"The only Zen you find at the top of the mountain is the Zen you bring with you." - Zen proverb
"And now each night, I count the stars.
And each night I get the same number.
And when the stars won't come to be counted,
I count the holes they leave.”
― Leroi Jones
Can't abide people quotes this morning. Here is one for the others.
“Holding this soft, small living creature in my lap this way, though, and seeing how it slept with complete trust in me, I felt a warm rush in my chest. I put my hand on the cat's chest and felt his heart beating. The pulse was faint and fast, but his heart, like mine, was ticking off the time allotted to his small body with all the restless earnestness of my own.”
― Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
"I was wedded to all the stars of the sky. There was not a single star left, and I married every one of them with great spiritual pleasure. Then I married the moon."
― Ibn Arabi
"I think everybody has some yearnings for an authoritarian leader, but the Democrats are able to put those yearnings in perspective so they won't necessarily fall for it."
"The Republicans take advantage of that yearning, and they attract people who are much more clear about people wanting to follow the leader."
--Dr. Justin A. Frank.
“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."
[Preface to Brissot's Address to His Constituents (1794)]”
― Edmund Burke, On Empire, Liberty, and Reform: Speeches and Letters
“Beggars do not work, it is said; but, then, what is WORK? A navvy works by swinging a pick. An accountant works by adding up figures. A beggar works by standing out of doors in all weathers and getting varicose veins, chronic bronchitis, etc. It is a trade like any other; quite useless, of course--but, then, many reputable trades are quite useless.”
― George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London
“I sleep with life and death in the same bed.”
Bob Dylan - I Contain Multitudes
You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help.
Calvin and Hobbes
The evolution of consciousness by stages is as much a collective human phenomenon as a particular individual phenomenon. Ontogenetic development may therefore be regarded as a modified recapitulation of phylogenetic development.
“Even when I'm dead, I'll swim through the Earth,
like a mermaid of the soil, just to be next to your bones.”
― Jeffrey McDaniel
“I think that, from a certain point of view, my songs are free from meaning and significance. There's not a secret that is being concealed, there's nothing that I am not yielding. It really doesn't have a meaning any more than a diamond has a meaning. The meaning is that it was cut and polished and it produces light.” -- Details for Men, January, 1993
"A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone." - Jo Goodwin
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”
― Mark Twain
“...we’re a species that isn’t great at truth. We’re built to believe convenient delusions, not to be accurate.”
― Tim Urban
“I thought Lord of the Flies was one of the great rip-offs of our time. Complete steal from A High Wind In Jamaica. He just literally lifted the entire theme, plot, and virtually characterization from A High Wind In Jamaica, turned them into a bunch of small boys and placed it on an island. Otherwise it's precisely the same novel.”
― Truman Capote, Conversations with Capote
My reminder to read A High Wind in Jamaica.
"I was called immature by my smelly wife." Stewart Francis.
Just been out in the garden and am reminded of a line from Viv Stanshall.
How nice to be in England, now that April's here
I stand upright in my wheelbarrow
And pretend I'm Boadicea.