These are the things I’ve heard and read that help me work, live, and think. The things that shape my work and remind me that everything is going to be ok. And, of course, the things that make me smile.

“You can’t really say what is beautiful about a place, but the image of the place will remain vividly with you.”—Tadao Ando

“Megutama may be a little ship floating in the seven seas of the world. What we carry on this ship is just the pure drive to eat. And when there is a sign of good food calling from the horizons, we set sail towards our destination, wherever that may be. Since our little ship does not pledge allegiance to any country, we can bond with anyone, anywhere. So just say the password, ‘Let’s eat good food and rejuvenate our souls!’”—Megutama

“Shut up and look.”—Edward Tufte

“The unbuilt is the fantasy that underlies everything.”—Rem Koolhaas

“He and I suddenly saw the whole country like an oyster for us to open; and the pearl was there, the pearl was there.”—Jack Kerouac