-- Alan J. Perlis
Epigrams retrieve deep semantics from a data base that is all procedure.
-- Augusten Burroughs
I like flaws and feel more comfortable around people who have them. I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.
-- Loki Freign
I don't need it to be easy
just worth the effort
I like to think that if you put your trust out there, if you really give people the benefit of the doubt, see their best intentions, people will rise to the occasion.
-- Winnie the Pooh
If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.
No one fails
-- William Butler Yeats
Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.
-- David Foster Wallace
It is within your power to experience a crowded, loud, slow, consumer-hell-type situation as not only meaningful but sacred, on fire with the same force that lit the stars - compassion, love, the sub-surface unity of all things. Not that that mystical stuff's necessarily true: the only thing that's capital-T True is that you get to decide how you're going to try to see it. You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn't. You get to decide what to worship.
-- William James
Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
-- Dr. Seuss
If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.
-- Vincent van Gogh
But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.
-- Douglas Adams
He was constantly reminded of how startlingly different a place the world was when viewed from a point only three feet to the left.
-- Michel de Montaigne
Every movement reveals us.
-- Niels Bohr
Never express yourself more clearly than you think.
-- Friederich Nietzsche
The author must keep his mouth shut when his work starts to speak.
Things change, choices exclude.
-- Stephen Coltrin
Any sufficiently wry wag is indistinguishable from a fullblown batshit nutcase.
-- William Burroughs
If, after having been exposed to someone's presence, you feel as if you've lost a quart of plasma, avoid that presence. You need it like you need pernicious anemia.
-- Timothy Leary
Find the others.
-- Nancy Stark Smith
The earth is much bigger than you are so you'd better learn to co-ordinate with it.
-- Benazir Bhutto
A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
Sometimes I realize the main thing wrong with me is anicca.
Other times I'm sure its dukha.
But every now and then,
I forget to remember there's any thing wrong at all.
-- Alfred Adler
The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well
-- H L Mencken
Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
-- Shari R. Barr
Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.
-- Ken Kesey
People think love is an emotion. Love is good sense.
-- Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
The opportunity to experience yourself differently is always available.
Life: It's like driving to work, but it takes longer and involves other people. It's hard to explain.
-- Martin Buber
Play is the exultation of the possible.
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
-- Tatsumi Hijikata
Create the form and the soul will follow.
-- Kazuo Ohno
Follow your heart and the form will reveal itself.
-- Inayat Khan
The more one studies the harmony of music, and then studies human nature, how people agree and how they disagree, how there is attraction and repulsion, the more one will see that it is all music.
-- Maya Angelou
When people show you who they are, believe them.
-- Rainer Marie Rilke
Your task is to love what you do not understand.
the god of love is a hooker working the streets for the god of power
Money is not sex. Money can't even buy you love, much less decent sex.
-- M. Scott Peck
the problem of distinguishing what we are and what we are not responsible for in this life is one of the greatest problems of human existence
-- D Sky
there's only one topic anyway really; the fabric is tightly woven and when touched it glitters - OH AH
-- Steve Evans
I have been spoilt by hardships:
The sacrament of giving up
What I thought dear until I saw
The real need water-clear.
-- Carl Jung
The best political, social, and spiritual work we can do is to withdraw the projection of our shadow onto others.
(eileen's note: Now, if only everyone around me would learn that, my life would be just perfect. *chuckle*)
-- Leonard Cohen
There is a crack, a crack in everything. It's how the light gets in.
-- Hakim Bey
As Nietzsche and Bataille have suggested, the myth of scarcity is merely a means of control through immiseration, whereas the actual nature of the world is one of absolute fullness, indeed over-fullness, spilling over as constant EXCESS. In language, this over-supply of meaning proves too big to be handled by human consciousness; hence the intervention of the spirits, the "muses" and other extra-conscious sources.
-- E.B. White
If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
When observed calmly, all things have their fulfillment.
-- Anais Nin
The day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Summum ius summa iniuria (The more laws, the less justice).
In a quantum universe life only sucks if you try to measure it but if you just smoke pot instead then it is infinitely amazing.
-- Robert Rosen
Ideas do not have to be correct in order to be good; its only necessary that, if they do fail, they do so in an interesting way.
-- John Holmes
It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
-- W. Edwards Deming
Learning is not compulsory but neither is survival.
-- H. H. Munro (Saki)
A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.
Words exist because of meaning; once you've got the meaning you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can have a word with him?
-- Albert Einstein
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
-- Martin Buber
The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable:
-- Keizan Jokin
Some people want it pure white, but sweep as you will, you cannot empty the mind.
-- Bertrand Russell
What men want is not knowledge, but certainty.
-- Ken MacLeod
And then, once more, just when the dust had settled, along had come—predictable as a planet, unpredicted like a comet—another orb in God's great orrery of education, or shell in the Adversary's arsenal of error-mongery,
-- Deng Ming-Dao
We stand alone in this life. No one lives our life for us. Neither drug nor sorcery can remove us, even for a moment, from our own life. We can deny it, but it is useless. We are here alone, to engage every precious moment according to our wills.
-- chinese proverb
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
... any particular thing in the universe is the sum of all the dynamical constraints operating on that thing. If it is true that no particular thing is intrinsically bounded, then each 'thing' might be a kind of local solution to the 'universal equation'
-- pardiff's pastor
There is Grace, also, in receiving; not only in giving.
-- Walt Whitman
Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)
-- Alan Keightley
Once in a while it really hits people that they don't have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.
-- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.
-- Sidi Hessel
A strong, glorious kinesthetic sense is the very fabric of self-awareness.
-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn
If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?
-- Albert Camus
At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.
Love truth, but pardon error.
-- Bertrand Russell
Organic life, we are told, has developed gradually from the protozoon to the philosopher, and this development, we are assured, is indubitably an advance. Unfortunately it is the philosopher, not the protozoon, who gives us this assurance.
I think the meaning of life is being mean... grrrrrrrrrrrr
-- Kahlil Gibran
I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
-- Hakim Bey
... understand that cherishing and unleashing are the same act...
-- Vincent Muli Kituku
People have the freedom to make choices, but they do not have freedom from the consequences.
-- Simone Weil
Belief in the existence of other human beings as such is love.
-- Albert Camus
Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity
it's God, it has to be, it's all there needs to be.
-- Thomas Szasz
People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.
-- Michel de Montaigne
Man cannot make a worm, yet he will make gods by the dozen.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Earth laughs in flowers.
May the glorious non-continuitiy of all sensory objects and vanishing illusion of all phenomenal fill your lives with chaotic and perverse joy.
God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
It is still fate who wills that I should plan.
-- Henry Drummond
The best way to get to heaven is to take it with you.
Homo sum; humani nihil a me alienum puto. (I am a man; I consider nothing human foreign to me.)
When we have put someone up on a pedestal, sculpturing them to fit our needs and desires by smoothing out the rough edges and creating new curves here and there, we cannot see the real person underneath our work. All we see is the illusion we have created. That is denying the person's real identity and is disrespectful.