|if you clik hear you will go down the rabbit hole|
(could find no words from dark birds that i could type out)
[on his days as an alcoholic, when he was drinking Mexican Spirit tequila] I was really sort of on a prolonged acid trip. I saw things and had peculiar quasi-religious experiences. I thought I was John The Baptist, and I would talk to the sea at Malibu and the sea would talk back to me. It was weird.
[on paintings he has done] "I suppose I could call them primitive because again, as I have no academic training, I could no longer sit in an art class drawing apples or vases or nudes - I can't feel hemmed in."
"Once you accept the fact that there's nothing to fear, you drill into the primal oil well. I believe when we do things without fear, we can do anything. As long as you don't worry about the consequences."
“Where all think alike there is little danger of innovation.”
“If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a juniper tree or the wings of a vulture—that is immortality enough for me. And as much as anyone deserves.”
“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”
“The extreme clarity of the desert light is equaled by the extreme individuation of desert life forms. Love flowers best in openness and freedom.”
"Most of our communication technologies began as diminished substitutes for an impossible activity. We couldn’t always see one another face to face, so the telephone made it possible to keep in touch at a distance. One is not always home, so the answering machine made a kind of interaction possible without the person being near his phone. Online communication originated as a substitute for telephonic communication, which was considered, for whatever reasons, too burdensome or inconvenient. And then texting, which facilitated yet faster, and more mobile, messaging. These inventions were not created to be improvements upon face-to-face communication, but a declension of acceptable, if diminished, substitutes for it. But then a funny thing happened: We began to prefer the diminished substitutes." Jonathan Safran Foer
"Don’t underestimate how much antagonism there is toward women and how many people wish we could turn the clock back. One of the things people always say to you if you get upset is, “Don’t take it personally,” but listen hard to what’s going on and, please, I beg you, take it personally. Understand: Every attack on Hillary Clinton for not knowing her place is an attack on you. Underneath almost all those attacks are the words: get back, get back to where you once belonged… The acquittal of O. J. Simpson is an attack on you. Any move to limit abortion rights is an attack on you — whether or not you believe in abortion. The fact that Clarence Thomas is sitting on the Supreme Court today is an attack on you."
"You cannot draw that path looking forward. You can't draw any path looking forward. You have to figure out what you love to do and what you have conviction about, and go do that."
"There's no use in comparing one's feelings between one day and the next; you must allow a reasonable interval, for the direction of change to show itself."
"The sidelong glance is what you depend on."
"Those who work much do not work hard."
Henry David Thoreau
“Nothing is mysterious, no human relation. Except love.”
"In its encounter with Nature, science invariably elicits a sense of reverence and awe. The very act of understanding is a celebration of joining, merging, even if on a very modest scale, with the magnificence of the Cosmos. And the cumulative worldwide build-up of knowledge over time converts science into something only a little short of a trans-national, trans-generational meta-mind."
“A generation that cannot endure boredom will be a generation of little men… of men in whom every vital impulse slowly withers, as though they were cut flowers in a vase.”
"I turn to painting when I can no longer write. Painting refreshes and restores me; it enables me to forget that I am temporarily unable to write. So I paint while the reservoir replenishes itself."
“What sustains the artist is the look of love in the eyes of the beholder. Not money, not the right connections, not exhibitions, not flattering reviews.” Henry Miller
"A self that goes on changing is a self that goes on living."
Virginia Woolf in The Death of the Moth and Other Essays
Jack Nicholson (George): You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can't understand what's gone wrong with it.
From the Film Easy Rider
"Civilization has always been a bust."
[on the death of Easy Rider (1969) co-star Dennis Hopper] Dennis changed the way movies were made in Hollywood. I was blessed by his passion and friendship.
[talking on the phone with David Lynch after reading the Blue Velvet (1986) script] David, you have to let me play Frank because I am Frank.
[about his 8 days marriage with Michelle Phillips] The first seven were pretty good.
"We have art in order not to die of the truth." - Friedrich Nietzsche
"Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company."
"If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."
“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”
George R.R. Martin of Game of Thrones fame
“The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.”
George R.R. Martin of Game of Thrones fame
“It ain’t dying I’m talking about, it’s living. I doubt it matters where you die, but it matters where you live.” ~spoken by Augustus McCrae”
“A man who wouldn't cheat for a poke don't want one bad enough." --Augustus McCrae of Lonesome Dove
“If you want one thing too much it’s likely to be a disappointment. The healthy way is to learn to like the everyday things, like soft beds and buttermilk—and feisty gentlemen.” Augustus McCrae of Lonesome Dove
“I'm sure partial to the evening,' Augustus said. 'The evening and the morning. If we just didn't have to have the rest of the dern day I'd be a lot happier.”Augustus McCrae of Lonesome Dove
"Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators."
"To my utter astonishment I saw an airship descending over my cow lot. It was occupied by six of the strangest beings I ever saw. They were jabbering together, but we could not understand a word they said..." - Congressman Alexander Hamilton, 1897
"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing wonder and awe—the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."
— Immanuel Kant
“Across the sea of space, the stars are other suns.” Carl Sagan
Astronomy? Impossible to understand and madness to investigate.
— Sophocles, c. 420 BCE
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
"The crossing of space ... may do much to turn men's minds outwards and away from their present tribal squabbles. In this sense, the rocket, far from being one of the destroyers of civilisation, may provide the safety-value that is needed to preserve it."
"It is the hope of those who work toward the breakout from planet Earth that the establishment of permanent, self-sustaining colonies of humans off-Earth will ... make human life forever unkillable, removing it from the endangered species list, where it now stands on a fragile Earth overarmed with nuclear weapons. Second, the opening of virtually unlimited new land areas in space will reduce territorial pressures and therefore diminish warfare on Earth itself."
"In time, [a Martian] colony would grow to the point of being self- sustaining. When this stage was reached, humanity would have a precious insurance policy against catastrophe at home. During the next millennium there is a significant chance that civilization on Earth will be destroyed by an asteroid, a killer plague or a global war. A Martian colony could keep the flame of civilization and culture alive until Earth could be reverse- colonized from Mars."
"News is business. And, uh, people sell news, and unfortunately people in my position are in the public eye, are sellable commodities, but they're not any different than Kleenex or Dial Soap or anything else. And uh, so if we find something out that's about your sex life, or something you do with your fingernails after you cut them off, if you smoke the grime from your navel, then ... then ... that's big news. That's important.... But anyway, it doesn't matter. Because, finally, you know ... I've found that people really don't believe all the nonsense they read. And they look at you when they meet you, and wonder if it's true, but they finally make a decision based on what their experience with you personally is." Marlon Brando
"I don't think that writers or painters or filmmakers function because they have something they particularly want to say. They have something that they feel. And they like the art form; they like words, or the smell of paint, or celluloid and photographic images and working with actors. I don't think that any genuine artist has ever been oriented by some didactic point of view, even if he thought he was." Stanley Kubrick
“Kindness” covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out."
RIP Roger Ebert
painting from 2011
"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them."
If I can't picture it, I can't understand it.
The distinction between sanity and insanity is narrower than a razor’s edge, sharper than a hound’s tooth, more agile than a mule deer. It is more elusive than the merest phantom. Perhaps it does not even exist; perhaps it is a phantom.
“I have spent a great deal of my life discovering that my ambitions and fantasies — which I once thought of as totally unique — turn out to be clichés,” Ms. Nora Ephron
Whom the gods notice they destroy.
One may ask the question as to the extent to which the quest for beauty is an aim in the pursuit of science. . . . It is, indeed, an incredible fact that what the human mind, at its deepest and most profound, perceives as beautiful finds its realization in external nature.
Don't try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.
To every man is given the key to the gates of heaven. The same key opens the gates of hell.
“The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth.”
You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.
I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
"I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image."
"What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end,
of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do."
"Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft."
"If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties. "
Sir Francis Bacon
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorius triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
"We work in the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art."
"After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military." William Burroughs
"Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape."
"Happiness is a byproduct of function, purpose, and conflict; those who seek happiness for itself seek victory without war. "
Adams signed the Treaty of Tripoli. Article 11 states "The Government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion." John Adams
Jefferson again "Christianity...(has become) the most perverted system that ever shone on man...Rogueries, absurdities and untruths were perpetrated upon the teachings of Jesus by a large band of dupes and imposters led by Paul, the first great corruptor of the teachings of Jesus."
"What influence in fact have Christian ecclesiastical establishments had on civil society? In many instances they have been upholding the thrones of political tyrrany. In no instance have they been seen as the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wished to subvert the public liberty have found in the clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate liberty, does not need the clergy." James Madison
“I think we should keep this clean, keep it simple, go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant,” she said. “They’re quite clear that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the 10 commandments, it’s pretty simple.” Sarah Palin
"We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. ... We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation."
"Allow me to be frank at the commencement. You will not like me. The gentlemen will be envious and the ladies will be repelled. You will not like me now and you will like me a good deal less as we go on. Ladies, an announcement: I am up for it, all the time. That is not a boast or an opinion, it is bone hard medical fact. I put it round you know. And you will watch me putting it round and sigh for it. Don't." It is a deal of trouble for you and you are better off watching and drawing your conclusions from a distance than you would be if I got my tarse up your petticoats. Gentlemen. Do not despair, I am up for that as well. And the same warning applies. Still your cheesy erections till I have had my say. But later when you shag - and later you will shag, I shall expect it of you and I will know if you have let me down - I wish you to shag with my homuncular image rattling in your gonads. Feel how it was for me, how it is for me and ponder. 'Was that shudder the same shudder he sensed? Did he know something more profound? Or is there some wall of wretchedness that we all batter with our heads at that shining , livelong moment.' That is it. That is my prologue, nothing in rhyme, no protestations of modesty, you were not expecting that I hope. I am John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester and I do not want you to like me."
“Someone asked me, ‘Is she a muse for you?,’ “Well, yes. She is a muse for me in the sense that a muse is someone who makes you better than you are. I think I am a better director with her, because she believes that I am better than I am, and that blind faith gives me a lot of strength.
"An individual in despair despairs over something. So it seems for a moment, but only for a moment; in the same moment the true despair or despair in its true form shows itself. In despairing over something, he really despaired over himself, and now he wants to be rid of himself. For example, when the ambitious man whose slogan is “Either Caesar or nothing” does not get to be Caesar, he despairs over it … precisely because he did not get to be Caesar, he cannot bear to be himself. "
"A man can sleep around, no questions asked, but if a woman makes nineteen or twenty mistakes she's a tramp."
"If you develop an ear for sounds that are musical it is like developing an ego. You begin to refuse sounds that are not musical and that way cut yourself off from a good deal of experience."
"I lost the house, the wife, the credibility, the entourage. I lost my soul. I was alone ... I'm sort of OK with it now, but the first time I'm in there, pushing a f***ing cart, getting my supper. I used to go to the 24-hour place in gay town, so no one would recognize me. The only thing I could afford was a shrink, so that's where my money went. Three times a week for the first two years. The year after that, twice a week and now I'm down to once a week. I've only missed two appointments in six years." Mickey Rourke
"We've always found that with people being so desensitized, things have to be really shocking and have to punch you in the face to get your attention. Then, once you've got their attention. You can say something they might remember. "
"If you look at the most talented filmmakers around right now, David Cronenberg and David Lynch, they had relatively normal upbringings. It doesn't always take exotic, bizarre lifestyles, early-age molestations and prison sentences."
"The burden of originality is one that most people don't want to accept. They'd rather sit in front of the TV and let that tell them what they're supposed to like, what they're supposed to buy, and what they're supposed to laugh at. You have Beavis and Butt-head telling you what music you're allowed to like and not like, and you've got sitcoms that have canned laughter that lets you know when to laugh if you're too stupid to know when the joke is--people are too lazy and too stupid to think for themselves because America has raised them like that."
"You've heard the story of Jesse James / Of how he lived and died / If you're still in need / Of something to read / Here's the story of Bonnie and Clyde. / Now Bonnie and Clyde are the Barrow gang / I'm sure you all have read / How they rob and steal / And those who squeal / Are usually found dyin' or dead. / They call them cold-hearted killers / They say they are heartless and mean / But I say this with pride / That I once knew Clyde / When he was honest and upright and clean. / But the laws fooled around / Kept takin' him down / And lockin' him up in a cell / Till he said to me: "I'll never be free / So I'll meet a few of them in Hell." / If a policeman is killed in Dallas / And they have no clue to guide / If they can't find a fiend / They just wipe their slate clean / And hang it on Bonnie and Clyde / If they try to act like citizens / And rent them a nice little flat / About the third night / They're invited to fight / By a sub-guns' rat-a-tat-tat. / Some day, they'll go down together / They'll bury them side by side / To a few, it'll be grief / To the law, a relief / But it's death for Bonnie and Clyde."
Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde
"Success is the sole earthly judge of right and wrong."
"I have the impression that the images that surround us today are worn out, they are abused and useless and exhausted. They are limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution. When I look at the postcards in tourist shops and the images and advertisements that surround us in magazines, or I turn on the television, or if I walk into a travel agency and see those huge posters with that same tedious and rickety image of the Grand Canyon on them, I truly feel there is something dangerous emerging here. "
"I decide who offends me."
"Film should be looked at straight on, it is not the art of scholars but of illiterates." Werner Herzog
"One should judge a man mainly from his depravities. Virtues can be faked. Depravities are real."
"I can't dislike you, but I will say this to you: you haven't got long before you are all going to kill yourselves, because you are all crazy. And you can project it back at me, but I am only what lives inside each and every one of you."
"I despise formal restaurants. I find all of that formality to be very base and vile. I would much rather eat potato chips on the sidewalk." Werner Herzog
"It is not only my dreams, my belief is that all these dreams are your's as well. The only distinction between me and you is that I can articulate them. And that is what poetry or painting or literature or film making is all about... it's as simple as that. I make films because I have not learned anything else and I know I can do it to a certain degree. And it is my duty because this might be the inner chronicle of what we are. We have to articulate ourselves, otherwise we would be cows in the field." Werner Herzog
"You must not think me necessarily foolish because I am facetious, nor will I consider you necessarily wise because you are grave." Sydney Smith
"Art is merely the refuge which the ingenious have invented, when they were supplied with food and women, to escape the tediousness of life. "
Susan Smith who murderd her children by drowning in their car
"Coming home from very lonely places, all of us go a little mad: whether from great personal success, or just an all-night drive, we are the sole survivors of a world no one else has ever seen. "
John Le Carre
"Warning: If you are reading this then this warning is for you. Every word you read of this useless fine print is another second off your life. Don't you have other things to do? Is your life so empty that you honestly can't think of a better way to spend these moments? Or are you so impressed with authority that you give respect and credence to all that claim it? Do you read everything you're supposed to read? Do you think every thing you're supposed to think? Buy what you're told to want? Get out of your apartment. Meet a member of the opposite sex. Stop the excessive shopping and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you're alive. If you don't claim your humanity you will become a statistic. You have been warned"
Tyler Durden from Fight Club
"All my life I wanted to be a bank robber. Carry a gun and wear a mask. Now that it's happened I guess I'm just about the best bank robber they ever had. And I sure am happy."
"Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. 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 from Fight Club
"There are two ways of being for me. One is thiis world (the everyday, banal relationships, and talking). The other is thaat world (productions, improvisation, and introspective thinking). There is also a void that occupies the lapse between thiis and thaat. The void sometimes consumes an entire month, and I find it’s interesting enough to pass through many times. In this liminal period I navigate using my smell-like sense, which triggers instant reminders of distant memories and knowledge from other spaces. After enough sniffing of clues, thiis and thaat start to crystallize and inspire curiosity again."
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan- like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion. For most men, it appears to me, are in a strange uncertainty about it, whether it is of the devil or of God, and have somewhat hastily concluded that it is the chief end of man here to glorify God and enjoy him forever." - Thoreau
"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."
"I like the smell of my hair treatment; the pleasing odor is half the point." Ulysses Everett McGill from "Brother Where art thou"
" The mind plays tricks on you. You play tricks back! It's like you're unraveling a big cable-knit sweater that someone keeps knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting... "
Pee Wee Herman from Pee Wees Big Adventure
"That night I had a dream. I dreamt I was as light as the ether- a floating spirit visiting things to come. The shades and shadows of the people in my life rassled their way their way into my slumber. I dreamed that Gale and Evelle had decided to return to prison. Probably that's just as well. I don't mean to sound superior, and they're a swell couple of guys, but maybe they weren't ready yet to come out into the world. And then I dreamed on, into the future, to a Christmas morn in the Arizona home where Nathan Junior was opening a present from a kindly couple who preferred to remain unknown. I saw Glen a few years later, still having no luck getting the cops to listen to his wild tales about me and Ed. Maybe he threw in one Polack joke too many. I don't know. And still I dreamed on, further into the future than I had ever dreamed before, watching Nathan Junior's progress from afar, taking pride in his accomplishments as if he were our own. Wondering if he ever thought of us and hoping that maybe we'd broadened his horizons a little even if he couldn't remember just how they got broadened. But still I hadn't dreamt nothing about me and Ed until the end. And this was cloudier cause it was years, years away. But I saw an old couple being visited by their children, and all their grandchildren too. The old couple weren't screwed up. And neither were their kids or their grandkids. And I don't know. You tell me. This whole dream, was it wishful thinking? Was I just fleeing reality like I know I'm liable to do? But me and Ed, we can be good too. And it seemed real. It seemed like us and it seemed like, well, our home. If not Arizona, then a land not too far away. Where all parents are strong and wise and capable and all children are happy and beloved. I don't know. Maybe it was Utah. "
H.I from the film Raising Arizona
"The trick is to create a society in which the privilege of disposable income is not contingent on the existence of disposable people--to say nothing of the disposable tigers, ice caps, and arable land."
I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it. - Thomas Aquinas
"I think of the serpent eating its own tale, thats a sage. You take the lowest and transform it into the highest. You can take poison and make it into medicine."
"Limitless and immortal, the waters are the beginning and the end of all things on earth"
Phillip A. Bernhardt-House
"the beginning of philosopy is to feel a sense of wonder"
"Where the skull divides there lies the Gate of God."
The Taittireeya Upanishad
“Art is nothing but the expression of our dream; the more we surrender to it the closer we get to the inner truth of things, our dream-life, the true life that scorns questions and does not see them.”
“Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.” ~
Finley Peter Dunne
“You have to be someone.”
“A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.”
"A man lost his way in a great forest. Each time he thought he was getting somewhere, he found himself even more lost. After a while another lost his way & chanced upon the first. Without knowing what had happended to him, he asked the way out of the woods. "I dont know," said the first, "I only know the way that leads deeper into the thicket, so let us go a route neither have gone and try to find the way together."
Chayyim of Tzanz
"Dont listen to anybody. Decide by yourself and practice madness. Develope courage for the benefit of all sentient beings. Then you will automatically be free from the knot of attachment. Then you will continually have the confidence of fearlessness and you can then try to open the Great Door of the Hidden Place."
"Fear is the cheapest room in the house.
I would like to see you living in better conditions. "
"For three days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow
but phone calls taper off"
"Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives."
painting from 2010
"Remember, that if thou marry for beauty, thou bindest thyself all thy life for that which perchance will neither last nor please thee one year; and when thou hast it, it will be to thee of no price at all; for the desire dieth when it is attained, and the affection perisheth when it is satisfied."
Sir Walter Raleigh
"Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power."
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
"The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast."
"An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind."
"I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act."
"It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell."
"We have to make America the best place in the world to do business. "
"The president “doesn’t have to check with anybody” — not Congress, not the courts — before launching a nuclear attack to defend the nation “because of the nature of the world we live in” since the terrorist strikes of Sept. 11, 2001. "
“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”
“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things - air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky - all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”
“Unless one says goodbye to what one loves, and unless one travels to completely new territories, one can expect merely a long wearing away of oneself and an eventual extinction.”
“The State has but one face for me: that of the police. To my eyes, all of the State's ministries have this single face, and I cannot imagine the ministry of culture other than as the police of culture, with its prefect and commissioners.”
Paul Newman in New York 2007 at a fundraiser for his charity "the hole in the wall gang"
"I'm not mellower, I'm not less angry, I'm not less self-critical, I'm not less tenacious," he said. "Maybe the best part is that your liver can't handle those beers at noon anymore." Paul Newman in December 1994, about a month before his 70th birthday
"the truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: a human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. to him... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create - - - so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. he must create, must pour out creation. by some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.. "
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." Henry David Thoreau
"Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it." Henry David Thoreau
"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live." Henry David Thoreau
"Science is one thing, wisdom another. Science is an edged tool, with which men play like children, and cut their own fingers." Sir Arthur Eddington
"Technology...the knack of so arranging the world that we dont have to experience it." Max Frisch
"Religion, to me, is a bureaucracy between man and God that I don't need."
"Let's face it; God has a big ego problem. Why do we always have to worship him?"
"Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before."
"I do have some sad news to report. Bjork could not be here. She was trying on her Oscars dress and Dick Cheney shot her."
"Belief is the death of intelligence. As soon as one believes a doctrine of any sort, or assumes certitude, one stops thinking about that aspect of existence."
Robert Anton Wilson
"I coined the term irrational rationalism because those people claim to be rationalists, but they're governed by such a heavy body of taboos. They're so fearful, and so hostile, and so narrow, and frightened, and uptight and dogmatic... I wrote this book because I got tired satirizing fundamentalist Christianity... I decided to satirize fundamentalist materialism for a change, because the two are equally comical... The materialist fundamentalists are funnier than the Christian fundamentalists, because they think they're rational! ...They're never skeptical about anything except the things they have a prejudice against. None of them ever says anything skeptical about the AMA, or about anything in establishment science or any entrenched dogma. They're only skeptical about new ideas that frighten them. They're actually dogmatically committed to what they were taught when they were in college..."
Robert Anton Wilson
"My goal is to try to get people into a state of generalized agnostcism, not agnosticism about God alone, but agnosticism about everything."
Robert Anton Wilson
"Is", "is." "is" — the idiocy of the word haunts me. If it were abolished, human thought might begin to make sense. I don't know what anything "is"; I only know how it seems to me at this moment.
Robert Anton Wilson
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~Tao Te Ching
"Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold."
"The recognition of the art that informs all pure science need not mean the abandonment for it of all present art, rather it will mean the completion of the transformation of art that has already begun."
"When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness."
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is: Infinite.
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
“There are not enough Indians in the world to defeat the Seventh Cavalry.”
George Armstrong Custer
“A man must know his destiny… if he does not recognize it, then he is lost. By this I mean, once, twice, or at the very most, three times, fate will reach out and tap a man on the shoulder… if he has the imagination, he will turn around and fate will point out to him what fork in the road he should take, if he has the guts, he will take it.”
General George S. Patton
“If everybody's thinking alike, somebody isn't thinking.”
General George S. Patton
“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't.”
General George S. Patton
“If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it.”
“What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also.”
"In Spain they say, one is not truly living unless one is dying. Only in dying again and again, do we truly inhabit the Earth."
"Mythic imagination is a primordial resource of the human heart that combines heart-felt intelligence with a reverence for life in its myriad forms. When times become tragic and dark with uncertainty, what is missing is the touch of eternity and a mythic sense of being woven within the ongoing story of the world." Michael Meade
"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it."
"The best [man] is like water.
"When the water reaches the upper level, follow the rats."
W. Somerset Maugham
"You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you."
“Anything you do will be an abuse of somebody else’s aesthetics. I think you’re born an artist or not. I couldn’t have learned it. And I hope I never do because knowing more only encourages your limitations.”
"Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."
“I usually work in a direction until I know how to do it, then I stop. At the time that I am bored or understand — I use those words interchangeably — another appetite has formed. A lot of people try to think up ideas. I’m not one. I’d rather accept the irresistible possibilities of what I can’t ignore.”
"Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash."
"A girl phoned me the other day and said... Come on over, there's nobody home. I went over. Nobody was home." Rodney Dangerfield
"A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me, I'm afraid of widths."Steven Wright
"Religion, to me, is a bureaucracy between man and God that I don't need." Bill Maher
"I don't care what people think. people are stupid." Charles Barkley
"Contrary to common belief, Hinduism strictly speaking is monotheistic. People worship one God in many forms, and Shiva is one of those forms. "
"Understand, when you eat meat, that something did die. You have an obligation to value it - not just the sirloin but also all those wonderful tough little bits."
"Cervantes describes Quixote's growing obsession with knight-errantry, saying, "he so immersed himself in those romances that he spent whole days and nights over his books; and thus with little sleeping and much reading his brains dried up to such a degree that he lost the use of his reason"
“Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad.”George Bernard Shaw
"The waste is less. The elements of mania and depression are diminished. Writing is a serious and sober activity for me no compared to when I was younger."
"One of the ways we forge against mortality is to head west. It's to do with catching the sun before it slips behind the horizon."
Daniel Day Lewis
"I always think the Sex Pistols and the Ramones as very, very important because they stripped things down."
"I don't smoke much. And I hardly ever drink. I guess you could say that robbing banks is my only bad habit." John Dillinger
"Some people say we have thirteen albums that all sound the same. That isn't true. We have fourteen albums that all sound the same."
"Me, I'm spiritually retarded, I need to be knee deep in water with a fly rod in my hands, that's about as close to God as I get."
"It keeps you fit - the alcohol, nasty women, sweat on stage, bad food - it's all very good for you "
late frontman Bon Scott, AC/DC
"I don't go to church regular. But I pray for answers to my problems."
"If she has a good, strong, reliable father image, which is hard to find these days, that will be her image of men, probably for the rest of her life. She'll look for a husband who embodies those qualities."
"A man will treat a woman almost exactly the way he treats his own interior feminine. In fact, he hasn't the ability to see a woman, objectively speaking, until he has made some kind of peace with his interior woman."
"Tell me what you yearn for and I shall tell you who you are. We are what we reach for, the idealized image that drives our wandering. "
"Psychotherapy theory turns it all on you: you are the one who is wrong. If a kid is having trouble or is discouraged, the problem is not just inside the kid; it's also in the system, the society. "
"Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race." Henry Miller
"Dying is a wild night and a new road." Emily Dickinson
"Once I was checking to hotel and a couple saw my ring with Blues on it. They said, 'You play blues. That music is so sad.' I gave them tickets to the show, and they came up afterwards and said, 'You didn't play one sad song."
"In the early years when I toured, I was never a tourist. I was always so focused on the show. I just wanted to tear it up and get out of town."
"Since you knew they was goin' to cheat you anyway, I recorded under any name with all of 'em."
John Lee Hooker
"In my career, people in the record business have been rockin' in the same ol' boat. They all crooks - I'll say it clear and loud - especially the big ones. "
John Lee Hooker
"As a surrealist, I quite enjoy having dementia."
George Melly in an interview with Time Out London
"It's not right! ...Mom!"
Paris Hilton, after a judge ordered her to be returned to jail to complete her term for probation violation.
“It really is impossible not to like him. His success was his failure.”
"How does one know if she has forgiven? You tend to feel sorrow over the circumstance instead of rage, you tend to feel sorry for the person rather than angry with him. You tend to have nothing left to say about it all."
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
“By the time a man is 35 he knows that the images of the right man, the tough man, the true man which he received in high school do not work in life.”
"The secret of village togetherness and happiness has always been the generosity of the people, but the key to that generosity is inefficiency and decay. Because our village huts were not built to last very long, they had to be regularly renewed. To do this, villagers came together, at least once a year to work on somebody's hut. ... It is the putting back together again, the renewing, that ultimately makes something strong. That is true of our houses, our language, our relationships."
- Martin Prechtel, Tzutujil shaman
"I was in Luna for 738 days because it took 738 days to reach critical mass and you need to reach critical mass to make change."
Julia Butterfly Hill
"When generativity, creativity, generosity, and the capacity to embrace life dry up, the Water of Life has gone underground. At such times, the earth becomes arid, life becomes devoid of meaning, the ground of culture cracks and splits, and gaps develop among peoples and between people and nature. Only water can bring the pieces back together,awaken seeds hidden in the ground, and enliven the parched Tree of Life."
"Boring damned people. All over the earth. Propagating more boring damned people. What a horror show. The earth swarmed with them.”
"For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us."
“Sex is interesting, but it's not totally important. I mean it's not even as important (physically) as excretion. A man can go seventy years without a piece of ass, but he can die in a week without a bowel movement.”
"People demand freedom of speech to make up for freedom of thought which they avoid." Soren Kierkegaard
"Myth is an attempt to narrate a whole human experience, of which the purpose is too deep, going too deep in the blood and soul, for mental explanation or description."
"When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion."
"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it."
"Make your darkness conscious, or it will direct your life, and you will call it fate." Carl Jung
Martin Luther King Jr.
"Like all dreamers I confuse disenchantment with truth."
"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."
"Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living."Anais Nin
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