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Ernest Hemingway’s six-word story. Nobody is likely to forget anytime soon:
      For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn

you can fail at what you don't want, so you may as well go for what you DO want
Jim Carrey, commencement speech

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.
-- Vaclav Havel

"Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate."

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
-Albert Einstein

Do not seek to follow in another's footsteps, rather seek what he sought.

Han:"You are a fool!"
Ben:"Who is the greater fool? The fool that leads the way, or the fool that follows him?"

Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.

It must be born in mind that the tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture. It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.
--Benjamin Mays (1895-1984)

"Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it."

    "A human being is a part of the whole called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
    This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Albert Einstein

a mind, once expanded, never returns to its original shape

Always do what you are afraid to do - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Study the Ways of all professions
-miyamoto musashi, sword saint of Japan

Cognitive Biases, (affect interpretation, perspective):
Verbicide:    the use of words to effect change by means of covert subversion of intent.
Dunning-Kruger effect:  unskilled individuals overestimate their abilities and skilled individuals underestimate their abilities
Bandwagon effect:   synonymous to groupthink, describes the tendency of individuals to do and believe things within a group because others do the same
Confirmation bias:    the tendency to search for information in a way that confirms one’s preconceptions
Framing effect:    drawing different conclusions from the same information according to how the information is presented

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.  Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth
Marcus Aurelius

“If you think that moral reasoning is something we do to figure out the truth, you’ll be constantly frustrated by how foolish, biased, and illogical people become when they disagree with you.”
Jonathan Haidt, Righteous Mind

“People around you, constantly under the pull of their emotions, change their ideas by the day or by the hour, depending on their mood. You must never assume that what people say or do in a particular moment is a statement of their permanent desires.”
Robert Greene, Mastery

dont bother competing with others, compete with yourself
become the best version of yourself
To be happy: Don’t bother comparing yourself to anyone else and put all your effort into each day

you must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best
-john thomas

One will never get any more than he thinks he can get.  You have what it takes.  Look back and see your progress - damn the torpedo, full speed ahead
Bruce Lee

"Until you make the ‘Unconscious’ Conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it Fate."

If you don't have a plan of your own, you're a part of someone else's plan

As without, so within

       Carpe diem is an example of an aphorism, or "a pithy observation that contains a general truth."  Coined by Horace, a Roman poet, in his volume call the Odes, (23 BC), the prashe means, "Seize the day."  The complete quote, however, which we rarely hear, is "Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero", or "Seize the day, put very little trust in tomorrow."
       Horace was a follower of epicurus, who believed that the "purpose of philosophy was to achieve the happy, tranquil life."  For Epicurus, this meant "ataraxia - the freedom from fear, and aponia - the absence of pain."  Horace's call to action is meant to drive our attention into the present moment and motivate us to get after it, whatever it happens to be, right now.

"First learn stand, then learn fly.  Nature rule, Daniel-san, not mine."
Mr. Miyagi, The Karate Kid

"I never lose.  I either win or learn"
Nelson Mandela

The only reason you should look into your neighbour's bowl is to see if they have enough
Louis C.K.

When asked what surprised him most about humanity the Dalai Lama answered, 
    "Man sacrifices his health in order to make money.  Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.  And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not ive in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."

How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 6:30 am by an alarm clock, leap outof bed, dress, force feed, shit piss and brush teeth and hair and fight traffic to get to a place where essentialy, you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so
-charles bukowski

normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you're still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the home you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.  
~ellen goodman

I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, (get this book)

“There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, richer, stronger, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.”
-miyamoto musashi, book of five rings

What a man can be, he must be.  This need we call self actualization
Abraham Maslow, creator of Maslow's Heirarchy of needs, a pyramid style diagram for living

Lower the activation energy for habits you want to adopt and raise it for habits you want to avoid. The more we can lower or even eliminate the activation energy for our desired actions, the more we enhance our ability to jump-start positive change.

In 1926, Henry Ford, American industrialist and founder of Ford Motor Company, conducted an experiment with his own staff:
He decreased their daily hours from 10 to 8, and shortened the work week from 6 days to 5. As a result, he saw his workers’ productivity increase.

Lazy people work twice as hard

Unsuccessful people focus on what they cannot control and blame their failures on others.

Successful people focus on what they can control and blame their failures on themselves.

We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers — but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.
Katharine Hepburn

Life’s too short to waste mental energy on petty bullshit

People give shit. But it's your choice whether to accept it or not. Put yourself in a position to say fuck it, fuck off and fuck you.

Work hard in silence, let success be your noise  
-frank ocean

“Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything--all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure--these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
-Steve Jobs, commencement speech

“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.”
-Tim Ferriss, podcaster/author/etc

We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future. JFK

the secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new 

“Those who know, not only that the Everlasting lies in them, but that what they, and all things, really are is the Everlasting, dwell in the groves of the wish fulfilling trees, drink the brew of immortality, and listen everywhere to the unheard music of eternal concord.” 
-Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces

Competition is for suckers. Look to create a monopoly for yourself.  Jeff bezos

"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do."
-Henry Ford

All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.
~Ambrose Bierce

“Don’t talk like you’re one of them! You’re not, even if you’d like to be. To them, you’re just a freak, like me. They need you right now, but when they don’t, they’ll cast you out, like a leper. You see, their morals, their ‘code,’ is a bad joke, to be dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. I’ll show ya; when the chips are down, these ‘civilized’ people, they’ll eat each other. See, I’m not a monster; I’m just ahead of the curve.”
-Joker, Dark Knight
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage…”
– Lao Tzu

He who has a why can bear almost any how 

Theres no real evidence that we're any different cognitively than we were 150 thousand years ago

don't utter falsehoods because you will warp neurological structures that will read out pathologically then if you rely on it to guide you it will run you off a cliff. So if your going to rely on your sense of meaning make sure that you don't pollute the mechanism

You can't legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity
What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving
The government cannot give to anybody, anything it does not take from somebody else.
The only thing that's worse than the pain of inequality is the pain of forced equality

I have invented a myth for myself-that I'm irresponsible. I tell everybody, I don't do anything.  If anybody asks Mr yo be on a committee or take care of admissions, no, I'm irresponsible, I don't give a dam a out the students- of course I give a dam about the students but I know that somebody so we'll do it-and I take the view, "Let George do it," a view which you're not supposed to take, okay, because that's not right to do, but I do that because I like to do physics and I want to see if I can still do it, and so I'm selfish, okay? I want to do my physics.
-the pleasure of finding things out, Richard Feynman 

“A person is in Pain or they are seeking Pleasure. Provide a solution to get rid of the pain or provide a solution to obtain pleasure"

You don’t need to recreate the wheel. Make the wheel run smoother.

One does not accumulate but eliminate.
It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity.
-Bruce Lee

reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pusuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking
-Albert Einstein

The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists.  Modern art is a disaster area.  Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little
-Banksy, famed anonymous street artist

because we do not know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustable well.  And yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really.  How many more times wil you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you cant even concieve of your life without it.  Perhaps 4 or 5 times more?  perhaps not even that.  How many times will you watch the full moon rise?  perhaps 20.  And yet it all seems limitless

That alternate translation of "The meek shall inherit the earth" reminded me of a Zen koan; A soldier named Nobushige came to Hakuin, and asked: "Is there really a paradise and a hell?" "Who are you?" inquired Hakuin. "I am a samurai," the warrior replied. "You, a soldier!" exclaimed Hakuin. "What kind of ruler would have you as his guard? Your face looks like that of a beggar." Nobushige became so angry that he began to draw his sword, but Hakuin continued: "So you have a sword! Your weapon is probably much too dull to cut off my head." As Nobushige drew his sword Hakuin remarked: "Here open the gates of hell!" At these words the samurai, perceiving the master's discipline, sheathed his sword and bowed. "Here open the gates of paradise," said Hakuin.
(The meek are not those who can't fight, but those who can and refrain from doing so)

If you go out and meet an asshole, that person is an asshole.  If you go out and everyone you meet is an asshole, you're the asshole.  If you assume that everyone has negative intent, you yourself become that which you loathe.  Assume positive intent.

Don't attributes to malice what could otherwise be attributed to ignorance.

Hear hoofbeats, look for horses, not zebras

“Don’t seek to be known, focus on making yourself a man worth knowing.” – Confucius.

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be
Lao Tzu

It is no measure of health to be well adapted to a profoundly sick society
J krishnamurti
*( For example:. I once caught part of a TV show featuring teenagers with ocd or some sort of mental problems.  A group of adults was trying to recondition a teenaged girl who would otherwise 'ritualistically' take a shower after every bowel movement, as this was seen as abnormal.  Read: this poor girl was led to believe she was bad for wanting to keep her own body clean, as it differed from the norm.
  Another anecdote from Joe Rogan, if you got dog shit on your bare foot, or worse your hand, would you just wipe it off with paper towels and proceed to high five your buds, shake hands and eat finger food?  Fuck no, you'd wash that shit with soap and water.  Cultures in the world have toilets set up with just that function, cultures that look at toilet paper users as savages.  However the adults told the teenaged girl who only wanted to be hygienic that she was wrong and they were right, and reconditioned her to a more acceptable normalcy.)

Information without emotion isn't retained
Tony robbins

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.”
(Mother Theresa)

ever tried?  ever failed?  no matter.  Try again.  Fail again.  Fail better.

either everything is fair game, or nothing is.
Matt Stone, Trey Parker, creators of South park

"I'm a great believer in luck, and find the harder I work, the more I have of it"
-Thomas Jefferson

“I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.” - Stephen J Gould

He thats good with a hammer, tends to think everything is a nail

Our character is the most important thing we can improve.  Everything else is at best, secondary
-Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

William Gibson: “The future is already here—it’s just unevenly distributed.”

For acquisitions: 
if they're new to you, something from nothing vastly outranks something of low quality to high.  1$headphones are worse by far than 500$ headphones , but without the 1$headphones you can't listen to music at all. 
However, once you're familiar with them, accept no substitutes; premium quality, even at a premium price, supercedes replacing a poorly made item a half dozen times

“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine" 
 -The Count of Monte Cristo

No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.   

“No man is more unhappy than he who never faces adversity. For he is not permitted to prove himself.”         

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
-theodore roosevelt 

“A lion is fully capable of capturing, killing and eating a field mouse. But it turns out that the energy required to do so exceeds the caloric content of the mouse itself. So a lion that spent its day hunting and eating field mice would slowly starve to death. A lion can’t live on field mice. A lion needs an antelope. Antelope are big animals. They take more speed and strength to capture and kill, and once killed, they provide a feast for the lion and her pride. A lion can live a long and happy life on a diet of antelope. The distinction is important. Are you spending all your time and exhausting all your energy catching field mice? In the short term it might give you a nice, rewarding feeling. But in the long run, you’re going to die. So ask yourself at the end of the day, “Did I spend today chasing mice or hunting antelope?”

Responsibility is the price of greatness. 
Winston churchill

suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret

follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly -frank kafka

DO, because you can

to begin, begin 
-william wordsworth

What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognise the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?

They say that repeating the same thing over and over again hoping for different results is the definition of insanity.  Theres also a proverb that goes, if you keep up like you're doing, you're likely to end up where you're headed.  It makes sense, but sometimes we're a little too busy to see; we have to change ourselves to change our world.  All it takes is a little self thought, in a quiet space apart from the multitudes.  What do you want?  Why do you want it?  Are you doing what needs to be done to that aim?
People spend their lives on automatic, and years down the line wonder where it all went.  Well as Lennon said, life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.  The legendary dancer Martha Graham was asked a typical question by an interviewer,
"what you had to do to become a great dancer?  Any advice for an aspiring dancer?"
Her famous reply?
"Just do it."

Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. ~Bruce Lee.

purpose precedes form

Always work beyond your conceived means, so that you should not be content and let your work surpass your judgement.  Your judgement should always surpass your work' -Leonardo

have nothng in your house that you don't know to be useful or believe to be beatiful

"Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires." -Steinbeck

“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that ENVY IS IGNORANCE; THAT IMITATION IS SUICIDE; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.”. Emerson

Nietzsche: “I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful…I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. Looking away shall be my only negation. And all in all and on the whole: some day I wish to be only a Yes-sayer.”

” Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam”….attributed saying by the Carthginian general Hannibal before he crossed the Alps: “I will find a way or make one”.

What other people think of you is none of your business.

Youmay think adventure is dangerous, try routine-it’s lethal.

“God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please–you can never have both.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Would you have a great empire? Rule over yourself.” — PUBLILIUS SYRUS

Robert Bly:
“Your greatest gift to the world will emerge from the deepest wound that the world gave you.”

Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society. -aristotle

“The best art is about economy. [..] the artist who’s just trying to do everything winds up unable to express whatever it is that’s of importance.” Amanda Palmer

the point of having our open society is so we can foster opposing views without resorting to murder. ~M

    “The average man is destitute of independence of opinion. He is not interested in contriving an opinion of his own, by study and reflection, but is only anxious to find out what his neighbor’s opinion is and slavishly adopt it”
    Mark Twain

    “Now that the human mind has grasped celestial and terrestrial physics, mechanical and chemical, organic physics, both vegetable and animal, there remains one science, to fill up the series of sciences of observation – social physics. This is what men have now most need of; and his it is the principal aim of the present work to establish”
    Auguste Compte, Cours de philosophie positive, 1830-1842

    “… the very events which in their own nature appear most capricious and uncertain, and which in any individual case no atainable degree of knowledge would enable us to foresee, occur, when considerable numbers are taken into account, with a degree of regularity approaching to mathematical”
    John Stuart Mill, A System of Logic, 1862

take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves

Art decorates space. Music decorates time

for real though. there is a chinese folk story in which an artist and an emperor are talking..

    Emperor: what is easiest thing to draw? and the hardest?

artist: the easiest thing is a demon. the hardest is a dog.

    Emp: why is that?

Artist: everybody knows what demons are supposed to look like, but no one has ever actually seen one, so it's very difficult to "get it wrong", so long as 'it looks like a demon'.

    Emp: I see..and what about the dog?

Artist: Everyone has seen a dog with their own eyes. Dogs are commonplace. We see them every day. We know exactly how they ACTUALLY looks, not just what we think they should look like. It is must more difficult for an artist to accurately recreate such a thing.
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An old saying goes: "we are the results of what we were; we will be the results of what we are." A Pali text called The Anguttara, and presented here from What the Buddha Said, says it best:
"It cannot come to pass that the fruit of a deed well-done by the body, speech, and thought should have for a result that which is unpleasant, hateful, or distasteful. But that it should be otherwise is quite possible."
What is important to consider of course, is having set into motion the correct set of principals in the past, so the fruit beared from those endeavors would be impacting one's present. To have that present be a positive experience:
1.) From the first generate only thoughts with the right escort.
2.)Support right thoughts already risen.
3.)From where thoughts arise, generate no thoughts that carry negative escort.
4.)Dispell any negative thoughts already risen.

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, & remember what peace there may be in silence.  As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.  Speak your truth quietly & clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.  Avoid loud and aggressive persons they are vexatious to the spirit.  If you compare yourself with others you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.  Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.  Keep interested in your career however humble it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.  Excercise caution in your business affairs for the world is full of trickery.  But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.  Be yourself.  Especially do not feign affection.  Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity & disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.  Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.  Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.  But do not distress yourself with imaginings.  Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.  Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.  You are a child of this universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.  And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.  Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.  And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

what information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients.  
Hence, a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that
attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.
-herbert simon, nobel memorial prize of economics, the nobel prize of computer science

“The possession of knowledge, unless accompanied by a manifestation and expression in
Action, is like the hoarding of precious metals-a vain and foolish thing. Knowledge, like wealth,
is intended for Use. The Law of Use is Universal, and he who violates it suffers by reason of his
conflict with natural forces.” –The Kybalion, collection of hermetic teachings, Egypt  

When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told
her I worked at the college - that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back at
me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?" Howard Ikemoto

It is vain to do with more what can be done with less. -William of Occam, originator of
Occam's Razor  

I think agnostics suffer more watching the fate of the planet atthe hands of extremists and
fundamentalists because they realize allthis bloodshed could be happening over figments of
people`s imagination. ~ Jim Lindberg

"Man seeks to escape himself in myth, and does so by any means at his disposal. Drugs,
alcohol, or lies. Unable to withdraw into himself, he disguises himself. Lies and inaccuracy
give him a few moments of comfort."  - Jean Cocteau  

"Therefore, even the lover of myth is in a sense a philosopher; for myth is composed of
wonders." -- Aristotle  

We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No
Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all
been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods,
and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed
off.  ~Tyler Durden, "Fight Club"  

It is far easier to imagine terror, than to be afraid of reality.  
"In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have
long taken for granted".  -- Bertrand Russell   

The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions.  ~Claude Levi-

"He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that
taketh a city." ~Solomon  

"Freedom is the absence of legislation." -- Merrill Jenkins  

"We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount... The world
has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical
infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we
know about living." -- General Omar N Bradley

Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you
commit artocities.  -- Voltaire

Conflict often belies a lack of understanding -  

The aim of education is the knowledge not of fact, but of values. ~ Dean William R. Inge  

Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children. Walt Disney  

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. ~ Immanuel Kant

  the mind is magnetic, and draws to itself whatever it frequently thinks about  

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something
makes sense regardless of how it turns out. -- Vaclav Havel  

"you know i learned something today; its not just about me and my dream of doing nothing,
its about all of us"  -officespace  




"The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit.  The second is to look things in the face and
know them for what they are." Marcus Aurelius  

Voltaire once said that, “God is a comedian playing to an audience that is afraid to laugh.”  
an interesting fate awaits everyone, mouse or man, who does not conform. -the tale of

"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so". ~ Hamlet  

I can't have my freedom if I restrict yours.  The very act of restricting anyone else's freedom
requires a restriction of the restrictor's freedom in order to enforce the restriction.  Strictly
speaking, of course.  

If you take the field of an enemy, the enemy will come and take your field.  

Curiosity is a free-wheeling intelligence.  It endows the people who have it with a generosity in
argument and a serenity in their own mode of life which springs from the cheerful willingness
to let life take the forms it will.  -- Alistair Cooke   

As William Shakespeare once wrote, "Speak less than thou knowest, have more than thou
showest." (King Lear)  

Arrogance and overconfidence have led great men to complete ruin. As Napoleon said, "The
greatest danger occurs at the moment of victory."  

The tooth fairy teaches children that they can sell body parts for money.     David Richerby  

Better to be thought a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt.   

Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are  

PRESS ON. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing in
the world is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded
genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent -

Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. ~ Mark Twain

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone  
Without haste, but without rest. Goethe   

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life
by conscious endeavor. Thoreau   

The secret of the man who is universally interesting is that he is universally interested.
William Dean Howells   

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   

Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than
yourself. William Faulkner   

Be a life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for. David Starr Jordan   
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you
truly give. Kahlil Gibran   

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time
has come. Victor Hugo   

Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, happiness, which is everything
in the world. Blaise Pascal   

What Youth deemed crystal, Age finds out was dew. Robert Browning  

They [young people] have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or
learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think
themselves equal to great things - and that means having exalted notions. They would always
rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than
by reasoning - all their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and
vehemently. They overdo everything - they love too much, hate too much, and the same with
everything else.

Youth is not entirely a time of life; it is a state of mind. Nobody grows old by merely living a
number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. You are as young as your faith, as
old as your doubt; as young as your self confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your
hope, as old as your despair.
General Douglas MacArthur  

A true man never frets about his place in the world, but just slides into it by the gravitation of
his nature, and swings there as easily as a star.
Edwin H. Chapin  

The human race is governed by its imagination.
Napoleon Bonaparte  

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. (letter to Curt Seeling, March 1952)

The one mistake which is committed habitually by people who have the gift of half-genius, is
waiting for inspiration. Philip Hamerton  

Inventors and men of genius have almost always been regarded as fools at the beginning -
and very often at the end - of their careers. Dostoevsky

  An ideal cannot wait for its realization to prove its validity. George Santayana, The Life of
Reason, 1905-1906  

It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more
sensitive. Henry David Thoreau

"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack
down on criminals. When there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so
many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws."  
Ayn Rand  

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. Henry David

America, what has become of thee? Let them call me a rebel and I welcome it, I feel no
concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of demons where I to make a whore of my soul.  
Thomas Paine  

Be not intimidated...nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense
of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different
names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice.  John Adams  

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense,
a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed"  
Dwight D. Eisenhower  

When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, will either quit being mistaken or
cease being honest.   Give me a man driven mad by adherance to the principle of truth over
ignorant bliss any day over a man whose "success" in this world requires him to be a liar, a
coward and a hypocrite. God may heal the former; the latter may never see His face.  The
Purple Crow   

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within
him the image of a cathedral. We have within us the power to create our world. We constantly
exercise that power. Antoine De Sant-Exupery  

Remember: the lesser of two evils is still evil. Edgar J. Steele  

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating
conquest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsel or arms. Crouch
down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may
posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."  Samuel Adams, speech at the Philadelphia
State House, August 1, 1776.  

The measure of our lives does not depend soley on how we have live, but upon how much we
leave behind. Charlton Heston  

The world we create, Is the world we live in. Gideon   

We are all capable of infinitely more than we believe. We are stronger and more resourceful
than we know, and we can endure much more than we think we can... In truth, the only
restrictions on our capacity to astonish ourselves and each other are imposed by our own
minds. ~ David Blaine, Magician  

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your
work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay
there, you must go beyond them. Bruce Lee  

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.  Plato  

Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we would storm heaven itself in our folly. Horace  
Life is like sand- the harder you try to grasp it, the faster it goes.  
Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for? Robert Browning  

There are times when we stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory.
We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper. James Carroll  

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which
you yourself have altered.  Nelson Mandela  

Cowards die many times before their deaths;The valiant never taste of death but once
William Shakespeare  

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him
power." Abraham Lincoln  How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little
more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success? Elbert Hubbard  

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.  Walter Bagehot  

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it W.M.Lewis  

People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Love them anyway.  If you do good,
people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Do good anyway.  If you are successful, you
will win false friends and true enemies.  Succeed anyway. The good you do today will be
forgotten tomorrow.  Do good anyway.  Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.  Be
honest and frank anyway.  The biggest person with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the  
smallest person with the smallest mind.  Think big anyway.  What you spend years building
may be destroyed overnight.  Build anyway.  People really need help but may attack if you help
them.  Help people anyway.  Give the world the best you have and you might get kicked in the
teeth.  Give the world the best you've got anyway.  ~Mother Teresa   

If you want truly to understand something, try to change it. Kurt Lewin

If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill  

A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us. Ralph
Waldo Emerson  S

ome people walk in the rain ... others just get wet.  Roger Miller  

My mother said to me, "If you become a soldier, you'll be a general, if you become a monk
you'll end up as the pope." Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso. Pablo

The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy.  Jim Rohn  
Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects. Will Rogers  

Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of
difficulty lies Opportunity. Albert Einstein  

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then
go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Harold

Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask
why not.  George Bernard Shaw  

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness. Aristotle

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. Marcus Aelius

All men and women are born, live suffer and die; what distinguishes us one from another is
our dreams, whether they be dreams about worldly or unworldly things, and what we do to
make them come about... We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents. We do
not choose our historical epoch, the country of our birth, or the immediate circumstances of
our upbringing. We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time and
conditions of our death. But within this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we live.  
Joseph Epstein  

The pleasantest things in the world are pleasant thoughts: and the great art of life is to have
as many of them as possible.  Montaigne   

Long you live and high you fly  And smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry  And all you touch and
all you see  Is all your life will ever be  Pink Floyd   

"You know the world is going crazy when: the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a
black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is
accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn't want to go to war, and the three most
powerful men in America are named 'Bush', 'Dick', and 'Colon'. Need I say more?"  -Chris Rock  
Best line from a father - "I've got a shotgun and a shovel. I doubt anyone would miss you."   
In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its
satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.     Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 –

"If God were suddenly condemned to live the life which he has inflicted on Men, he would kill
himself" -Alexander Dumas (1802 - 1870) (writer of count de monte cristo and three

You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an event. It is a habit. -- Aristotle

Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of
season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be
done just as well as now. -- P. T. Barnum

Cattle die, kindred die, and all men must die, but there is one thing that I know which never
dies; the fame of a dead man's deeds.  -- Havamal, Viking poem  

"Bombing for peace is like fucking for virginity" Punta'e Lápiz..  

work smarter not harder  

spend less than you earn  

he started getting results when he stopped asking for things, and started offering things

Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions-albert einstein  

One does not accumulate but eliminate. It is not daily increase but daily decrease.  The height
of cultivation always runs to simplicity. -Bruce Lee  

Paranoia is just another word for ignorance.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!  Live the life you've imagined.  As you simplify
your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not
be poverty, nor weakness weakness.  -- Henry David Thoreau

The only difference between the Sane and the Insane is IN and yet within this word, the Sane
have the power to have the Insane locked up. Hunter s tohmpson

When you run after your thoughts, you are like a dog chasing a stick; every time a stick is
thrown, you run after it. Instead be like a lion who, rather than chasing after the stick, turns to
face the thrower. One only throws a stick at a lion once." Jetsun Milarepa  

anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination wilde  
everything popular is wrong wilde  

what is the pot of gold that justifies spending the best years of your life hoping for happiness
in the last?  'someday' is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you  

ask for forgiveness, not permission

most people are fast to stop you before you get started but hesitant to get in the way if you're

emphasize streghts, don't fix weaknesses...  most peopel are good at a handful of things, and
utterly miserable at most  It is far more lucrative and fun to leverage your strenths instead of
attempting to fix all the chinks in your armor.  the choice is between MULTIPLICATION of results
using strenths or INCREMENTAL improvement fixing wekenesses that will, at best, become

2. Don't worry about what people think; they don't do it very often.  4. It isn't the jeans that
make your butt look fat.  12. A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel good.  
13. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway. (Just remember how lucky you were to get a free trip around
the sun.)  18. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.  19. Junk is something
you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.  21. Experience is a
wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.  23. Thou
shall not weigh more than thy refrigerator.  25. If you must choose between two evils, chose
the one that you've never tried before. 24. Someone who thinks logically provides a nice
contrast to the real world.   

Rarely do we arrive at the summit of truth without running into extremes; we have frequently
to exhaust the part of error, and even of folly, before we work our way up to the noble goal of
tranquil wisdom.  Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays.  Be
noble minded! Our own heart, and not other men's opinions of us, forms our true honor.  

The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit.  Once you've got the rabbit, you can forget the
snare.  Words exist because of the meaning.  Once you've got the meaning, you can forget
the words.  Where can I find a man who has forgotten the words so I can have a word with
him?  -- Chuang Tsu.

"Psychedelic experience is only a glimpse of genuine mystical insight, but a glimpse which
can be matured and deepened by the various ways of meditation in which drugs are no longer
necessary or useful. If you get the message, hang up the phone. For psychedelic drugs are
simply instruments, like microscopes, telescopes, and telephones. The biologist does not sit
with eye permanently glued to the microscope, he goes away and works on what he has
seen..." Alan Watts  

In some profound way that nobody understands, certainly I don't, we are imprisoned by our
expectations, and somehow the change never happens until the expectations are
deconditioned. I mean, as an example, if everyone thinks that black people and white people
can't possibly have anything to do with each other, then they can't. So, the change must
precede the fact.  Terrence Mckenna    

Bill Hicks:  "By the way, if anyone here is in advertising or marketing, kill yourself. Seriously
though, if you are, do.  No really, there's no rationalisation for what you do, and you are
Satan's little helpers, OK? Kill yourselves, seriously.  You're the ruiner of all things good.
Seriously, no, this is not a joke.  "There's gonna be a joke coming..." There's no fucking joke
coming, you are Satan's spawn, filling the world with bile and garbage, you are fucked and
you are fucking us, kill yourselves, it's the only way to save your fucking soul. Kill yourself, kill
yourself, kill yourself now. Now, back to the show.  "You know what Bill's doing now, he's going
for the righteous indignation dollar, that's a big dollar, a lot of people are feeling that
indignation, we've done research, huge market. He's doing a good thing."  Godammit, I'm not
doing that, you scumbags, quit putting a godamn dollar sign on every fucking thing on this

When we get out of the glass bottles of our ego, and when we escape like squirrels turning in
the cages of our personality and get into the forests again, we shall shiver with cold and fright
but things will happen to us so that we don't know ourselves.  Cool, unlying life will rush in,
and passion will make our bodies taut with power, we shall stamp our feet with new power
and old things will fall down, we shall laugh, and institutions will curl up like burnt paper. -D. H.

"Man is a very odd creature. And to have arisen in a million years from the chipping of flint to
launching of the space shuttle and the hurling of instruments out of the solar system, it
seems preposterous to maintain that the forces and facts of nature as we know them could
have allowed us to do what we are doing. Instead, I take a very premodern view: we are in
league with the demiurge. We are the children of a force that we can barely imagine." Terence

".....They hurt you at home & they hit you at school. They hate you if you're? clever & they
despise a fool. Until you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules. They tortured & scared
you for 20 odd years. Then they expect you to pick a career. But you can't really function
you're so full of fear. They doped you with religion, your sex & tv. You think you're so clever &
classless & free. But you're just fucking peasants as far as I can see...." John Lennon   

losing is learning and winning is the prize of learning -DownHill   

On a day no different than the one now dawning, Shakespeare sat down and started Hamlet,
Leonardo stepped to an easel and made the first strokes of the Mona Lisa, and Beethoven
took out a sketch book and began the Ninth Symphony.  adapted from Robert Richardson,
Emerson: The Mind on Fire  

An die Freude (Ode to Joy; or Hymn to Joy) (1785) This poem is most famous as providing the
inspiration for Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and the lyrics to the choral portion of
that work: Joy, thou spark from Heav'n immortal, Daughter of Elysium! Drunk with fire, toward
Heaven advancing Goddess, to thy shrine we come. Thy sweet magic brings together What
stern Custom spreads afar; All men become brothers Where thy happy wing-beats are.No
cause has he to say his doom is harsh, Who's made the master of his destiny.   

I walked a mile with Pleasure, She chattered all the way; But left me none the wiser, For all
she had to say. I walked a mile with Sorrow And ne'er a word said she; But, oh, the things I
learned from her When Sorrow walked with me Robert Browning Hamilton

May 30, 2014 at 3:15 AM
Two simple rules towards being happy in life:
1) Don't sweat the small stuff.
2) Everything is small stuff.
(  Emptiness is the starting point.  In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup.  My friend, drop all your preconcieved notions and fixed ideas and be  neutral.  Do you know why this cup is useful?  Because it is empty.  )-Bruce Lee
Language is specific, art is universal
    One morning, finding myself with Rodin in his atelier, I stopped before the cast of one of his most impressive works.
    It is a young woman whose writhing body seems a prey to some mysterious torment. Her head is bent low, her lips and her eyes are closed, and you would think she slept, did not the "anguish in her face betray the conflict of her spirit. The most surprising thing in the figure, however, is that it has neither arms nor legs. It would seem that the sculptor in a moment of discontent with himself had broken them off, and you cannot help regretting that the figure is incomplete, I could not refrain from expressing this feeling to my host.
    "What do you mean?" he cried in aston­ishment. "Don't you see that I left it in that state intentionally? My figure repre­sents Meditation. That's why it has neither arms to act nor legs to walk. Haven't you noticed that reflection, when persisted in, suggests so many plausible arguments for opposite decisions that it ends in inertia?
    "In themes of this kind," Rodin said, "the thought, I believe, is easily read. They awaken the imagination of the spectators without any outside help. And yet, far from confining - it in narrow limits, they give it rein to roam at will. That is, according to me, the role of art. The form which it creates ought only to furnish a pretext."
"Nothing is true, all is permitted" Hassan Sabbah, last words, actual assassin.  Also featured in the game Assassin's Creed.
To say that nothing is true, is to realize the foundations of society are fragile and that we must be the shepherds of our own civilization.
To Say that everything? is permitted, is to understand that we are the architects of our actions, and that we must live with their consequences, whether glorious or tragic.
Beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon. -Oscar Wilde
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. -Oscar Wilde
Do not bother about being modern - Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid. -Salvador Dali
True art always pops up wherever you don't expect it. Art hates to be recognized and greeted by name. It instantly takes off. Art is a person who passionately loves going incognito. Nobody recognizes him. He walks about everywhere. -Jean Dubuffe
I have spoken to the most intelligent people about art, and they have not understood; but among those who understand, words are not necessary; you say 'Humpf, he, ha' and everything has been said. -Degas
A work of art is never made in advance. There is no separation between the thought and the creative act; they are completely one and the same. -Matisse
This art, with which you and I try to mean something, and about which so few agree, for all its modern attractiveness, seems (to me anyway) a frail exercise, like democracy itself, practiced almost hopelessly at the far margins of a vast world bent on the destruction of democracy by Men Without Art.
-R.B. Kitaj
I did love the grand masters when I was young but I did not know what to do with them... They were like roots deep in he earth (Giotto, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Goya, Degas, Van Gogh, Cezanne)... and like so many young people, I was attracted by the pretty, frail wisps growing on the surface- the dandelion weeds (Duchampianism, collagism, montage, Surrealism, the chimerical 'freedoms' young artists cherish so). These dandelions are so easy to pluck, so much easier to get at than the deep roots... They now seem like fool's gold in my own practice. I must leave their distinct potential to others. -R.B. Kitaj
The arts, in their loftier developments, resemble trees, which please us by the height to which they have attained, while we pay no regard their roots or their trunks; and yet, without the latter, the former could not exist. -Cicero
To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common -- this is my symphony. -William Henry Channing
Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead. -W.H. Auden
We don't live in a great time for art; we live in a time when art is very successful as a leisure activity. Art is very amusing, but within that culture there's still a hierarchy of better and worse. I'm interested in that hierarchy but I recognize that modern art and pre-modern art were very important, and postmodern art is rubbish, really. -Matthew Collings
Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea. -John Ciardi
Artists are the people among us who realize creation didn't stop on the sixth day. -Joel Peter Witkin
Enough of Art. It's Art that kills us. People no longer want to do painting: they make art. -Pablo Picasso
Devoid of spirituality, Art carries its own tragedy within it. For even to recognize the spiritual vacuum of the times in which he lives, the artist must have specific qualities of wisdom and understanding.The true artist always serves immortality, striving to immortalize the world and man within the world.
The allotted function of Art is not, as is often assumed, to put across ideas, to propagate thoughts, to serve as an example. The aim of art is to prepare a person for death, to plough and harrow his soul, rendering it capable of turning to good -Tarkovsky
The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim...
Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.
Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty.
We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.
All art is quite useless. -Oscar Wilde
Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems of the spirit. There is only the question: When will I be blown up? Because of this, the young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat.
He must learn them again. He must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid; and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart, the old universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed - love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice. Until he does so, he labors under a curse. He writes not of love but of lust, of defeats in which nobody loses anything of value, of victories without hope and, worst of all, without pity or compassion. His griefs grieve on no universal bones, leaving no scars. He writes not of the heart but of the glands.
Until he relearns these things, he will write as though he stood among and watched the end of man. I decline to accept the end of man. It is easy enough to say that man is immortal simply because he will endure: that when the last dingdong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening, that even then there will still be one more sound: that of his puny inexhaustible voice, still talking. I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet's, the writer's, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail. -William Faulkner
Every moment some form grows perfect in hand or face; some tone on the hills or the sea is choicer than the rest; some mood of passion or insight or intellectual excitement is irresistibly real and attractive to us,–for that moment only. Not the fruit of experience, but experience itself, is the end. A counted number of pulses only is given to us of a variegated, dramatic life. How may we see in them all that is to be seen in them by the finest senses? How shall we pass most swiftly from point to point, and be present always at the focus where the greatest number of vital forces unite in their purest energy?
To burn always with this hard, gemlike flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life. In a sense it might even be said that our failure is to form habits... While all melts under our feet, we may well grasp at any exquisite passion, or any contribution to knowledge that seems by a lifted horizon to set the spirit free for a moment, or any stirring of the senses, strange dyes, strange colours, and curious odours, or work of the artist’s hands, or the face of one’s friend. Not to discriminate every moment some passionate attitude in those about us, and in the very brilliancy of their gifts some tragic dividing of forces on their ways, is, on this short day of frost and sun, to sleep before evening. With this sense of the splendour of our experience and of its awful brevity, gathering all we are into one desperate effort to see and touch, we shall hardly have time to make theories about the things we see and touch. What we have to do is to be for ever curiously testing new opinions and courting new impressions, never acquiescing in a facile orthodoxy...
One of the most beautiful passages of Rousseau is that in the sixth book of the Confessions, where he describes the awakening in him of the literary sense. An undefinable taint of death had clung always about him, and now in early manhood he believed himself smitten by mortal disease. He asked himself how he might make as much as possible of the interval that remained; and he was not biassed by anything in his previous life when he decided that it must be by intellectual excitement, which he found just then in the clear, fresh writings of Voltaire. Well! we are all condamnes, as Victor Hugo says: we are all under sentence of death but with a sort of indefinite reprieve–les hommes sont tous condamnes a mort avec des sursis indefinis: we have an interval, and then our place knows us no more. Some spend this interval in listlessness, some in high passions, the wisest, at least among “the children of this world,” in art and song. For our one chance lies in expanding that interval, in getting as many pulsations as possible into the given time. Great passions may give us this quickened sense of life, ecstasy and sorrow of love, the various forms of enthusiastic activity, disinterested or otherwise, which come naturally to many of us. Only be sure it is passion–that it does yield you this fruit of a quickened, multiplied consciousness. Of such wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty, the love of art for its own sake, has most. For art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass, and simply for those moments’ sake. -Walter Pater
To define is to limit
-Oscar Wilde
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it
— Henry David Thoreau  
When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You appreciate it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying ‘You’re too this, or I’m too this.’ That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.
— Ram Dass
n. The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own - populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries, and inherited craziness - an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
All things are difficult before they are easy
There is no beauty without some strangeness  -Poe
    Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt, Strenuous Life
 “ Facing it — always facing it — that’s the way to get through.
— Joseph Conrad
" Be as you wish to seem. " -Socrates
 “ Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, ‘This is the real me,’ and when you have found that attitude, follow it.
— William James, The Principles of Psychology
Try to let go of other people’s expectations. We can’t please everyone – it’s not going to happen. Decide on your own standards, then try to live by them. If you’re looking for approval you’ll never measure up as you’ll always meet someone who will judge and criticise.
    “Rain is good for romance. Walk through any city on a rainy day and you’re bound to see this: couples close and happy under a shared umbrella, one’s hand wrapped around the other’s on the handle. Or getting gloriously drenched together, usually grinning and soaking wet, the hell with an umbrella. Or head to head at small tables, sharing breakfast under dripping outdoor cafe awnings. Pretending they stopped here to keep out of the rain, but really using the excuse to sit close together and touch a lot. Others enter a store laughing, laughing at their wetness, delighted about everything. They don’t want to buy anything; they’re just using this dry place as an intermission. Or that happy older couple you see across the restaurant helping each other dry off. They’re chatting animatedly for the first time in days, comparing notes about walking hand in hand through the storm to get here. They’re both famished now. Something about walking in the rain. They’ll eat like champions. Days like these stay with you. A long time later you’ll ask— remember the crazy time we got caught in that storm? And her eyes will light up. Of course she remembers. Guaranteed. Rain is good for romance.”
— Jonathan Carroll
Perfectionism is a dream killer because its just fear disguised as trying to do your best.  It just is.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  
    “For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.”
— Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek
culture ... is all retch and no vomit.  We bring up our children, and they'll bring up their children, to live lives doing things they don't like doing, to pay to continue living spending time doing things they don't like doing.  Consider money was no object; what would you do?  DO THAT.  Don't pither around saying you can't make any money doing it, thats what leads to living a life spent doing things you don't like doing, to continue living to do what you didn't want to do in the first place.  
    Forget the money, because if you say that getting the money is the most importatng thing, you will spend your lfie compeletley wasting yoru time, you'll be doing things you doing like doing in order that is to go on living doing things you dont like doing, which is stupid.
-Alan Watts
Terrence Mckenna Below
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culture is an intelligence test
"culture is not your friend.  It fetishizes objects, preaches endless forms of false happiness, invites people to diminish themselves and dehumanize themselves by behaving like machines, meme processors of memes passed down from madisson avenue and hollywood.  I think that by creating art ... by putting the art pedal to the metal we really maximize our humanness and become much more necessary and incomprehensible to the machines"
Well, I don’t think the problem is with machines per se, I think it’s that we’re in a very early and primitive stage with machines. Nanotechnology holds out the possibility of building as nature builds, atom by atom. I think that the machines that we possess today are to the machines of the future what the chipped flint of the palaeolithic is to our machines. The key concept is prosthesis—in other words, the extension of human understanding and feeling by mechanical means. That’s tremendously exciting to me. I mean, given the human body, that’s hardware enough to integrate into a group of seventy hunting-gathering nomads. But a city like London—you need the tube system, you need the black cabs, you need radio and all of it, and these things are all prosthesis. And if we’re really talking about going to the next level, a global collectivity, a global telepathic state of mind, this can only be done at this stage by prosthesis. At some point, perhaps, one could reprogram human beings to be able to talk to each other on the other side of the planet. On the other hand, we see no animals who do that. There simply may be some things that lie beyond the capacity of mere unassisted flesh to achieve. But assisted flesh, flesh in marriage to prosthesis, can do anything. I think the whole curious fascination with piercing, and the mechanization of human body parts, and so forth and so on, that informs art at the moment is actually art performing the function it’s always performed—of anticipating where we’re headed.
the beginning of intellectual maturity is to be able to simultaneously hold two contradictory ideas in your mind at the same time
this is true of all fungi, they’re what is known as primary decomposers. They exist only on dead matter. That’s the only karmaless place in the food chain. Vegetarianism compared to that is an orgy of mass slaughter
try to recapture the experience of the world as a child, when the most fascinating things were found in everyday Nature. Due to social conditioning, most of us have forgotten this very deep and essential connection.
the child lying in a crib with an open window—a pre-verbal or nearly pre-verbal child—and a hummingbird flies through the room. It’s a psychedelic miracle, it’s absolutely stunning. The boundaries of that experience are completely undefined. But then the mother or the nanny walks into the room and says, "Oh! It’s a bird, baby. Bird." The miracle immediately collapses down into a hard little tile, and by the time a person is six years old, reality has been entirely replaced by a mosaic of defined and very non-numinous meaning. And so people are then imprisoned in this language. And they will remain so imprisoned until the yawning grave
the mushroom said to me once, it said, "For one human being to seek enlightenment from another is like one grain of sand on a beach to seek enlightenment from another." The point being, the holiest, highest person you’ve ever met, Dalai Lama, Shree Bhagwan, you pick your guy, is no different from you. It’s an illusion that anybody is smarter than you are. People love to give away their power, and follow Christ, or Hitler, or Shree Bhagwan… They don’t understand that no one is smarter than you, no one understands the situation better than you, and no one is in a position to act for you more clearly than you are yourself. But people endlessly give away this opportunity, and subvert their identity to ideology. It’s the most perverse thing about human beings.
Nature is not interested in sustainability. Ninety-five percent of all life that ever existed on this planet is now extinct.
psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you might jump out of a third story window,
psychedelics are illegal because they disolve opinion structures and cultrually laid down models of behavior and information processing.  They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.
Spread the good news that what is out of control, what is in fact dying, is a world that had become too top-heavy with its own hubris, too bent by its own false value systems, and too dehumanised to care about what happened to its own children. So I say, good riddance to it! Bring on the archaic revival, and let’s create a new world!
the howling tide of unreason beats against pure fact with incredible fury.”
“Stop consuming images and start producing them.”
– Terence McKenna
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    Are you stupid, dumb, ignorant in certain subjects?  of course, you are.  Everyone is, I am.  But let me tell yoiu why being dumb and ignorant can be advantageous; there is a feeling you get when you achieve a goal, sort of a self satisfaction; you get a tingle up your spine occasionally even after takin ga piss.  Well, theres satisfaction in doing anything right, more often than not.  And being dumb, stupid and ignorant affords you far more opportunity to achieve milestones in learning than those people already profficient in that particular subject.
    You watch any sport, and you'll undoubtedly hear the announcer speak about momentum after a goal; do you understand it in that context?  Then imagine for a moment, and extrapolate it onto the learning process; you have this mental drive that seems to snowball whenever you feed it information.  This is why, when you're ignorant and dumb at first, by arriving at the same spot the informed person may simply have naturally started at, but with momentum at your back, its akin to the turtle and the hare story; you will surpass them with ease, (which of course, shouldn't be the purpose of learning in the first place, but serves as an encouraging idea).
Thus you have been informed, and thusly you shall entertain new subjects and ideas; good fucking luck.
Blue peppers // Hammock songs

January 18, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on it's ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid
Albert Einstein
People think that if you just say the word "hallucinations" it explains everything you want it to explain and eventually whatever it is you can't explain will just go away.  It's just a word, it doesn't explain anything...
Douglas Adams
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness"
Mark Twain
"Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal."
 E. O. Wilson
Chinese proverb:
'Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still'
Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
Bruce Lee
When asked by George Plimpton about the function of his art, Hemingway proved once again to be a master of the "one true sentence": "From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality."
"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead."
 Thomas Paine
Robert Frost is right: “It’s never finished.  It’s just abandoned in despair.”

"There is a principle, which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to investigation" - Herbert Spencer, 1820-1903

“ Those who can make you believe Absurdities can make you commit Atrocities ” - Voltaire


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Try to explain Hitler to a kid.
George Carlin

A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.

You don't have to conform to the values of your peers. But it gets pretty boring sitting home every night though.

"When you think that bad things only happen to the other guy, remember that to everyone else in the world, you are the other guy."
Thomas R. MacKay

A man being admitted into a mental institution: "They called me mad. I called them mad. And damn them they outvoted me."

It is better to drink to forget, than to forget to drink.
Message on a blackboard in an Edinburgh pub

The good thing about Alzheimer is that you meet new people every day.

"Let's just say that if complete and utter chaos were lightning, he'd be the sort to stand on a mountain in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armor and shouting 'All gods are bastards'."
"The Color of Magic", Terry Pratchett

The greatest lies of all time:
1. I love you
2. This won't hurt a bit
3. The check is in the mail
4. I was just going to call you
5. Of course I'll respect you in the morning
6. We have a really challenging assignment for you
7. I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you

I'm not in denial I'm just selective about the reality I choose to accept
Calvin and Hobbes

There is nothing friendlier than a wet dog.

Bill Hicks
"Non-smokers die every day. Sleep tight!

See, I know you've employed some kind of eternal life fantasy because you've chosen not to smoke, let me be the first to pop that fucking bubble and send you hurtling back to reality because you're dead too. And you know what doctors say, 'Shit, if only you'd smoked, we'd have the technology to help you. It's you people dying from nothing who are screwed.'"

"Tell you, the worst kind of non-smokers', the kind where you're smokin' and they just walk up to you ... [starts coughing affectedly] I always say, 'Shit, you're lucky you don't smoke. That's some cough you got there, dude. I'm smoking, you're coughing. Wow.' That's kind of cruel, man. Going up to a smoker and coughing. Shit! Do you go up to crippled people dancing too, you fucks? 'Hey, Mr. Wheelchair. What's your problem? Come on ironside, race ya!'"

"I was on the aeroplane coming over here. It's a non-smoking plane and get this, right? No smoking, but they allow children. Hmmm. 'Well, smoking bothers me.' Well, guess what ...?"

"I'm sorry if anyone here is Catholic. I'm not sorry if you are offended, I'm actually sorry just the fact that you're Catholic. Gotta be one of the most ludicrous fucking beliefs ever. Like these vampire priests sink their twin fangs of guilt and sin into you as a child and suck your joy of life out of you the rest of your fucking existence."

"The whole image is that eternal suffering awaits anyone who questions God's infinite love. That's the message we're brought up with, isn't it? Believe or die! 'Thank you, forgiving Lord, for all those options.'"

"You see, I think drugs have done some good things for us. I really do. And if you don't believe drugs have done good things for us, do me a favour. Go home tonight. Take all your albums, all your tapes and all your CDs and burn them. 'Cause you know what, the musicians that made all that great music that's enhanced your lives throughout the years ...rrrreal fucking high on drugs. The Beatles were so fucking high they let Ringo sing a few songs."

"If you are flammable and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit." - Mitch Hedberg

"That's the remarkable thing about life. No matter how bad it gets it can always get worse."
Calvin (Hobbes)

We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away. --Chuang Tzu

According to Plato, two people, by challenging and responding to each other, can come closer to the truth than either one could by himself. The outcome of such a dialectic is not merely the knowledge of the one added to the knowledge of the other. It is something which neither of them knew before, and which neither would have been capable of knowing by himself. Such a twosome constitutes a whole which has properties irreducible to those of each individual by him- or herself.
- Ervin Laszlo, in Systems View of the World

While scientists create devices that allow them to see far beyond what the naked eye allows, we create internal walls that prevent our minds from doing the same.

From all the warnings I've heard for so many different things, I've just deduced that if you have epilepsy, you're supposed to sit in a comfortable chair 24 hours a day. I'm really glad I don't have it and feel sorry for anyone that does.

But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew, upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
Lord Byron

Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.
William Shakespeare

He who never thinks of anything as mine' does not feel the lack of anything: he is never worried by a sense of loss.

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.

As the fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts.

Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dwell in the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.

A man should first direct himself in the way he should go. Only then should he instruct others.

'He insulted me, he cheated me, he beat me, he robbed me.' Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
-- Buddha

A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic." - Joseph Stalin

"Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors" - Beethoven

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back-- Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."

"The more certain you are, the more certain it is that you have placed a limitation on your mind."
-Aleister Crowley

Just when you think you have it all figured out, along comes someone with a new idea that makes more sense than you want to admit...

"A stupid man's report of what a clever man says is never accurate because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand."
-Bertrand Russell

It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.
Carl Sagan

. "Slavery may change its form or its name, its essence remains the same. Its essence may be expressed in these words: to be a slave is to be forced to work for someone else, just as to be a master is to live on someone else's work. In antiquity, slaves were, in all honesty, called slaves. In the Middle Ages, they took the name of serfs; nowadays, they are called wage earners."

."Loong, preserve yourself by following the natural bends of things and don't interfere. Remember never to assert yourself against nature: never be in frontal opposition to any problem, but
control it by swinging with it. Don't practice this week. Go home and think about it."
Prof Yip Mun to Bruce Lee on the concept of gentleness during combat using gung fu

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GodsDemonsMen Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
Blablach Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for watch!
LewisRowley Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007  Student
Hey, cheers for that. yeah I dont see why artists need to be defines by one style only...why not have a bit of versitility, then when it comes to choosing a style you can do any!?
keep up the sketches too man, sketchbooks are a big deal
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