Expression, communication, community
"You are an individuation of infinite mind. You are an individuation of creative intuition. Being an individuation of infinite mind, you know what to do, and you will do it; you know what to say, and you will say it; you know what to write and you will write it."
"My experiences are temporary, but Truth is eternal".
"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."
"Translation [and Releasing the Hidden Splendour] is a form of worship."
--Melissa Derfler and the online FYL group
“Never think of results, just do!”
"The ear longs to hear what the heart already knows."
"Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be."
"Curb your God."
"When I create art, it's like holding hands with God."
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will truly know peace."
--Sri Chinmoy Ghose
"I'm the one that has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to."
“In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.”
"My heart is like a toilet door! There are names marked all over it."
--from the French film You and Me.
"History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme."
"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth."
--Henry David Thoreau
"The mind loves truth and so does the body."
"I'm afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery."
"My life is not mine."
"Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage."
--William S. Burroughs
"Our deepest fears are like dragons guarding our deepest treasure."
--Rainer Maria Rilke
"Everyone has got some preconceptions, but you have to readjust them in front of reality. Reality has the last word."
"Love? What is it? Most natural pain killer what there is. LOVE."
--William S. Burrough's final journal entry
"We acquire the strength we have overcome."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
"I am all other men."
“Man is, that he might have joy.”
"To the man who can perfectly practice inaction, all things are possible."
--Ernest Holmes in Science of Mind
"All real living is meeting."
"We have a right to know the truth; no right to ask anything else from God, but the right to know that."
-- J.M. Barrie in Tommy and Grizel
"If you don't believe in something greater than yourself, you'll never do anything greater than yourself."
--nun on Oprah
"Boredom is the child of self-centeredness."
--The Grand Lizard Andrews
"There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy."
--Robert Louis Stevenson
"Forgiveness is giving up the hope that your life could have been any different."
"When I was born I was so surprised I didn't talk for a year and a half."
"Don't look at me like I've gotten old or something like that."
"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love."
--Martin Luther King Jr.
"Peace is not something you wish for; it’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away”
"I REFUSE to participate in a recession."
"We believe . . . different from Wall Street. We believe customer No. 1, employee No. 2, and shareholder No. 3. This is my religion."
--Jack Ma, Alibaba Group
"Fear is a choice."
--Kurtis Matthews, San Francisco Comedy College
"Don't Believe Everything You Think"
"One thing that comes out in myths is that at the bottom of the abyss comes the voice of salvation. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light."
"When people asked [Jacques Cousteau], 'Well, Captain, what do you expect to find?' he always said, 'If I knew, I wouldn't go.'"
--Jean-Michel Cousteau, his son
"Let life happen to you. Life is in the right, always."
--Rainer Maria Rilke
"And, as [Picasso] said, at the end of his life, he was in dialogue with the old masters, Rembrandt, Velasquez, Rubens. He thought he was talking to them and that they were talking back to him through his art."
--Gary Tinterow, The Met, New York
“The world breaks everyone but afterwards many are strong at the broken places.”
"Inside every head is a different world."
--skateboarder in San Francisco
"Thank God our time is now, when wrong comes up to meet us everywhere, never to leave us till we take the longest stride of soul men ever took."
"If you're neurotic and you think, I'm not where I deserve to be or my mother didn't love me, or blah, blah, blah, that lie, that neurotic vision, takes over your life and you're plagued by it 'til it's cleansed. In a play, at the end of the play, the lie is revealed. [T]he better the play is, the more surprising and inevitable the lie is, as Aristotle told us. Plays are about lies."
"If you want to be a writer, you don't want to live in a comfortable place."
--Benjamin Alire Saenz
"Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be led by a liar is to ask to be lied to. To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery."
"And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
"Often people think that it's a question of adrenaline, [that] it's an adrenaline addiction. I think what they are addicted to essentially is brotherhood. It's a very healthy impulse that is taking place in a very unhealthy place."
--Sebastian Junger on troops in combat
"If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite."
--William Blake in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
"Love well, be loved and do something of value."
"Tread softly upon the earth because the faces of the unborn look up at you."
--James Cameron quoting Brazilian tribal saying
"You don't attract what you want. You attract what you are."
"We will go through the gate. If the gate is closed, we will go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we will pole vault in. If that doesn't work, we will parachute in."
--Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
"Most stuff that is genuine is better left unsaid."
"If things don't seem out of control, you're not going fast enough."
-- Mario Andretti
"We see things not as they are, but as we are."
-- Anais Nin
"A change in the weather is sufficient to re-create the world and ourselves."
-- Marcel Proust
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
-- George Bernard Shaw
". . . the only difference between you and God is that you have forgotten that you are divine."
-- Peter Solomon in The Lost Symbol
"Have an open-mind, but don't let your brains fall out."
-- Jacob Needleman
"When thought races ahead of Being, a civilization is racing towards destruction."
-- Jacob Needleman in his new book What is God?
"A great man knows he is not God, and the greater he is the better he knows it."
-- G.K. Chesterton
“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only at night.”
-- Edgar Allan Poe
"Give thanks to unknown blessings already on their way."
-- Native American proverb at cafe in San Francisco
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”