Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives. If you have observed grains of sand pass through an hour glass, you will notice that it is very swift -swifter than one can tell.
I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.
― Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer
If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.
― Albert Einstein
Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. Not in the individual mind, which can make mistakes, and in any case soon perishes: only in the mind of the Party, which is collective and immortal.
― George Orwell, 1984
What a funked up mess!
A young man's ambition is to get along in the world and make a place for himself--half your life goes that way, till you are 45 or 50. Then, if you are lucky, you make terms with life, you get released.
-- Robert Penn Warren
Dear Mr. Warren,
God was satisfied with his own work, and that is fatal.
- Samuel Butler -
Life project review.
We know that a peaceful world cannot exist one-third rich and two-thirds hungry. If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them.
It is true democratic feeling, that all the measures of the government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer.
- William Henry Harrison -
If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.
― Masaru Emoto, Secret Life of Water
A loud mind is greater than a loud mouth.
- Matshona Dhliwayo -
Don't be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.
- George Saunders, The Braindead Megaphone -
“When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
Trajectories aren't linear. Life's just a roller coaster. If you're getting a chance to do cool stuff, and it's varied stuff, just enjoy it. I guess I'm a believer in the randomness of life rather than it being a linear trajectory or an arc, a consistent smooth arc, towards anything.
The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles.
- Mahatma Gandhi -
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not fighting the old, but on building the new.
- Socrates -
“If you don't like what you're doing, you can always pick up your needle and move to another groove.”
~ Timothy Leary ~
“Cinco de Mayo has come to represent a celebration of the contributions that Mexican Americans and all Hispanics have made to America.”
~ Joe Baca ~
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Let's celebrate with Sweetie's Jazzfest favorite.
“At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.”
~ Lao Tzu ~