sterilize under a banner of superiority are a close second.
Because I had goodwill for all, I thought all were my friends; and then I learned of treachery, that some preferred my end. A glorious day, the one I learned the meaning of the word. It's good to know my enemies, though their reasons are absurd.
Do it right, regret nothing.
Everything solid was first an idea.
Fear plants the whisper to beware but doesn’t look to see who’s there.
Gossip can be entertaining—occasionally I've heard the most fascinating things about myself I never knew.
Hot air expands, and seriously pompous attitude is the inflation of choice by those lacking substance.
How do we define consciousness, or what has been called the human soul or the spirit, if it can't be quantified as matter or a particle? ... it can be quantified or observed just by a process of elimination.
How do we define consciousness, or what has been called the human soul or the spirit, if it can't be quantified as matter or a particle?... it can be quantified or observed just by a process of elimination.
I am in prayer. I am one hand, this universe the other.
I didn't have a Barbie doll, so I played with eternity.
I gave my smile its liberty, with no curfew nor bounds.
I would rather have an inferiority complex and be pleasantly surprised than have a superiority complex and be rudely awakened.
Ideals do exist, the rest is just temporary interruption.
If warring is human, then why not declare a new kind of war: A waged War of education, love and friendship to win universal human well-being? I propose a brutal conflict against poverty, disease, ignorance, limitations. Imagine the troops, the regimens, the commanders, the soldiers, the discoveries, the heroes, the life! humanity and our planet, victors.
If you were the sky, I would unfurl myself in you, as a rainbow of colors yet unseen. I would become oceans of stars in your night.
Impossible' is not a scientific term.
Is it a form of social play that underneath the words people say, there is a different conversation going on?
It is interesting to note that poetry, a literary device whose very construct involves the use of words, is itself the word of choice by persons grasping to describe something so beautiful it is marvelously ineffable.
It's weird how people who are the least close to me or who've never even met me purport to be experts on the real me; and then, sadly, there are those who could be in touch with me but prefer to gossip with strangers about me instead.
Language achieves soul only when it's applied as a tool, used by those who imbue it with what they have had the courage and honesty to perceive and feel.
Language achieves soul only when it’s applied as a tool, used by those who imbue it with what they have had the courage and honesty to perceive and feel.
Leadership is not about being important, it's about serving something important.
Life is a canvas of many strokes where shades from different palettes meet into a picture so concrete that some forget it is their own, so become framed themselves.
Love is the eternal first breath.
Mediocrity inspires neither great love nor hate.
Money is only a human invention. I get paid for my work, it's a system of trade, but it's not my purpose and reason for living.
My body is an avatar.
My mother used poetry and the arts as a thermometer—if I cried, it meant my heart had not grown cold, my sensibility was alive and well.
My primary motivation for writing is to communicate my perceptions and insights into the human condition, in a way that may provide understanding, comfort, and company to others.
Our lives are fictions, a work we leave behind, signed.
Our true enemies are: ignorance and limitation.
Patience is being friends with Time.
Poetry absolves spirituality from the dividedness of religions and provides us with a sanctuary that excludes no one.
Poetry is a subset of a Cosmos, which in itself, is a poem.
Poetry is our heart, our spirit, our soul. Call it whatever; without it, everything else is nothing but hardware.
Poets can't worry about popularity since loving life and humanity involves saying what some people don't want to hear.
Pure at heart: to be like a flower that blooms as gloriously, brilliantly in a secluded wild wood, not seen and praised.
Purity of heart is blooming the same colors in the middle of the wilderness when no one sees you.
Pythagoras was the first person to call the universe Cosmos, describing it a 'kosmos.' The Greek word means 'an equal presence of order and beauty.
Pythagorean thought was dominated by mathematics, but it was also profoundly mystical.
Quantum fiction is any story that witnesses life and the human experience on a subatomic level.
Realistic dreamer is not an oxymoron.
Recognition of one’s fellows is distorted when money is prioritized as value itself.
Ridicule has historically proven itself a rickety fence for great ideas.
Ridicule is a public confession of fear.
Self worship is different from self love.
Sometimes it's the girl who wouldn't give a kiss that the boys call a slut.
Space is as infinite as we can imagine, and expanding this perspective is what adjusts humankind’s focus on conquering our true enemies, the formidable foes: ignorance and limitation.
Style of the future is the convergence of function and fashion.
Success makes enemies of those who would have never been true friends.
Teaching English and teaching Writing are two separate things.
The body knows no pain, not like the soul. At least a nerve has limits, a body part a name. But the soul... the soul... There is no bandage, even crying is in vain.
The category "Women Poets" is bizarre and irrelevant. It's a subcategory of Poets, but there is not a "Men Poets" category.
The great thing about knowing you're wrong is the moment you realize it, you're right.
The height of mediocrity is still low.
The news is disease in disguise pretending to be information.
The only truth slander reveals is about the coward implementing it.
The people knew what had made them human; it was not their shortcomings, but their hearts.
The primary dues a writer or any artist pays is to remain sentient, and to forfeit the illusionary luxury of such anesthetics as avoidance, numbness, and denials.
The real story is not the plot, but how the characters unfold by it.
The stars are not the limit.
There is direct correlation between a society lacking in artistic vision to lack of social conscience, i.e., crime, poverty, and senseless, violent atrocities, materialism.
There is no hospitality like understanding.
There is only now. And look! How rich we are in it.
Thought has no gender.
To a friend, achievement is good news, to an enemy, it's bragging.
To the degree it is efficient, a spaceship is elegant and beautiful.
Understanding precedes peace.
Unfortunately, in our society, power means the ability to dominate and oppress.
We are the ancestors of those gardening the universe.
We call interconnected order beautiful. When interrupted, we call it chaos.
What we look squarely in the eye rarely bites us in the butt.
When we can build something like the Hubble telescope and fathom images of this vast cosmos of which we are a part, it really gives pause to wonder what and who we are within a larger framework than linear adventures at the shopping mall and taxes.
When we love there is no reason why.
Where you see valid achievements or virtue being attacked, it's by someone viewing them as a mirror of their own inadequacy instead of an inspiring beacon for excellence.
Which came first — the observer or the particle?
Why have a cake if I can't eat it?
You never read about the real pain. It lives where no word can travel.

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