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Buffalo Hunt 36 x 48 2018


Quips, quotes, and repeated words of humans

(could find no words from dark birds that i could type out)


"The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live." George Carlin

"It kills me when people talk about California hedonism. Anybody who talks about California hedonism has never spent a Christmas in Sacramento." Joan Didion

"Working on 'Nightmare Before Christmas,' I had endless arguments, like the studio saying, 'You can't have a main character that's got no eyeballs!' 'How is anybody going to feel for somebody with just eyesockets?' You know? So, it's those kind of things that really wear you down." Tim Burton



"The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin". Jay Leno




��You only find yourself when you disobey. Disobedience is the beginning of responsibility, I think.��
�XGuillermo del Toro


��The saddest journey in the world is the one that follows a precise itinerary. Then you're not a traveler. You're a f@@king tourist.��
�XGuillermo del Toro

��There are men who bloom in chaos. You call them heroes or villains, depending on which side wins the war, but until the battle call they are but normal men who long for action, who lust for the opportunity to throw off the routine of their normal lives like a cocoon and come into their own. They sense a destiny larger than themselves, but only when structures collapse around them do these men become warriors.��
�XGuillermo del Toro,The Fall

��The butterfly does not look back upon its caterpillar self, either fondly or wistfully; it simply flies on.���
�X�Guillermo del Toro,�
The Night Eternal


[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.

Anthony Hopkins


[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."

Anthony Hopkins

"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."

Anthony Hopkins



“Where all think alike there is little danger of innovation.”
� Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

“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.”
� Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

“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.”
� Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


“The extreme clarity of the desert light is equaled by the extreme individuation of desert life forms. Love flowers best in openness and freedom.”
Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire



"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."

Nora Ephron


"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."

Steve Jobs


"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."

Lewis Carroll

"The sidelong glance is what you depend on."

Robert Frost

"Those who work much do not work hard."

Henry David Thoreau


“Nothing is mysterious, no human relation. Except love.”

Susan Sontag

"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."

Carl Sagan

“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.”

Bertrand Russell

"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."

Henry Miller

“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.

Dennis Hopper (Billy): Man, everybody got chicken, that's what happened. Hey, we can't even get into like, a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we're gonna cut their throat or somethin'. They're scared, man.

Jack Nicholson (George): They're not scared of you. They're scared of what you represent to 'em.
Dennis Hopper (Billy): Hey, man. All we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut.
Jack Nicholson (George): Oh, no. What you represent to them is freedom.

Dennis Hopper (Billy) What the hell is wrong with freedom? That's what it's all about.
Jack Nicholson (George) Oh, yeah, that's right. That's what's it's all about, all right. But talkin' about it and bein' it, that's two different things. I mean, it's real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. Of course, don't ever tell anybody that they're not free, 'cause then they're gonna get real busy killin' and maimin' to prove to you that they are. Oh, yeah, they're gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em.

Dennis Hopper (Billy) Well, it don't make 'em runnin' scared.
Jack Nicholson (George): No, it makes 'em dangerous. Buh, neh! Neh! Neh! Neh! Swamp!


From the Film Easy Rider



"Civilization has always been a bust."

Peter Fonda

[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.

Peter Fonda

[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.

Dennis Hopper

[about his 8 days marriage with Michelle Phillips] The first seven were pretty good.

Dennis Hopper


"We have art in order not to die of the truth." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company."

Mark Twain

"If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."

Carl Sagan

“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."
Will Rogers

"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."
Arthur C. Clarke, The Exploration of Space, 1951


"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."
Gerard O'Neill, Foreword to The Overview Effect
by Frank White, 1981

"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."
Paul Davies, The New York Times, 2004

"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.
-- Albert Einstein

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.

--Philip Dick


“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.

--Philip Dick

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.
What is intelligible is also beautiful.
-- S. Chandrasekhar

Don't try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.
Philip K. Dick

To every man is given the key to the gates of heaven. The same key opens the gates of hell.
-- Buddhist saying

“The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth.”

Niels Bohr

You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.
-- William Blake (Proverbs of Hell, 1790)

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.
-- Isaac Newton (in 1727 shortly before his death)

"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."

Stephan Hawking


"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."

John Ruskin

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

Theodore Roosevelt

"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."

Theodore Roosevelt

"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."
~Henry James

"Deep experience is never peaceful. "

Henry James

"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."

William Burroughs

"Happiness is a byproduct of function, purpose, and conflict; those who seek happiness for itself seek victory without war. "

William Burroughs

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."

Thomas Jefferson

"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."
Sarah Palin

"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."
The Libertine
written by Stephen Jeffreys

“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.

Pedro Almodovar

"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. " Kierkegaard

"A man can sleep around, no questions asked, but if a woman makes nineteen or twenty mistakes she's a tramp."

Joan Rivers

"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."

John Cage

"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. "

Marilyn Manson

"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."

  Trent Reznor

"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."

Marilyn Manson


"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."

Adolf Hitler

"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. "

Werner Herzog

"I decide who offends me."

Klaus Kinski

"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."

Klaus Kinski

"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."

Charles Manson

"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. "

Sommerset Maughn

"I dropped to the lowest point when I allowed my children to go down that ramp into the water without me."

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."

John Dillenger

"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."

Aki Sasamoto

"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."

Helen Keller

"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."


“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."

Charles Darwin

I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it. - Thomas Aquinas

Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice. - Spinoza


"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."

Sat Hon

"Limitless and immortal, the waters are the beginning and the end of all things on earth"

Heinrich Zimmer

"Floods casued by the violation of a well not only result in rivers and the possibility of poetic inspiration, but they can even drown entire kingdoms."

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



“I’m gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled, if we are not being controlled , we'll just do what we want."

Jackie Chan

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.” 

Franz Marc

Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.” ~

Finley Peter Dunne

You have to be someone.”

Bob Marley

“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.”

Albert Camus

"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."

Tulshuk Lingpa


"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"

Johnny Carson


"Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives."

A. Sachs



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."

Clint Eastwood

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

Will Rogers

"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. "

Dick Cheney

"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. "

Dick Cheney

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

John Steinbeck

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”

Jack Kerouac

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

Mark Twain

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

Henry Miller

“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.”

Cesare Pavese

“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.”

Jean Dubuffet

“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.”

Jean Dubuffet

"Giv'em hell" 

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.. "

Pearl Buck


"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."

Bill Maher

"Let's face it; God has a big ego problem. Why do we always have to worship him?"

Bill Maher

"Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before."

Mae West

"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."

Jon Stewart


"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


If you want to shrink something,
You must first allow it to expand.
If you want to get rid of something,
You must first allow it to flourish.
If you want to take something,
You must first allow it to be given.
This is called the subtle perception
Of the way things are.

~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."

Leo Tolstoy

"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."
John Desmond Bernal

"When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness."
Joseph Campbell

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.”

Julius Caesar

“What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also.”

Julius Caesar

"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." 

Michael Meade

"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

"A culture that rejects the spirit of its youth will lack spirit and imagination when faced with life's inevitable challenges. " 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."
C. S. Lewis

"The best [man] is like water.
Water is good; it benefits all things and does not compete with them.
It dwells in [lowly] places that all disdain.
This is why it is so near to Tao."



"When the water reaches the upper level, follow the rats."

Claude Swanson

"The rain fell alike upon the just and upon the unjust, and for nothing was there a why and a wherefore. "

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.” 

Robert Rauschenberg

"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."

Albert Einstein

“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.”

Robert Rauschenberg

"Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash."
Leonard Cohen

"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. "

Swami Tadatmanada


"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."

Anthony Bourdain

"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"

Don Quixote


“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."

Norman Mailer

"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."
Jim Jarmusch

"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."
Angus Young , AC/DC

"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."

Steve Earle

"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."

Loretta Lynn

"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."

Robert Johnson

"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."

Robert Johnson

"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. "

James Hillman

"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. "

James Hillman


"Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race." Henry Miller

"To be completely woman you need a master, and in him a compass for your life. You need a man you can look up to and respect. If you dethrone him it's no wonder that you are discontented, and discontented women are not loved for long."

Marlene Dietrich

"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."

Buddy Guy


"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.”

Arthur Danto

"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

"Refuse to fall down. If you cannot refuse to fall down, refuse to stay down, lift your heart toward heaven like a hungry beggar, ask that it be filled and it will be filled. You may be pushed down. You may be kept from rising. But no one can keep you from lifting your heart toward heaven-only you. It is in the middle of misery that so much becomes clear. The one who says nothing good came of this is not yet listening.”

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.”

Robert Bly

"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."

Michael Meade

  "Boring damned people. All over the earth. Propagating more boring damned people. What a horror show. The earth swarmed with them.”

Charles Bukowski

"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."

Charles Bukowski

“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.”

Charles Bukowski

"People demand freedom of speech to make up for freedom of thought which they avoid." Soren Kierkegaard

"Speak your mind-even if your voice shakes, well-aimed slingshots can topple giants."  Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Grey Panthers
"When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that."

Gertrude Stein

"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."

DH Lawrence

"When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion."

Abraham Lincoln

"There is an awakening happening around the world, born of a hunger and thirst people have to turn this mess we are in around.  I tell people, it's not about me.  It is about you making yourself a committee of one, of not surrendering our authority to people who don't always have our best interest at heart.  My friends hear me say it all the time-in the end,"love wins."

Tavis Smiley

"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."
The Talmud

"Make your darkness conscious, or it will direct your life, and you will call it fate." Carl Jung

"I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one with no thought to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other distinctions. This will be the day when we bring into full realization the American dream -- a dream yet unfulfilled. A dream of equality of opportunity, of privilege and property widely distributed; a dream of a land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few; a dream of a land where men will not argue that the color of a man's skin determines the content of his character; a dream of a nation where all our gifts and resources are held not for ourselves alone, but as instruments of service for the rest of humanity; the dream of a country where every man will respect the dignity and worth of the human personality. "

Martin Luther King Jr.

"Like all dreamers I confuse disenchantment with truth."

Jean-Paul Sartre

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." 

Carl Jung

"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

"Offer them want they secretly want and they of course immediately become panic stricken"
Jack Kerouac

"no girl had ever moved me with a story of spiritual suffering and so beautifully her soul showing out radiant as an angel wandering in hell and the hell the selfsame streets Id roamed in watching, watching for someone just like her and never dreaming the darkness and the mystery and eventuality of our meeting in eternity."
Jack Kerouac, Dharma Bum

"Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?"
Jack Kerouac

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!"
Jack Kerouac "Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent."

Carl Jung

"Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other." Carl Jung

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."Carl Jung

  "A Dreamer is one who can only find his way by Midnight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."

Oscar Wilde

"Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins." Carlos Santana

"Love is the only shocking act left on the face of the earth.”  Sandra Bernhard

"I [would] rather sit on the floor in the market of Toluca and sell tortillas, than have anything to do with those 'artistic' bitches of Paris." frida kahlo

"As for the degenerate artists, I forbid them to force their so-called experiences upon the public. If they do see fields blue, they are deranged, and should go to an asylum. If they only pretend to see them blue, they are criminals, and should go to prison. I will purge the nation of them."
Adolf Hitler

"An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he - for some reason - thinks would be a good idea to give them."
Andy Warhol

"I just want to be normally insane."
Marlon Brando

"The only reason I'm in Hollywood is that I don't have the moral courage to refuse the money."

Marlon Brando

"I don't want to make money. I just want to be wonderful."

Marilyn Monroe

 "The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at least i can dream.”

Marilyn Monroe

“...If you can make a girl laugh - you can make her do anything...”

Marilyn Monroe

"Maybe you're not supposed to believe what people say...Maybe it's not even fair to them."  Marilyn Monroe playing Roslyn in the "Misfits"

"Indifference is the essence of inhumanity."

George Bernard Shaw

"People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle."

Thich Nhat Hanh

"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."

DH Lawrence

  • (When asked if he was a Hindu) "Yes I am, I am also a Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist, and a Jew." Mahatma Gandhi"

  • Search for Truth is search for God. Truth is God. God is because Truth is."
  • Mahatma Gandhi

"I do not want my house to be walled in on sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any."

Mahatma Gandhi

  • "I have been known as a crank, faddist, madman. Evidently the reputation is well deserved. For wherever I go, I draw to myself cranks, faddists, and madmen."
  •  Mahatma Gandhi

  • "Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. "
  • Mahatma Gandhi

"As God's only Son, Jesus came to Earth and gave His life so that we may live. His actions and His words remind us that service to others is central to our lives and that sacrifice and unconditional love must guide us and inspire us to lead lives of compassion, mercy, and justice." - George W Bush

"Jesus died too soon. If he had lived to my age he would have repudiated his doctrine." Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

"If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses. " - Lenny Bruce

"Every person is Christ for me, and since there is only one Jesus, that person is the one person in the world at that moment." - Mother Teresa (1910-97 )

"I cannot say that Jesus was uniquely divine. He was as much God as Krishna, or Rama, or Mohammed, or Zoroaster." Mahatma Gandhi, Indian political leader (1869-1948)

"The young poet starting out...should stay the hell out of writing classes and find out what's happening around the corner."
~Charles Bukowski

"One of the things a writer is for is to say the unsayable, speak the unspeakable and ask difficult questions."
~Salman Rushdie

"Every woman artist has to kill her own grandmother. She perches on our shoulder whispering, 'Don't embarrass the family'."
~Erica Jong

"Old age isn't a battle; old age is a massacre."  Philip Roth

"It's better not to know so much about what things mean or how they might be interpreted or you'll be too afraid to let things keep happening. Psychology destroys the mystery, this kind of magic quality. It can be reduced to certain neuroses or certain things, and since it is now named and defined, it's lost its mystery and the potential for a vast, infinite experience."

David Lynch

"Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone for the heroes of all time have gone before us. The labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god. And where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves. Where we had thought to travel outward we will come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we will be with all the world."

Joseph Campbell

"You've done a nice job decorating the White House." Pop star Jessica Simpson, upon being introduced to Interior Secretary Gale Norton while touring the White House

"You bet we might have." Sen. John Kerry, asked if he would have gone to war against Saddam Hussein if he refused to disarm

"Ordinarily, when we speak of withdrawal, we think of
having a substance removed from us. We give up
alcohol, drugs, sugar, fats, caffeine, nicotine - and
we suffer withdrawal. It's useful to view creative
withdrawal a little differently. We ourselves are the
substance we with draw to, not from, as we pull our
over extended and misplaced creative energy back into
our own core."

Julia Cameron

"Thrice happy are those who have seen the Mysteries."
Sophocles (496-408 B.C.E.)

"Step away from the others and I shall tell you the mysteries of the kingdom.  It is possible for you to reach it, but you will grieve a great deal."

Jesus Christ to Judas Iscariot from the newly found Gospel of Judas

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
Dr. Seuss

"You will not like me," the Earl of Rochester assures us, staring fiercely out of darkness. "You will not like me now, and you will like me a good deal less as we go on." Johnny Depps character, John Wilmot in "The Libertine"

"From the moment of commitment, nature conspires to help you."

Bjork from Drawing Restraint 9

"If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor."

Albert Einstein

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." Albert Einstein

"It was a great mistake my being born a man. I would have been much more successful as a sea-gull or a fish. As it is, I will always ge a stranger who never feels at whome, who does not really want is not really wanted, who can never belong, who must always be a little in love with death."
- Edmund, from Eugene O'Neill Play, " Long Day's Journey Into Night."

"And since you know you cannot see yourself,
so well as by reflection, I, your glass,
will modestly discover to yourself,
that of yourself which you yet know not of." William Shakespeare

"If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?"
William Shakespeare

"Hell is empty and all the devils are here." William Shakespeare

"Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones."
William Shakespeare

"Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance."
William Shakespeare

"Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore, a warrior must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if he feels that he should not follow it, he must not stay with it under any conditions. His decision to keep on that path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. He must look at every path closely and deliberately. There is a question that a warrior has to ask, mandatorily: "Does this path have a heart?”

Carlos Castaneda

"At the age of eleven or thereabouts women acquire a poise and an ability to handle difficult situations which a man, if he is lucky, manages to achieve somewhere in the later seventies."

PG Wodehouse

"Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth, more than ruin, more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man."

Bertrand Russell

"I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments."

Jim Morrison

"My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes." Said during a radio microphone test, 1984
Ronald Reagan

"I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting."

Ronald Reagan

"I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even invite me."

Dave Barry

"We all know that art is not the truth, art is a lie that makes us realize the truth."

Pablo Picasso

"…the very word grow is a word appropriate to children. After a certain age you do not grow. You don’t grow teeth, you don’t grow muscles. If you start growing after that age it’s cancer…becoming more and more oneself – the actual experience of it is a shrinking, in that very often it’s a dehydration, a loss of inflations, a loss of illusions…Shedding pseudoskins, crusted stuff that you’ve accumulated. Shedding dead wood. That’s one of the big sheddings. Things that don’t work anymore, that is that don’t keep you alive. Sets of ideas that you’ve had too long….Anytime you’re gonna grow, you’re gonna lose something…"

James Hillman

"I didn't mean to be a role model. I just speak my truth. I guess speaking from your heart really creates a huge impact, and if I can encourage people to do that, then I would love to be a role model. If I could encourage people to use their voices loudly, then that's my reward."

Margaret Cho

"Look, I don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you're alive you've got to flap your arms and legs, you've got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you're not alive."

Mel Brooks

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.”

Howard Aiken

"The best things cannot be told; the second best things are misunderstood; and the third best are everyday conversation."

Heinrich Zimmer

"A talent is formed in stillness, a character in the world's torrent."

Johann W. Goethe

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young."

Henry Ford

"There is more to life than increasing its speed."

Mohandes Gandhi

"Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken."

Albert Camus

"People say what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive."

Joseph Campbell

"Don't do drugs, don't have unprotected sex, don't be violent. Leave that to me." Eminem

"I was a really lousy artist as a kid. Too abstract expressionist, or I'd draw a ram's head, really messy. I'd never win painting contests. I remember losing to a guy who did a perfect spiderman."
Jean Michel Basquiat

"I do the same thing everyday. I go to work and paint. I try to turn out as many pictures as I can."

Andy Warhol

"It's so much better to desire than to have. . . . The moment of desire, when you know something is going to happen -- that's the most exalting."

Anouk Aimee

"Every Warrior of the Light has failed in his spiritual duties. Every Warrior of the Light has said 'yes' when he wanted to say "no"

Every Warrior of the Light has hurt someone he loved.

That is why he is a Warrior of the Light, because he has been through all this and yet has never lost hope of being better than he is."

Paulo Coelho

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.”


“The chief enemy of creativity is common sense.”

Pablo Picasso

“A warrior chooses a path with heart, any path with heart, and follows it; and then he rejoices and laughs. He knows because he sees that his life will be over altogether too soon. He sees that nothing is more important than anything else.”

Carlos Castaneda

“All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. However, a path without a heart is never enjoyable. On the other hand, a path with heart is easy—it does not make a warrior work at liking it; it makes for a joyful journey; as long as a man follows it, he is one with it.”

Carlos Castaneda

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is "thank you," it will be enough.”

Meister Eckhart

“If you want to feel connected to your own purpose, know this for certain: Your purpose will only be found in service to others, and in being connected to the something far greater than your mind/body/ego.”

Wayne Dyer

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain. And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy; And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields. And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.”

Kahlil Gibran

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
Dalai Lama

“Choose to be in close proximity to people who are empowering, who appeal to your sense of connection to intention, who see the greatness in you, who feel connected to God, who live a life that gives evidence that Spirit has found celebration through them.” Wayne Dyer

“A nice definition of an awakened person: a person who no longer marches to the drums of society, a person who dances to the tune of the music that springs up from within.”

Anthony De Mello 20th Century Jesuit Preist

“Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune. But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born, And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life, And to love life through labor is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.”

Kahlil Gibran

"I teach you the Overman. Man is something that shall be overcome. What have you done to overcome him? … The time has come for man to set himself a goal. The time has come to plant the seed to his highest hope.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

"Moderation? It's mediocrity, fear, and confusion in disguise. It's the devil's dilemma. It's neither doing nor not doing. It's the wobbling compromise that makes no one happy. Moderation is for the bland, the apologetic, for the fence-sitters of the world afraid to take a stand. It's for those afraid to laugh or cry, for those afraid to live or die. Moderation...is lukewarm tea, the devil's own brew.”

Dan Millman

“If you're going through hell, keep going.”

  Winston Churchill

"If his spirit is distorted he should simply fix it—purge it, make it perfect—because there is no other task in our entire lives which is more worthwhile…To seek the perfection of the warrior’s spirit is the only task worthy of our temporariness, our manhood.”

Carlos Castaneda

"Walt Whitman, an American, one of the roughs, a cosmos. Disorderly fleshy and sensual...
eating, drinking and breeding. No sentimentalist... no stander above men and women
or apart from them... no more modest than immodest.
Whoever degrades another degrades me.
And whatever is done or said returns at last to me.
And whatever I do or say I also return. Through me the afflatus surging and surging.
Through me current and index."

Walt Whitman excerpt from  "Song of Myself"

"Do I contradict myself? Very well then. I contradict myself. I am large. I contain multitudes." Walt Whitman

“Brother stand the pain; Escape the poison of your impulses. The sky will bow to your beauty, if you do. Learn to light the candle. Rise with the sun. Turn away from the cave of your sleeping. That way a thorn expands to a rose. A particular glows with the universal.” Rumi

“A bit of advice given to a young Native American at the time of his initiation: "As you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm. Jump. It’s not as wide as you think." Joseph Campbell

"Personally, I believe very much in values of savagery. I mean: instinct, passion, mood, violence, madness." 

Jean Dubuffet

“When the remedy you have offered only increases the disease, then leave him who will not be cured, and tell your story to someone who seeks the truth.” Rumi

“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” 

 Carlos Castaneda

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall...”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Shedding one's skin. The snake that cannot shed its skin perishes. So do the spirits who are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be spirit.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

"One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

"If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” Marcus Aurelius

"A warrior thinks of death when things become unclear. The idea of death is the only thing that tempers our spirit." 

Carlos Castaneda

His disciples said to him, "When will the kingdom come?"

"It will not come by watching for it. It will not be said, 'Look, here!' or 'Look, there!' Rather, the Father's kingdom is spread out upon the earth, and people don't see it."

Jesus from the Gospel of Thomas

Jesus said, "Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all. [And after they have reigned they will rest.]"

Jesus from the Gospel of Thomas

"By dayworld and daylight, I do not mean the daily world.  I mean rather the literal view of any world where things seem as they appear, where we have not seen through into their darkness, their deadly nightshade.  It is this dayworld style of thinking - literal realities, natural comparisons, contrary opposites, processional steps - that must be set aside in order to pursue the dream into its home territory. There thinking moves in images, resemblances, correspondences. To go in this direction, we must sever the link with the day world, foregoing all ideas that originate there - translation, reclamation, compensation. We must go over the bridge and let it fall behind us, and if it will not fall, then let it burn." James Hillman

"If you ask me what I have come to do in this world, I who am an artist, I will reply: I am here to live my life out loud."
- Emile Zola


"The Dread and resistance which every natural human being experiences when it comes to delving too deeply into himself is, at bottom, the fear of the journey to Hades." 

C.G. Jung

"You Can't Really know the soul unless you have some experience of the other world; otherwise you will confuse that soul with the lower self."

Iraj Anvar  

"A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake." George Gurdjieff

"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us."
Joseph Campbell

"I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life
as much as they are looking for the experience of being
Joseph Campbell

"When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you
shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that
is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in
your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are
weeping for that which has been your delight."
Kahlil Gibran

"For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity."
Jean Dubuffet

“Intent is not a thought, or an object, or a wish. Intent is what can make a man succeed when his thoughts tell him that he is defeated. It operates in spite of the warrior’s indulgence. Intent is what makes him invulnerable. Intent is what sends a shaman through a wall, through space, to infinity.”

Carlos Castaneda

"I'm basically the idea person. I'm not physically involved in the production. I don't have
the necessary abilities, so I go to the top people."
Jeff Koons

"Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery."
Andy Warhol

"The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration."
Frida Kahlo

"i cant beleave u read the hole page"

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