“Do not give them a candle to light the way, teach them how to make fire instead. That is the meaning of enlightenment.”

Kamand Kojouri

“Why do you feel so powerless? Go spend an hour with ants. Each of those black specks you see is a life. One whole life that you can save, take, or affect in some way. You have the power to make so many lives better. It is within you. Don’t lose sight of that.”

Kamand Kojouri

“It’s so easy to lose faith and become lost in all the politics of the world. That’s why we need the arts. To sublimate our frustration and anger into something beautiful. Freud called sublimation a virtuous defence mechanism because it is in the arts that we can find our humanity.”

Kamand Kojouri

“Maybe when we face a tragedy, someone, somewhere is preventing a bigger tragedy from happening.”

Kamand Kojouri

“Now is not the time for bigots and racists. No time for sexists and homophobes. Now, more than ever, is the time for ARTISTS. It’s time for us to rise above and to create. To reveal humanity. To rekindle hope. We must prevent society from destroying itself, from losing its way. Now is the time for love.”

Kamand Kojouri

“Two things are needed to raise awareness: education and love. And these go hand in hand because we can be taught to love.”

Kamand Kojouri

“Autumn is my favourite season of all. It is a transitory period that allows the earth to rest before it sees the harshness of winter and hears the promise of spring.”

Kamand Kojouri

“Disappointment is a blessing. If you were never disappointed, you’d never know what was important to you.”

Kamand Kojouri

“Sadness is an invitation to God.”

Kamand Kojouri

“Love can bless you with a sense of purpose and direction when all else fails. Because to have faith in love is to be optimistic about life. Love is hopefulness.”

Kamand Kojouri