the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art."
- Leonardo DaVinci
is fully practical to create that which has form in the silence.
the noise art makes is usually heard by those whose lives listen
It is not adviseable to cheat that which has no other stake than
the deeps and brights of all man."
- Kenneth Patchen
"Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does
not dissolve in one's bath like a lump of sugar!" - Pablo
"Take into account that great love and great achievements
involve great risk." - the Dalai Lama
" "No time like the now, To remember the future, Before
it's too late . . ."
- Cyberhaiku by Lucie Shores
"God is the shortest distance between zero and infinityin
either direction." - Alfred Jarry
"Sages who have abandoned learning come to rest in spontaneity"
- Huang Po
"Wheeeeeeee!!! Uh-oh. Aaaaaaiiiiiiiieeeeee! (SPLASH!)"
"Every form correctly seen is beautiful" - Goethe
"There is an angel inside me whom I am constantly shocking.
- Jean Cocteau
"I'm an angel in an earth suit." - Gary Busey
"I made myself a snowball
As perfect as could be
I thought I'd keep it as a pet
And let it sleep with me
I got it some pajamas
And a pillow for it's head
It ran away sometime last night
It wet the bed". -
"Your work is to discover your world and then with all your
heart give yourself to it." - Buddha
'take the flange-drive out over the square of thumbs while tubing
flap tape. Then toward each landmass forward active". -
Actual translation found on a box of imported candy.
"All the arts serving human desires and needs are derived
from the breath that God sent into the human body" - Hildegard
"The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must
be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated
and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced,
if the nation doesn't want to go bankrupt. People must again
learn to work, instead of living on public assistance".
Marcus Tullius Cicero, 55 B.C
"Take my advice, don't listen to me." - Neil Young
and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple." -- Oscar
problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always
so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."
- Bertrand Russell
"It is difficult
to teach a new dog old tricks." -Warren Buffett
never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great
pleasure." -Clarence Darrow
make the man, naked people have little or no influence in society".
- Mark Twain
"When I judge my art, I take my painting and put it next
to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it
is not art." - Marc Chagall
"God is a practical joker with unlimited resources."
"Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment." - Jalal
the only hard thing is to begin; A grass blade's no easier to
make than an oak."
- James Russell Lowell
a few from our
fave Uncle Albert:
"The important thing is not to stop questioning." Albert
to know God's thoughts. The rest is just details" .Albert
is an illusion, albeit a persistent one." Albert Einstein"
things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm
not sure about the former" - Albert Einstein
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex,
and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
- to move in the opposite direction". Albert Einstein
can not be held responsible for people falling in love".
between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits".
"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, We make our world". - - Buddha
world is another planet's Hell". Aldous Huxley
great in politics, poetry, or the arts has ever been achieved
by anyone without a melancholic temperament". Aristotle
"Knowledge can only be got in one way, the way of experience;
there is no other way to know." - Vivekananda
"I can never give the assurance that one of my laughs will
not be preceded or followed by a fart." - Abraham Lincoln
is not the territory." - Alfred Korzbyski
"Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo". - H. G.
"Men occasionally stumble on the truth, but most of them
pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened".
- Winston Churchill
"An awful lot of people can't see the trees for the forest."
- Jack Ridl
"God invented marijuana about 3 minutes before he created
the platypus". Jason Bennett
"A painter paints a painting with the same feeling as that
with which a criminal commits a crime." - Edgar Degas
"When art becomes illegal only outlaws will be artists..."
- Crushproof Tomsen
"If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end
to end, I wouldn't be a bit surprised." - Dorothy Parker
"Don't worry about losing. If it is right, it happens -
The Main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away."
- John Steinbeck
"The future ain't what it used to be." - Yogi Berra
"The message is that there are known knowns - there are
things that we know that we know. There are known unknowns -
that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know.
But there are also unknown unknowns - there are things we do
not know we don't know. And each year we discover a few more
of those unknown unknowns." - Donald Rumsfeld
"Don't feed the dolphins or they'll poke a hole in your
boat next time you go out."' - Tom Waits
"Y'know, it's really not all that difficult. There will
be peace when we begin to love our children more than we hate
our enemies." Joey D. Croembozah (post-industrial ether
bandit at large)
songs is like capturing birds without killing them. Sometimes
you end up with nothing but a mouthful of feathers." - Tom
" I listen,
I see, I remember.
I do, therefore I understand." - Ancient Chinese Proverb
"Oh, lonesome's a bad place to get crowded into."
"Only out of deep experience of
love, sweet and bitter, pleasant
and painful, high and low,
heaven and hell,
only out of deep experience of
pain and pleasure
through love does one become aware.
They are needed to make you aware." - Bhagwan Sri Rajneesh
"He who would trade liberty for some temporary security,
deserves neither liberty nor security"
- Benjamin Franklin
Telpo's hand selected sentence fragment of the week (from 3-25-07
NYT book section, in a review of 2 new books about leni riefenstahl):
"...and the second (book) spends too much of its time weighing
sport down with a neoclassic gravitas that feels like being hit
over the head with the Parthenon..."
"The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is
too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach
it". - Michelangelo
"The music never goes away even if the people who make it
do. that's the whole point of creating something above and beyond
yourself, whether it's music or anything else. What I do is to
attempt to bring forth the master spirit within us all and exalt
that spirit through my music. To me, music is a giving process
on the part of the musicians involved, nothing more and certainly
nothing less. All the other aspects of the performance or of
the music itself are secondary to the presentation of the gift."
- Pharoah Sanders
"Returning once more
I read until I must go
The book lies open" - Cy-Ku
by Lucie Shores
need & most difficult achievement is to find meaning in our
lives. When we expose our hearts and minds to the fruitful contemplation
of life experiences (ours and those of others), we become gifted
with an invaluable measure of vision and understanding that can
ultimately dazzle the imagination and stir the passions..."
- Bruno Betelheim
"The past is history. The future is a mystery. Every moment
is a gift. That's why it's called "The Present"
- Shalidar Kumbaya
"Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes."
- Henry David Thoreau
"An act of love that fails is just as much a part of the
divine life as an act of love that succeeds, for love is measured
by fullness, not by reception." - Harold Lokes
"The neurotic has problems; the psychotic has solutions."
A Nazi officer
meeting Picasso said "So youâre the one
who did that", (referring to his painting, Guernica.) "No,
you did!" replied Picasso
"Only when he no longer
knows what he is doing does the painter do good things."
- Edgar Degas
"A drawing is the nervous system made visible." - John
"Civilization is a transient sickness." - Robinson
"The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to
a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly
an idiot." - Salvador Dali
"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". - Stephen Hawking
have the imagination for reality." - Goethe
"All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him.
If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows
him, like a shadow that never leaves him." - Gautama Buddha
"Freedom and highest love must go together, then neither
can become a bondage. We can give nothing to God; He gives all
to us. He is the Guru of Gurus. Then we find that He is the "Soul
of our souls", our very Self. No wonder we love Him, He
is the Soul of our souls; whom or what else can we love? We want
to be the "steady flame, burning without heat and without
smoke". - Vivekananda
"We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that
divine idea which each of us represents."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the 1920s, while barring
the teaching of foreign languages, Texas governor Miriam "Ma"
Ferguson picked up a Bible and famously declared, "If English
was good enough for Jesus Christ, it's good enough for Texas."
"Got writer's block? Lower your standards." - William
"There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept."
- Ansel Adams
a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line."
- Oscar Levant
"it is fully practical to create that which has form in
the noise art makes is usually heard by those whose lives listen
It is not adviseable to cheat that which has no other stake than
the deeps and brights of all man."
- Kenneth Patchen
IS a repeat..but what the heck; it's the best one on the page,
"Welcome o life! I go to encounter for the millionth time
the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul
the uncreated conscience of my race." - Stephen Daedalus
from Joyce's 'Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man'
"one must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give
birth to a dancing star." - Nietzsche
"Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions."
- Gielogo Pensczekrelto
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world. "
- Mahatma Ghandi
"You will do foolish things always, but when you do, do
them with enthusiasm." - Collette
"Her own mother lived
the latter years of her life in the horrible suspicion that electricity
was dripping invisibly all over the house" - James Thurber
"Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could
be missing out on the joke of the century."
- Dame Edna Everage
"Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles
called electrons, that you cannot see with the naked eye unless
you have been drinking. - Dave Barry
"To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist,
there's no such thing as perfect."
- Alexander Calder
"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
"Be perfectly hopeless, that is the highest state. What
is there to hope for? Burst asunder the bonds of hope, stand
on your Self, be at rest, never mind what you do, give up all
to God, but have no hypocrisy about it." - Vivekananda
"There are plenty of good five-cent cigars in the country.
The trouble is they cost a quarter. What this country needs is
a good five-cent nickel." - Franklin P. Adams
"What we call reality is an agreement that people have arrived
at to make life more livable." - Louise Berliawsky Nevelson
"The essence of pleasure is spontaneity." - Germaine
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly
sick society" - Krishnamurti
"A magician pulls rabbits out of hats. An experimental psychologist
pulls habits out of rats." - Cheldeapa Squiiz
"All human beings should try
to learn before they die what they are running from, and to,
and why." - James Thurber
"Love and death are the two great gifts that we pass on,
and we usually pass them on unopened" - Rilke
O mind, dive deep in the ocean of God's beauty! If you descend
to the uttermost depths, there you will find the gem of love."
- Bengali Hymn
"Do everything with so much love in your heart that you
would never want to do it any other way." - Yogi Desai
"Tragedy is when I cut
my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die."
- Mel Brooks
"Human Dignity has gleamed only now and then and here and
there, in lonely splendor, throughout the ages, a hope of the
better men, never an achievement of the majority." - James
"If it's true that our species is alone in the universe,
then I'd have to say that the universe aimed rather low and settled
for very little."
- George Carlin
"Seekest thou not treasure or thou mayest have the misfortune
to overtake it!" - Don Quixote
"I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told
me to quit going to those places."- Henny Youngman
"We who live in the metallic world must consider the birds,
not only the geese and the herons and the hummingbirds, but also
the theoretical birds which cruise in our veins, passionate death
defying birds which possess us. Because our music and our art
originate from the birds. Our great-great-grandparents were birds.
The electric currents in our brain are flying lessons. Our thoughts
- Peter Schumann - from Bread & Puppets Theater
"Look for the ridiculous in everything and you will certainly
find it." - Jules Renard
"a mini-parable: Once
a man went to the Wish Fulfilling Tree. Any wish would be answered
there. He asked for riches and got them and who knows what else!
Then he thought (being out in the jungle and all), "What
if a Tiger came and ate me?" Needless to say, the tiger
came and ate him." - Respa Ntuba
"The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes
fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself, but in so
doing, he identifies himself with people--that is, people everywhere,
not for the purpose of taking them apart, but simply revealing
their true nature."- James Thurber
"There are people who make things happen, those who watch
what happens,and those who wonder what happened." L.N. O'Rigby
"Train rides/trainwrecks, notta lotta diff', 'ceptin' fer
one crucial detail, n'est ce pas?" - Admiral Pluto Krozabeeep
soil, ground. Human being walk, make alive..." -Chinese
"Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change
without notice." - Will Durant
"The future keeps telling you what the past was about."
"The first mistake of Art is to assume that it's serious."
- Lester Bangs
is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists
we will be...The nation and the world are in dire need of creative
extremists" - Martin Luther King
We pray for circumstance, deal with happenstance, and accept
consequence" -Admiral Pluto Krozabeeep
"The falling out of
faithful friends, renewing is of love." - Richard Edwardes
"Any artist should be grateful for a naive grace which puts
him beyond the need to reason elaborately." - Saul Bellow
"Communism is like one big phone company." - Lenny
To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended
to pretend." - Jacques Derrida
"I know that you believe that you understood what you think
I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is
not what I meant."
- Robert McCloskey
"The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively
cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid:
the state of being alone." - James Baldwin
"Everyone is as God has made him, and oftentimes a great
deal worse. - Miguel de Cervantes
"I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I feel my fate
in what I cannot fear.I learn by going where I have to go."
"Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand" - Baruch
"Pop artists deal with the lowly trivia of possessions and
equipment that the present generation is lugging along with it
on its safari into the future." - J. G. Ballard
"Denial is a creative opportunity..." - Adja-Pelly-GoBoomdamn
"The Devil craps on the big pile" - Albert Einstein
of the situation requires levity and brevity." -Adja/Pelleye/Nicki/Wrench
"Heinasirkka, Heinasirkka, menetaala hiiteen!" ("Grasshopper,
Grasshopper, go to Hell!") - St. Urho (who drove the grasshoppers
out of Finland by chanting this phrase)
"I am lost.
I've gone to look for myself. If I should return before I get
back, please ask me to wait." - Ida Hopt
"We know where Iraq's WMD's are. They're in the area around
Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat."
- Donald Rumsfeld
"No doubt the world is an imaginary world, but it is only
once removed from the true world." - Isaac Bashevis Singer
"My research consists of studying the effects of putting
somebody like me into a world like this." - Ashleigh Brilliant
"I'd rather know some of the questions than all of the answers."
- James Thurber
"All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one
was born with a knowledge of God." - Voltaire
of first love is our ignorance that it can never end."-
"Wait, Lucidity -Lemme 'splain!" -The existentialist
"Yes but I cry easily. I cry at the movies. I cry over television
ads. I blame the Modernist movement - it took the sentiment out
of art, so weâre left to cry at junk."
- Lenny Krenka
"It gives me a deep comforting sense that things seen are
temporal and things unseen are eternal." - Helen Keller
"The secret of being a bore is to tell everything."
"Shock comes, Oh - Oh! Laughing words. Ha - Ha!
Terror for a hundred miles, but he doesn't drop the chalice."
- Aquarian Tarot
"The time to be happy is now; the place to be happy is here."
- Robert G. Ingersoll
"Diplomacy is the art of letting someone have your way."
- Topo Gigio
"Life, like a dome of many-coloured glass, stains the white
radiance of eternity." - Adonais
"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?"
- Leroy Satchell Paige
"Is do is did to do as is do is did to did." (The Golden
Rule of Is and Do) - Zando Booch
"Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of
nature's monotony. The sublime idea men have of the universe
would collapse with dizzying speed. The order which we find in
nature, and which is only an effect of art, would at once vanish.
Everything would break up in chaos. There would be no seasons,
no civilization, no thought, no humanity; even life would give
way, and the impotent void would reign everywhere."
- Guillaume Apollinaire
"I am grateful to those who are keepers of the groove. The
babies and the grandmas who hang on to it and help us remember
when we forget that any kind of dancing is better than no dancing
at all." - Lynda Barry
you put on a wooden beak and pick shit with the rest of us chickens?"
- Mabel Domitio
"I am not one of those who, in expressing opinions, confine
themselves to facts." - Mark Twain
"Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge
is limited while imagination embraces the entire world."
- Albert Einstein
"There is no safety
in numbers, or in anything else." - James Thurber
"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where
there is no path, and leave a trail." - Armand Toooliah
In the 1920s, while barring
the teaching of foreign languages, Texas governor Miriam "Ma"
Ferguson picked up a Bible and famously declared, "If English
was good enough for Jesus Christ, it's good enough for Texas."
Ten Commandments for Guitar Players:
1. LISTEN TO
THE BIRDS That's where all the music comes from. Birds know everything
about how it should sound and where that sound should come from.
And watch hummingbirds. They fly really fast, but a lot of times
they aren't going anywhere.
2. YOUR GUITAR IS NOT REALLY A GUITAR Your guitar is a divining
rod. Use it to find spirits in the other world and bring them
over. A guitar is also a fishing rod. If you're good, you'll
land a big one.
3. PRACTICE IN
FRONT OF A BUSH Wait until the moon is out, then go outside,
eat a multi-grained bread and play your guitar to a bush. If
the bush doesn't shake, eat another piece of bread.
4. WALK WITH
THE DEVIL Old delta blues players referred to amplifiers as the
"devil box." And they were right. You have to be an
equal opportunity employer in terms of who you're bringing over
from the other side. Electricity attracts demons and devils.
Other instruments attract other spirits. An acoustic guitar attracts
Casper. A mandolin attracts Wendy. But an electric guitar attracts
5. IF YOU'RE
GUILTY OF THINKING, YOU'RE OUT If your brain is part of the process,
you're missing it. You should play like a drowning man, struggling
to reach shore. If you can trap that feeling, then you have something
that is fur bearing.
6. NEVER POINT
YOUR GUITAR AT ANYONE Your instrument has more power than lightning.
Just hit a big chord, then run outside to hear it. But make sure
you are not standing in an open field.
7. ALWAYS CARRY
YOUR CHURCH KEY You must carry your key and use it when called
upon. That's your part of the bargain. Like One String Sam. He
was a Detroit street musician in the fifties who played a homemade
instrument. His song "I Need A Hundred Dollars" is
warm pie. Another church key holder is Hubert Sumlin, Howlin'
Wolf's guitar player. He just stands there like the Statue of
Liberty making you want to look up her dress to see how he's
8. DON'T WIPE
THE SWEAT OFF YOUR INSTRUMENT You need that stink on there. Then
you have to get that stink onto your music.
9. KEEP YOUR
GUITAR IN A DARK PLACE When you're not playing your guitar, cover
it and keep it in a dark place. If you don't play your guitar
for more than a day, be sure to put a saucer of water in with
10. YOU GOTTA
HAVE A HOOD FOR YOUR ENGINE Wear a hat when you play and keep
that hat on. A hat is a pressure cooker. If you have a roof on
your house the hot air can't escape. Even a lima bean has to
have a wet paper towel around it to make it grow.
Ages ago, God and Satan went for a walk. As they walked, Satan
notice that God was holding something bright and shiny in his
hand. Satan asked God what it was. God replied, "This? This
is truth." Satan snatched it from God's hand and said, "Give
this to me, I'll organize it for you." - a parable from
the soon to be published Krozabeeep Kollections
"They say Princes learn no art truly, but the art of horsemanship.
The reason is, the brave beast is no flatterer. He will throw
a prince as soon as his groom." - Ben Jonson
that a small group of committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead
"Jeez Arnie, this damn chef's hat is too tight and is makin'
my brain hurt. No wonder this stuff we put in these cans tastes
like crap!" - Hector Boiardi (yes, that Chef Boy-R-Dee!!!)
In England, there are sixty different religions and only one
people say they don't eat eggplant when God loves the color and
the French love the name? I don't understand." - Jeff Smith,
The Frugal Gourmet
"The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple."
- Oscar Wilde
My beautiful, my beautiful!
That standest meekly by,
With thy proudly-arched and glossy neck,
and dark and fiery eye!
- Caroline Sheridan Norton, The Arab's Farewell to His Steed
"This Brahman, this Self, deep-hidden in all beings, is
not revealed to all; but to the seers, pure in heart, concentrated
in mind' to them is he revealed." - from the Katha Upanishad
"In order to be irreplaceable you must be different."
- Coco Chanel
"It is a spiritual practice to live at the center of a creative
life." - Cibogo Lunzalla
"Truth is to be judged
by truth and by nothing else. Doing good is not the test of truth;
the Sun needs no torch by which to see it. Even if truth destroys
the whole universe, still it is truth; stand by it."
"Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle
by which what is broken is made whole again..." - Dag Hammarskjold
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other
plans" - John Lennon
"Fortune knocks at every man's door once in a life,"
but in a good many cases the man is in a neighboring saloon and
does not hear her." - Mark Twain
observation, you realize that you are an imperfect person, stop,
acknowledge your cosmic trespass, ask that your slate be wiped
clean, believe that it has, redirect your energies to change
the identified imperfections, and move on. Repeat these steps
as often as necessary." - Paolo Pontificatti (Excerpt from
Chicken Scagadda for the Soul)
"Remember, even when opportunity knocks, a man still has
to get up off his seat and open the door."
- Luther "Ten-Penny" McFartland
"Thinking about our own state of mind, what a wonderful
balance! Freedom and Love. Freedom keeps perspective and Love
fires us to greater things. Taken together, freedom cannot lead
to selfishness and aloofness, and love cannot bind. - Vivekananda
"It had only one fault.
It was kind of lousy." - James Thurber
"It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are
reported to have learned English - up to fifty words used in
correct context - no human being has been reported to have learned
dolphinese." - Carl Sagan
"Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him
- Mahatma Gandhi
"They've said all they can say about me, except that I'm
dead" - Georgia O'Keefe
is its own reward..." - BeBeBobo
"The Messiah will only come when he is no longer needed."
- Franz Kafka
"Creativity in the form of art may be a whore unto the ego
in the denial of mortality. Or creativity in the form of being
may be a cry of mortality to go on as conscious expression beyond
the chains of theism. Consciousness is the stake that evolves
into the brightness of all man and nails mortality to the color
doors of time." - David Mullen (editor note: Whaaaaa???????)
rich people and you hang around with them, and one night they've
had a few drinks and they say 'I'll buy it!' Then they tell their
friends, "you must have this person's work, darling,' and
that's all you need. That's all it takes. Get it?" -Andy
Warhol (in his diary on what it takes to make it in the art world.)
sour, throw it out! Ver Hassestak Orta! Dona mel da fees Hinkpool!
Tok eeena eet! Tok eena eet! TOK EENA EET!!!" - Salvatore
Martirano (from L's g.a.)
vision means seeing with the heart." - Lucie Shores
âIn the faces of men and women I see God.â
- Walt Whitman from Leaves of Grass
"You know you're getting old when the only thing you exercise
is caution" - Chef Algie Petrere
"the illusion is that you are simply reading this poem.
the reality is that this is more than a poem." - bukowski
Shaw's epitaph reads:
"I knew that if I lived long enough, something like this
give birth to your images. They are the future waiting to be
born... Fear not the strangeness you feel. The future must enter
you long before it happens...just wait for the birth, for the
hour of new clarity.
- Ranier Maria Rilke
""Anybody caught selling macrame in public should be
dyed a natural color and hung out to dry."
- Calvin Trillin
"I loathe the expression
'What makes him tick.' It is the American mind, looking for simple
and singular solution, that uses the foolish expression. A person
not only ticks, he also chimes and strikes the hour, falls and
breaks and has to be put together again, and sometimes stops
like an electric clock in a thunderstorm." - James Thurber
"If you let that sort of thing go on, your bread and butter
will be cut right out from under your feet." - Former British
foreign minister, Ernest Bevin
"A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase."
- Mark Twain
"Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly
and for the same reason." - Penn E. Laine
"If I don't
see you no more in this world, I'll meet you in the next one;
& don't be late. (Don't be late..)"
- James Marshall Hendrix
"God does not play dice with the universe" - Albert
"Anywhere is walking distance if you have the time."
- Steven Wright
"Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by
what they think laughable.
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
"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..."
- Jack Kerouac
"Man exists in a twilight zone between beast and Buddha"
- Wesczbo Dopaeenalotz
TNT, I'm smokin' dynamite, I hope some screwball start a fight.
('Cause I'm ready...)"
- McKinley Morganfield
the things you can count don't count. Many of the things you
can't count really count."
- Albert Einstein
for abject & total ludicrosity. Only when critical mass of
the psyche AND soul has been achieved through incessant devotion
to the realm of the absurd, can we begin to fathom the energy
and beauty (and ultimate dignity) in our ongoing quest for spiritual
fulfillment, ya know what I mean? Huh? do ya? OK, then."
-Admiral Pluto Krozabeeep, Prime Minister of Eternal Combustion
"No, no, no..the one beHIND Maple Nut Crunch...." -
in the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love
only what we understand. We will understand only what we are
taught." - Baba Dioum
SECTION FROM BENT VISIONARY-SAGE, STEVEN WRIGHT
holes are where God divided by zero.
All those who believe in psychokinesis raise my hand.
Early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.
OK, so what's the speed of dark?
How do you tell when you run out of invisible ink?
If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked
Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have.
Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.
Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.
Shin: a device for finding furniture in the dark.
Many people quit looking for work when they find a job.
I intend to live forever - so far, so good.
Join the Army, meet interesting people, kill them.
If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
If I worked as much as others, I would do as little as they.
24 hours in a day ... 24 beers in a case ... coincidence?
Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded.
Boycott shampoo! Demand the REAL poo!
Who is General Failure and why is he reading my hard disk?
What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out.
I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.
Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you
If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
Experience is something you don't get until just after you need
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
No one is listening until you make a mistake.
Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view.
The colder the X-ray table, the more of your body is required
The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of
The severity of the itch is proportional to the reach.
To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many
Two wrongs are only the beginning.
You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.
The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7th of your life.
The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch
A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never
Change is inevitable....except from vending machines.
A fool and his money are soon partying.
Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.
If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple of
Drugs may lead to nowhere, but at least it's the scenic route.
I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.
Borrow money from pessimists-they don't expect it back.
Half the people you know are below average.
99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so
Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect.
walking distance if you have the time.
I have an existential
map. It has 'You are here' written all over it.
I used to work
in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn't park anywhere near the
I was walking
down the street wearing glasses when the prescription ran out.
If you shoot
at mimes, should you use a silencer?
It doesn't make
a difference what temperature a room is, it's always room temperature.
It's a small
world, but I wouldn't want to paint it.
Last night I
stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house
and four people died.
Last night somebody
broke into my apartment and replaced everything with exact duplicates...
When I pointed it out to my roommate, he said, 'Do I know you?'
Last year I went
fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught
every other fish.
My theory of
evolution is that Darwin was adopted.
There's a fine
line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.
word for Thesaurus?
When I woke up
this morning my girlfriend asked me, 'Did you sleep good?' I
said 'No, I made a few mistakes.'
You can't have
everything. Where would you put it?
alike, no season knows, nor clime, nor hours, days, months, which
are the rags of time." - John Donne
Leading mind from ground to sky
Lateral thoughts hurt -
CyKu by Lucie Shores
ass!!" - Calvin Witherspoon
be afraid of playing mistakes; there aren't any." - Miles
okay fine, Miles... but then on the other hand, Miles was once
heard to say to John Coltrane after 'Trane's extremely lengthy
solo: "John, why the fuck did you play so damn long? to
which Coltrane replied "Hey, man; that's how long it took.")
"HAD I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams." - William
(Verde que te
quiero verde. Verde viento. Verde ramas."
("Green I love you green. Green Wind. Green branches.")
- Federico Garcia Lorca
"Only when lions have historians, will hunters cease being
heroes" - African Proverb
way to make your dreams come true is to wake up." - Paul
"I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath toys
were a toaster and a radio." - Joan Rivers
"You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is
out of focus." - Mark Twain
do the real work found deep inside themselves, it is a way of
becoming their true size" -Harriet Griffith
"Humor is such a wonderful thing, helping you realize what
a fool you are but how beautiful that is at the same time."
- Lynda Barry
"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I
couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."
- Georgia O'Keeffe
"Abstract art is a product of the untalented, sold by the
unprincipled to the utterly bewildered." - Al Capp
thing happened today that happened yesterday, only to different
people..." - Walter Winchell
"That action is moral which frees us from the bondage of
matter and vice versa. This world appears infinite, because everything
is in a circle; it returns to whence it came. The circle meets,
so there is no rest or peace here in any place. We must get out.
Mukti is the one end to be attained. . ." - Vivekananda
who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides,
never decides..." - Henri Frederic Amiel
"God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid
to laugh" - Voltaire
"If we do not find anything pleasant, at least we shall
find something new." - Voltaire
"Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by
imagination." - Voltaire
too stupid to be said is sung." - Voltaire
safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With
this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death."
not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd." - Voltaire
is guilty of all the good he didn't do." - Voltaire
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of
their dreams" - Eleanor Roosevelt
truth and the search for truth, I opt for the second." -
"Nowadays men lead lives
of noisy desperation." - James Thurber
"good to remember that we're all gods AND we're all clods
too..." David Strand
like Straws, upon the surface flow;
He who would search for Pearls must dive below." - John
stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions"
- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give."
- Norman MacEwan
"Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try
to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand
them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate
them." - Salvador Dali
"Never forget that those who bring happiness to the lives
of others cannot keep it from themselves." - Maurice Maeterlinck
"It is only
those who never do anything who never make mistakes." -
"May the best from your past be the worst of your future."
- a Romanian Gypsy proverb
"I died a mineral and became a plant. I died a plant and
rose an animal. I died an animal, and I was man. Why should I
fear? When was I less by dying?" - Rumi
"An ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure."
- Shelda Parsnip
"Don't just stammer...DO something!" - Delda, Shelda
Parsnip's older sister
Savor the warmth
of every sun filled day, the chill wind of every raging storm,
weeds as much as flowers, the bitter and the sweet." from
"dark rivers of the heart" - Dean Koontz
"If there really is a God who created the entire universe
with all of its glories, and he decides to deliver a message
to humanity, he will NOT use as his messenger a person on cable
TV with a bad hairstyle or in some cases, really bad make-up
too." - Tolly Shabaybay
"Loving someone deeply gives you strength; while being deeply
loved gives you courage." - Lao Tzu
like work- no man does- but I like what is in work- the chance
to find yourself." - Joseph Conrad
like work, work don't like me; we'll stay away from each other,
that's the way it ought to be- I ain't doin too bad, I ain't
doin too bad at all..." -Morris Holt (Magic Slim)
who obsesses about originality will ever be original; whereas
if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring two pence
about how often it has been told before) you will likely become
original without ever having noticed." - C.S. Lewis
"I used to wake up at
4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I tried
to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the
conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness."
- James Thurber
"I am running for president in the year 2000 because I think
I can beat Bill Clinton." - Dan Quayle
"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've
always gotten." - Tony Robbins
"When you're swimmin' in a creek and an eel bites your cheek,
that's a moray." - JC Christy
Goose the puppet, went around with Frazier Thomas' hand up his
ass. He liked it!" - Ray Rayner
anything bigger than your head." - B. Kliban
just got past the waders" - K. Angelwood
proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy" - Ben
I am having fun!" - Zippy, that lovable pinhead
I forgot to have fun!" - Cartoon character, Little Lulu
(at age 67)
"Pick up the joy giving wine and come hither.
Temptations of mean foes decline and come hither.
Donât listen to the one who says sit down and
Listen to me, pick up the line and come hither." - Hafiz
"The main cause of all bondage is ignorance. Man is not
wicked by his own nature, not at all. His nature is pure, perfectly
holy. Each man is divine. Each man that you see is a God by his
very nature. This nature is covered by ignorance, and it is ignorance
that binds us down. Ignorance is the cause of all misery. Ignorance
is the cause of all wickedness; and knowledge will make the world
good. Knowledge will remove all misery. Knowledge will make us
free. This is the idea of Jnana-Yoga: knowledge will make us
free! What knowledge? Chemistry? Physics? Astronomy? Geology?
They help us a little, just a little. But the chief knowledge
is that of your own nature. "Know thyself." You must
know what you are, what your real nature is. You must become
conscious of that infinite nature within. Then your bondages
will burst." - Vivekananda
two ways to wash the dishes-the first is to wash the dishes in
order to have clean dishes and the second is to wash the dishes
in order to wash the dishes." - Thich Nhat Hanh from "The
Miracle of Mindfulness"
"The lamps are many, the Light is one." - Jelaluddin
A PITHY PARABLE (GOD KICKS MOSES' ASS)
following story, the great prophet Moses has just scolded an
ordinary person for addressing God in simple, human terms. Mortified,
the person shrinks away. God then appears to Moses and says:]
"You have separated Me from one of My own. Did you come
as a Prophet to unite, or to sever? I have given each being a
separate and unique way of seeing and knowing and saying that
knowledge. What seems wrong to you is right for him. What is
poison to one is honey to someone else. Purity and impurity,
sloth and diligence in worship, these mean nothing to Me. I am
apart from all that. Ways of worshipping are not to be ranked
as better or worse than one another. Hindus do Hindu things.
The Dravidian Muslims in India do what they do. It's all praise,
it's all right. It's not Me that's glorified in acts of worship.
It's the worshippers! I don't hear the words they say. I look
inside at the humility. The broken-open lowliness is the Reality,
not the language! Forget phraseology, I want burning, burning
. . . . Burn up your thinking and forms of expression! Moses,
those who pay attention to ways of behaving and speaking are
one sort. Lovers who burn are another. - Jelaluddin Rumi "God
Sees Beneath the Forms.", Translation by Coleman Barks
more dangerous than an idea when it's the only one you have..."
- Emile Chartier
"People who are resting on their laurels are wearing them
on the wrong end." - Malcolm Kushner
is no try. There is only do or not do". -Yoda
is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different
kind of artist." - Eric Gill
transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow
spot into the sun." - Pablo Picasso
do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is
not to be reached by search or trail." - Heraclitus
can look for fashion in a boutique or history in a museum. The
creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store and fashion
in an airport." - Robert Weider
"The Resplendent Self
Your self is the miraculous Self.
When you seek the things of the lower mind, you are subject to
the world of law.
But when you seek the things of the higher mind â
divine things, spiritual things beyond matter â
you enter a realm of miracles and grace.
will begin to happen when you think of the true nature of the
You will be surprised to find how the Self has become an illumined
force within you.
Nature is the
vesture of God.
Beyond nature's mechanical laws are higher laws that are much
more flexible; from there miracles come.
If you say "I
am the Self," you will find that the real Self begins to
is within me": this is knowledge.
I am the witness, the spectator.
I am that infinite effulgence against which the universe is dancing.
Be the witness.
All is play; the whole universe is play. Then everything brings
truth." - Swami Ashokananda
"Every rule here may be broken except this one!" -
Yho toe zhan! Yho Toe Zhan!" -Oblio Roman Boraldi
engrossed in his efforts to blow up a car, will sometimes burn
his lips on the exhaust pipe." - Coelbard Coronado
"Is do is
did is did is done so if is do. Is!" - Zando Booch
power of soul, anything is possible. With the power of you, it's
anything that you want t'do." - James Marshall Hendrix
"I am very
fond of picking up chestnuts, old rags, and particularly pieces
of paper. I like to hold them in my hands, to close my fingers
over them; I could almost put them in my mouth, like a small
child might." - Roquentin from Sartre's "La Nausee"
"Where there is an open mind there will always be a frontier."
- Eugenia Rosealba Nioprino
"Youth is a country. I used to live there. Its inhabitants
can't wait to migrate. Its exiles long to return."
- I. Allan Sealy, The Brainfever Bird
yer shut yer gob yer big fat get or I'll kick your face in. Yer
all the same you rich fat Bourgies, workin' uz poor workers to
death and gettin all the gelt and going to France for for yer
'olidays." -Scruddy Tadddpill (from "Scene three Act
one" in John Lennon's "In his Own Write")
"There is always the danger that we may just do the work
for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love
and the devotion come in -- that we do it to God, to Christ,
and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible."
- Mother Teresa
"Books are useless to us until our own book opens; then
all other books are good so far as they confirm our book. It
is the strong that understand strength, it is the elephant that
understands the lion, not the rat. How can we understand Jesus
until we are his equals? It is all in the dream to feed five
thousand with two loaves, or to feed two with five loaves; neither
is real and neither affects the other. Only grandeur appreciates
grandeur, only God realises God. The dream is only the dreamer,
it has no other basis. It is not one thing and the dreamer another."
- Swami Vivekananda
"Do not sit long with a sad friend. When you go to a garden
do you look at the weeds? Spend more time with the roses and
jasmines." - Jalal Ud-Din Rumi
of choice and with honor, as though the maker and moulder of
yourself, you may fashion yourself in whatever shape you shall
prefer. You shall have the power to degenerate into the lower
forms of life which are brutish, or to, out of your soul's judgement,
be reborn into the higher forms which are divine."
-Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
"Osama Bin Laden is either alive and well or alive and not
too well or not alive." - Donald Rumsfeld
"I shouldn't get into ... this is diplomacy, and I don't
do diplomacy." Donald Rumsfeld
"Through our sunless lanes creeps Poverty with her hungry
eyes, and Sin with his sodden face follows close behind her.
Misery wakes us in the morning and Shame sits with us at night."
- Oscar Wilde
"It is safest
to be moderately base -- to be flexible in shame, and to be always
ready for what is generous, good and just, when anything is to
be gained by virtue." - Sydney Smith
a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong" -
Joseph Chilton Pearce
"The sweetest joy, the wildest woe is love." - Pearl
think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."
- Virginia Woolf
you believe you can or believe you can't, you're right."
- Joey Abzo Croemboza
sell, & trade this, them, those, these and that." -
not here to create disorder, we are here to preserve disorder."
- Former Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley Sr.
(during the 1968 Democratic Convention riots)
I wanna raise my flag & say 'hi', I'm from the U. S. of A;
(yeah, that's what I'm talkin' 'bout), and to all you bill collectors,
y'all have a nice day.(send me some candy so I can lick the wrapper,
baby)" - William "Bootsy" Collins
"I am not
a crook!" -Richard Milhouse Nixon
"I am not
a dumbfuck!" -Spiro T. Agnew
can't imagine what happened to the friggin' tape." - Rosemary
my coat, so whaddaya worryin' about?" - Dale Maddox
got to know 'bout yer rightful place in the back of the bus."
kids'a, I catcha you, I cutta you fuckin'a balls off! - Alfredo
know; I just don't feel normal..." - Bruce Joel Cutean (as
a young miscreant)
my eyes in order to see." - Paul Gaugin
will reward you for taking risks on its behalf." - Shakti
took the energy it takes to pout, and wrote some blues..."
- Mercer Duke Ellington
but we ain't shook." -Tom Nicholson
learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown."
or expands in proportion to one's courage." -Anais Nin
whole and all things will come to you." -Lao Tzu
"If you were an ancient barbarian, I bet a real embarrassing
thing would be if you were sacking Rome and your cape got caught
on something and you couldn't get it unhooked, and you had to
ask another barbarian to unhook it for you." - Jack Handy
is never finished- it simply stops in interesting places."
"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've
always gotten." - Tony Robbins
is nothing more depraved than a man in the throes of an ether
binge." -Dr. Hunter S. Thompson from "Fear & Loathing
in Las Vegas"
got to go home, but you sure got to get the Hell outta here!"
and play yer guitar!" -Frank Zappa
"No contemplation yields the fruit of foolishness."
- Rozalba DaQuii
"Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by
chance." - William Shakespeare
"There is only one difference between a madman and me. I
am not mad. - Salvador Dali
you will see" - Tolo Borko
that is just baloneyshit!" -Xiangquang "Shawn"
"Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest
that divinity within. Do this either through work or worship,
psychic control or Love and be free. This is the whole of religion..."
is to be crazy when circumstances warrant it." -Calvin
Celeste, man of interesting
"I don't care what is written about me so long as it isn't
true." - Dorothy Parker
"Genius might be described as a supreme capacity for getting
its possessors into trouble of all kinds." - Samuel Butler
"Everyone rises to their level of incompetence." -
Laurence J. Peter
"It is better
to look good than to feel good; you know what I mean? (You look
mmmahvelous!)." - Fernando
I go on all the time 'bout all the beautiful ladies even tho'
I can't see 'em. Well I'm here to tell you, I can do a whole
lot mo' wit' my hands than you can wit' your eyes!" -Ray
Egg Man! You're the nicest man I ever met!!" -Edie Massey
in John Waters' "Pink Flamingoes"
talk to you slightly- jus ast any woman you see; you can be as
ugly as ugly can be, but if you got the money, you look allright!
(an' if you don't look allright, well then, jus' keep on steppin')."
- Pervis Spann, yo' all day, yo' all night bluesman
a wop bam boom!" -Richard Penniman
"A quarrel between friends,
when made up, adds a new tie to friendship." -
St. Francis De Sales
heal thyself and the rest of you motherfuckers get the Hell outta
my way or buy me a drink!" - Dr. Marcus Welby
boom boom..." - John Lee Hooker
"In this world, which is so plainly the antechamber of another,
there are no happy persons. The true division of humanity is
between those who live in light and those who live in darkness.
Our aim must be to diminish the number of the latter and increase
the number of the former.
- Victor Hugo
must come little by little-otherwise it would overwhelm."
- Idries Shah
is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration."
-Thomas Alva Edison
"OVER all the dream-built margin, flushed with grey and
Glint the bubble planets tossing in the dead black sea of night."
- Dora Sigerson
thing we have to fear is fear itself." -Franklin Roosevelt
can't poke fun & laff heartily (at/with/to) yourself, then
for god's sake let someone else do it for you." - Al Toesax
to the blues as the national anthem." -McCoy Tyner
YOU think?" - Judith Seales
"The chemist who can
extract from his heart's elements, compassion, respect, longing,
patience, regret, surprise, and forgiveness and compound them
into one can create that atom which is called love." - Kahlil
"Love is the irresistible
desire to be desired irresistibly". - Louis Ginsberg
"If I love you, what business
is it of yours?" - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
"Love is something eternal;
the aspect may change, but not the essence." - Vincent Van
"Have something to say for yourself, else how can you have
any idea of what others have said? Do not cling to old superstitions;
be ever ready for new truths. "Fools are they who would
drink brackish water from a well that their forefathers dug and
would not drink pure water from a well that others have dug."
"Love is not blind -- it
sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing
to see less." - Rabbi J. Gordon
"Nothing that is can pause or stay;
The moon will wax, the moon will wane,
The mist and cloud will turn to rain,
The rain to mist and cloud again,
Tomorrow be today.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"The diabolical man is a part of my body as a wound or a
burn is. We have to nurse it and get it better; so continually
nurse and help the diabolical man, until he "heals"
and is once happy and healthy. While we think on the relative
plane, we have the right to believe that as bodies we can be
hurt by relative things and equally that we can be helped by
them. This idea of help, abstracted, is what we call God. The
sum total of all ideas of help is God. - Vivekananda
"Let the first impulse pass,
wait for the second." - Baltasar Gracian
"Do you want me to tell you something really subversive?
Love is everything it's
cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it.
It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything
for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk
even more." - Erica Jong
have a funky good time!" - James Brown
how long it took!" John Coltrane when quizzed by Miles Davis
about why he soloed for so long...
This wallpaper is killing me. One of us has got to go!"
-Oscar Wilde's last words
"The work of art, just like any fragment of human life considered
in its deepest meaning, seems to me devoid of value if it does
not offer the hardness, the rigidity, the regularity, the luster
on every interior and exterior facet, of the crystal." -
"Out of the ash
I rise with my red hair
And I eat men like air." - Sylvia Plath
"How curious. We are here to celebrate the celebrated caliber
of calibration, the metering of metrics, the optical illusions
of our cultural ophthalmologists. Sic transit gloria mundi, babycakes.
News at 11 -- feed my Frankenstein." - Rogers Cadenhead
"I have loved the stars too fondly to ever be fearful of
the night." - Sarah Williams
"Sing again, with your dear voice revealing
Of some world far from ours,
Where music and moonlight and feeling
Are one." - Percy Shelley
a mouse when it spins? The higher the fewer..." - Reverend
don't hold no shit with me!" - Nicholas P. Cutean
only two kinds of people in this world. People like me and ASSHOLES!"
- Connie Marvel in John Waters' "Pink Flamingoes"
is not a different kind of person; but every person is a different
kind of artist." - Eric Gill
"You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get
old." - George Burns
of our media-driven society, is that we have a lot of people
who are not only ignorant but who are ignorant and don't care;
who really believe their way to success is through sports and
rock 'n' roll."
- Dean Kamen
us the presence of the mystery without losing the mystery."
- Thomas Moore
I did try marijuana one time but I didn't inhale..." - Bubbabill
- Horse Badorties
"Is not piety the illegitimate son of guilt?" - Ed
"My education was dismal. I went to a series of schools
for mentally disturbed teachers." - Woody Allen
"In any society, the artist has a responsibility. His effectiveness
is certainly limited and a painter or writer cannot change the
world. But they can keep an essential margin of non-conformity
alive. Thanks to them the powerful can never affirm that everyone
agrees with their acts. That small difference is important."
- Luis Bunuel
to turn you on..." - John Lennon
you think it's safe to watch "Soul Train" again; we
elect Ronald Reagan president!"
- Don Cornelius
the way (uh-huh uh-huh) I like it." - Kool & the Gang
a Hell below, We all gonna go..." - Curtis Mayfield
people are the most dangerous people in the world." - Bill
well goes dry, you have to wait & let it refill itself."
- Roger Miller
"Self-denial is the
shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity." - Oscar
you go to a magic show, you don't want to see logic." -Wille
"Love brings light into the world." - Rumi
side is the healthy side. Feast without fear!" - Nicolay-Dancey
Inc., makers of NEW ERA potato chips, 1961
is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt."
- Rollo May
"It is extraordinary how the house and the simplest possessions
of the one who has been left become so quickly sordid. Even the
stain on the coffee cup seems not coffee, but the physical manifestation
of one's inner stain, the fatal blot that from the beginning
had marked one for ultimate aloneness." - Coleman Dowell
But that intimacy
of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is
feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to
be done away with." - George Eliot
a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible -- it
cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform
you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession
could. - Barbara De Angelis
":No one ever discovers
the depths of his own loneliness." - Georges Bernanos
" It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be
so lonely." - Albert Einstein
"On stage I make love
to twenty five thousand people; and then I go home alone."
- Janis Joplin
walk twenty miles to listen to my worst enemy if I could learn
something." - Leibnitz
Mr. Heifitz, I was overwhelmed by your concert. If you continue
to play with such beauty, you will certainly die young! No one
can play with such perfection without provoking the jealousy
of the gods! I earnestly implore you to play something badly
every night before going to bed!"
- George Bernard Shaw to Yasha Heifitz
go gentle into that good night; old age should burn and rave
at close of day; rage, rage against the dying of the light."
- Dylan Thomas
"With or without religion, you would have good people doing
good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people
to do evil things, that takes religion." - Steven Weinberg
into the Bardo of rebirth, man. The door is stuck, man. I am
trapped in my booth!"
- Horse Badorties, from William Kotzwinkle's "The Fan Man"
is nature's way of removing morons from the productive flow."
"In order to acquire a growing and lasting respect in society,
it is a good thing, if you possess great talent, to give, early
in your youth, a very hard kick to the right shin of the society
that you love. After that, be a snob." - Salvador Dali
about a large institution, especially when it has computers,
is like worrying about a large gorilla, especially when it's
on fire." - Bruce Sterling
"One with such beauty none will make.
When her garments off we take
You can see her heart in her fragile breast,
Like a hard rock in a clear lake." - Hafiz (Rubaiyat 26)
footprints. Kill only time. Take only knowledge." - Linzo
Albatroza (or someone like him)
nature and is therefore the grandchild of God." - Dante
comes back to you-it's just like sewing a bicycle." - Marvella
of a good clown is worth twenty asses laden with drugs."
- quote from ancient Alexandria found by Norman Cousins
pleasures are like soap bubbles; sparkling, effervescent. The
pleasures of the intellect are calm, beautiful, sublime; ever-enduring
and climbing upward to the borders of the unseen world."
- John H. Augley
silent and looking wise cannot be compared to drinking wine and
making a racket."
- Manyoshu, 8th century Japanese poet
Away-y-y-y!" -The Lone Ranger
grass grows green so bends the twig. And watch out for those
flying monkeys-those bastards'll pee on your parade every chance
they get." -Calvin Celeste, man of interesting
is a creative opportunity." BeBe Bobo
is for people who can't handle drugs..." - Rifno Boone
"That orbed maiden with white fire laden, Whom mortals call
the moon." - Percy Bysshe Shelley
"Love is both Creator's and Saviour's gospel to mankind;
a volume bound in rose-leaves,
clasped with violets,
and by the beaks of humming-birds printed with peach-juice
on the leaves of lilies." - Herman Melville
are a product of fragmentary understanding." - Abe Maslow
is a contradiction of terms..." - Elie Wiesel
"Artists are, above all, men who want to become inhuman."
- Guillaume Apollinaire
"Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absent-minded. Someone
sober will worry about events going badly. Let the lover be."
"Let the beauty we love be what we do." - Rumi
to curb depression by replacing it with obsession is akin to
cutting off your Gramma's nose to spite your Uncle's yen for
eating peach cobbler and lighting beerfarts." - Joey G.
mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind..." -Thomas
been demonstrated that some amphibians are able to use celestial
bodies for navigation"
- Encyclopaedia Brittanica
is a comedy to those who think; a tragedy to those who feel."
- Horace Walpole
is the victory of laughter over dogma." - Benjamin De-Casseres
"With renunciation life
begins." - Amelia E. Barr
like sausages only they got fur an' stuff". -Tolo Borko
"Always strive not to bleed on your work." - J. Guill
Zomenimor Orziz Assiz Zanzer R. Orziz..." -Terry Erwin
"We do have a saying in America: if you're in a hole, stop
digging ..... er, um, I'm not sure I should have said that."
- Donald Rumsfeld
"I believe what I said yesterday ... I don't know what I
said, er, but I know what I think, and ... well, I assume it's
what I said." - Donald Rumsfeld
bruunda lagaza prempo; insczekro legga-legga-oortah!" -
Tony Bazhi "Li'l Oscar" Oleomegazondala
us. AgaInst stupidity, even the gods contend in vain." -Schiller
boredom, even the gods contend in vain." -Nietzsche (in
response to Schiller)
let something as mundane as gravity keep you down." - Craig
"Plan in marble if you would work in stone." - Kenya
Rilly C. Atrophy
gaze in thine own heart,
The holy tree is growing there;
From joy the holy branches start,
And all the trembling flowers they bear.
The changing colours of its fruit
Have dowered the stars with metry light;
The surety of its hidden root
Has planted quiet in the night;
The shaking of its leafy head
Has given the waves their melody,
And made my lips and music wed,
Murmuring a wizard song for thee.
There the Joves a circle go,
The flaming circle of our days,
Gyring, spiring to and fro" - William Butler Yeats
"Artistic growth is, more than it is anything else, a refining
of the sense of truthfulness. The stupid believe that to be truthful
is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult
it is." - Willa Cather
"With an apple I will astonish Paris." - Paul Cezanne
"Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes
and misfortunes". - Voltaire
got to talk about accountability, someone's got to raise some
Hell, it might as well be me."
- Jimmy Buffett from the song, Cultural Infidel
well-spent is indeed long." - Leonardo daVinci
Ages ago, God and Satan went
for a walk. As they walked, Satan notice that God was holding
something bright and shiny in his hand. Satan asked God what
it was. God replied, "This? This is truth." Satan snatched
it from God's hand and said, "Give this to me, I'll organize
it for you."
- a parable from Duzi Krandolo
is not outside a man; it is within" -David Grayson
made this letter somewhat longer than usual because I lack the
time to make it short." - Blaise Pascal
silence of these infinite spaces terrifies me." - Pensees
economy is always beauty." - Henry James
spoken in due season; how good it is!" - Proverbs 15:23
done it again." - Lady Lazarus
one's dirty linen never makes for a masterpiece." - Francois
Too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice,
But, for those who love; Time is not!" -Henry Van Dyke
as much of an object as an obsession, everybody wants it, everybody
seeks it, but few ever achieve it, those who do will cherish
it, be lost in it, and among all, never... never forget it".
- Curtis Judalet
Weezagonnahaftagottadoot!!" - Ray "Pinche Gabacho"
"There are two kinds
of light--the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures."
- James Thurber
is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in oneâs
bath like a lump of sugar!" - Pablo Picasso
with a memory must have tremendous humility" - Eric Johnson
"I just want to live happily ever after every now and thenâ¦"
- Jimmy Buffett from the song Every Now & Then
"The answers are never elsewhere, the questions you sometimes
buy, the secrets are inside you in castles a mile high."
- Vince Mariani
deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear
is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not
our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am
I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually
who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't
serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God
that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other
people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our
own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
"Am I ignorant
or apathetic? I don't know and I don't care! Does that sum it
up for you? " - Linzo Albatroza
"Religion and art spring from the same root and are close
kin. Economics and art are strangers." - Willa Cather
me, why the hell did DID the Kamikaze pilots need to wear helmets
anyway?" - Sandra VanAndrakranda
an artist? I say we take a title. No one gives it to us. We make
our lives." - Louise Nevelson
leaves a lot to the imagination." - John Lennon
"Ambivavlence fosters new tangents. The rest we make up
as we go along." - Annunzio Optimo Diducce
is hopelessly inaccurate." - Douglas Adams
to think that everything was just being funny but now I don't
know. I mean, how can you tell?" - Andy Warhol
"I hope some animal never bores a hold in my head and lays
its eggs in my brain, because later you might think you're having
a good idea, but it's just eggs hatching." - Jack Handy
aren't much more than monkeys with car keys." - Leena Tolo
"Painting and copulation are not compatible - it weakens
the brain." -Vincent Van Gogh
"Only from the heart can you touch the sky." - Rumi
"May you have wonderful things thought of to do!" -
Signpost on Venus Isle
"Love possesses not nor will it be possessed, for love is
sufficient unto love."
- Kahlil Gibran
"The intellectual man requires a fine bait; the sots are
easily amused. But everybody is drugged with his own frenzy,
and the pageant marches at all hours, with music and banner and
badge." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Well, um, you know, some things are neither good nor bad
but thinking makes it so, I suppose, as Shakespeare said.'"
- Donald Rumsfeld
"woke up early - checked the weather - more el-crapo, im
goin back to bed." - Stickgirl
"Life would be tolerable but for its amusements." -
George Bernard Shaw
had to worry about one's actions in respect to other people's
ideas, one might as well be buried in an antheap or married to
an ambitious violinist. Whether that man is the prime Minister,
modifying his opinions to catch votes, or, a bourgeois in terror
lest some harmless act should be misunderstood and outrage some
petty convention, that man is an inferior man and I do not want
to have anything to do with him any more than I want to eat canned
salmon. - Aleister Crowley
"Yesterday is a canceled check: Forget it.
Tomorrow is a promissory note: Don't count on it.
Today is ready cash: Use it!." - Edwin C. Bliss
the things I am about to tell you are shameless lies." -
Preamble to the book of Bokonon
the protein that works in the brains of mad cows did nothing
other than cause an abrupt increase of lucidity? The behaviour
of the cows would be fully explained. That would also explain
why the authorities are so concerned about the risk of such a
syndrome in human brains"
- Alberto "Baby-Doc" Tondalini
peindre comme si aucun peintre n'avait peint avant moi."
("I would like to paint as if no painter had ever painted
- Paul Cezanne
look closely at the concept of soulfulness, you see that it is
tied to life in all its particulars - good food, satisfying conversation,
genuine friends, and experiences that stay in the memory and
touch the heart. Soul is revealed in attachment, love, and community,
as well as in retreat on behalf of inner communing and intimacy"
- Thomas Moore from Care Of The Soul
is best left to professionals." - Iggy Pop
"Though I've forgotten what I've set out to do, I'll stand
by my efforts regardless!" - Either Karl Pomar,
Milton Berle or maybe Soupy Sales
idea of rolling around in the river muck with a bunch of otters
strikes you as a potential good time, you ought to try being
an artist with something of your own to say in these dismal times.
It's more fun being pissed on by a rabid Rottweiler! - Krel Marmada
"Good taste is the enemy of creativity. " - Pablo Picasso
travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God." - Bokonon
hope that if they scream loudly enough about "values"
then others will mistake them for serious, sensitive souls who
have higher and nobler perceptions than ordinary people. Otherwise,
why would they be screaming? Moral bitterness is a basic technique
for endowing the idiot with dignity." - Marshall McLuhan
le Reel dans "Absolu et le Vecu dans lrremediable"
("Replace what is real in what is absolute and what is lived
in what is beyond repair)" - Mylene Catel
" You know
how it is whenya take the credit for something. Pretty soon it
turns to blame." - George Combs
"Subdue your appetites,
my dears, and you've conquered human nature." - Charles
the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - Hunter S. Thompson
"Once, during Prohibition,
I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water."
- W. C. Fields
man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his
mind as to subscribe his professional belief for to things he
does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commision of
every other crime." - Thomas Paine
seven principles for effective networking (or, living, for that
matter! -ed.) are, talk to anyone about anything, develop a high
tolerance for ambiguity, be willing to look stupid, give more
than you take, cultivate fearlessness, go on gut instinct, and,
expand your sense of humour." - Rageboy
analysis works wonders when all the assumptions are accurate
and the variables selected are the right ones. This happens approximately
once every million years. - Rageboy
of self-importance are usually harbingers of early senility."
play more, dream always." - Rageboy
"Just because I don't know what I,m talking about, it doesn't
mean I am going to shut up..." - Michelle Shocked
is to place our happiness in the happiness of another."
- Gottfried Wilhelm Von Leibniz
another and you will be happy. It's as simple and as difficult
as that." - Michael Leunig
"Go to the
truth beyond the mind. Love is the bridge." - Stephen Levine
"It's like, you know, stirring for troubled waters."
- Donald Rumsfeld
of love that fails is just as much a part of the divine life
as an act of love that
succeeds, for love is measured by fullness, not by reception."
- Harold Lokes
adopt whatever merit is in good repute, and almost make it hateful
with their praise." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it
ceases to be dangerous you don't want it." - Anthony Burgess
say I didn't say it. I said I didn't say I said it. I want that
to be perfectly clear. - George Romney
"Fear is the consolation prize for not being open to your
life as it is. " -Tenshin Reb Anderson
are an orphan of the universe, no less than the trees and ozone
layer and the buffalo. You are cattle. You are chattel. You are
in the way. Eschew the questionable counsel of decrepit hosers,
nor willingly follow their drooling downward stagger into the
depths of sadly premature senility.
hallucinations that everything's A-OK to shield yourself from
suddenly wising up. Neither be distressed you are imagining things:
the recurring fear that fatigue and loneliness are merely prologue.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, slip fully into voluntary mental
bondage. " -Rageboy
Go placidly amid
the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be
in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good
terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their
story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious
to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become
vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons
than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real
possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution
in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons
strive for high ideals and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial
as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully
surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit
to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself
with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline be gentle with yourself. You are
a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars
and you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear
to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore,
be at peace with God, whatever
you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labours and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. With
all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful
world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
as Found in Old Saint Paul's Church, Baltimore: Dated 1692. Also
credited to Max Ehrmann, written in 1927: Washington Post, November
is the most important for democracy is not that great fortunes
should not exist, but that great fortunes should not remain in
the same hands." - Alexis de Tocqueville
is prevented by repulsion from gaining a better knowledge of
the world he is attracted to, yet he is forced by attraction
to concern himself with the world that repels him." - Italo
"Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in
the public mind."
- General William Westmoreland
"Language is a form of human reason that has its own internal
logic of which man knows nothing."
- Claude LÃ©vi-Strauss
"To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain
renunciation in art." - Albert Camus
is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light." - Franz
"Oh, I have
slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered
wings..." - John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
"Always rise from the
table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one."
- William Penn
essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof,
shit detector." - Ernest Hemingway
too liberal; it doth belong to dogs alone to fuck the whole day
long." - Friedrich Nietzsche
bourgeois doesn't dislike shit, provided it is served up to him
at the right time."
- Jean Paul Sartre
here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is.."
- Dr. Mark Vonnegut
materializes worship hinders man's spiritual growth keeps him
from demonstrating his power over error." - Mary Baker Eddy
"In a mad world only the mad are sane." - Akira Kurosawa
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and
expecting different results. - Albert Einstein
"Sometimes the mind, for reasons we don't necessarily understand,
just decides to go to the store for a quart of milk".- Diane
"Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups,
parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
"There is always some madness in love. But there is also
always some reason in madness." - Friedrich Nietzsche
crazy 'bout a sharp dressed manâ¦ " -
d} r-3 = fuck you" - Newton Tourette
calls your name as I pass it." - Mr Bean
What is reality? Nothing
but a collective hunch." - Lily Tomlin
"Learn to feel yourself in other bodies, to know that we
are all one. Throw all other nonsense to the winds. Spit out
your actions, good or bad, and never think of them again. What
is done is done. Throw off superstition. Have no weakness even
in the face of death. Do not repent, do not brood over past deeds,
and do not remember your good deeds; be azad! (free)." -
"It's easier to get forgiveness after than permission before."
- Raul Tupenalo
"If it's a bloodbath, then let's get it over with. No more
appeasement." - Ronald Reagan,
April 7, 1970
"I love the smell of Nepal in the mourningâ¦"
- Col. Mao
who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced
with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion
is almost never given a fair hearing." - GEORGE ORWELL
is always too late or too early for anything you want to do."
- JEAN-PAUL SARTRE
"The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your
thoughts." - Elmo "Buddhabutt" Skoortch
"Reason is like an officer when the king appears. The officer
then loses his power and hides himself. Reason is the shadow
cast by God; God is the sun." - Rumi
I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped
anything but himself." - RICHARD BURTON
is easier than perfect moderation." - St. Augustine
CHINESE PROVERBS (the wisdom of the ancient East):
Man who run in front of car get tired.
Man who run behind car get exhausted.
Man with one chopstick go hungry.
Man who scratch butt not should bite fingernails.
Man who eat many prunes get good run for money.
War does not determine who is
right, war determine who is left.
Wife who put husband in doghouse
soon find him in cathouse.
Man who drive like hell, bound
to get there.
Man who stand on toilet is high
Man who live in glass house should
change clothes in basement.
Crowded elevator smell different
popular entertainment given to the military by innocent bystanders."
- AMBROSE BIERCE
that even the busiest people are never too busy to tell you just
how busy they are?"
- Roland "Jitters" Hasbofreen
me on this Earth to do a certain number of things. Right now
I am so far behind that I will never die." - Johnny Strumba
through excess of wisdom is made a fool." - RALPH
knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so
wonderful at all ."
"To love another you have to undertake some fragment of
their destiny." - Quentin Crisp
you, not for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you."
- Roy Croft
n. An ingenious compound of desirability and appearance." -
has been believed by everyone, always and everywhere, has every
chance of being false." - PAUL VALÃRY
are so well disguised to resemble truth, that we should be poor
judges of the truth not to believe them ." - Willliam Jefferson
core of all well-founded belief, lies belief that is unfounded
." - LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN
"Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity."
- W. B. Yeats
"The wit makes fun of
other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist
makes fun of himself." - James Thurber, in Edward R. Murrow
Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?"
- James Thurber
the human eye sees only a small part of the light spectrum and
the human ear can detect only a fraction of nature's sounds so
that which is comprehensible to the human mind is only a small
fraction of our reality." - Rollbeaza Formicah
of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the
senses and understanding ." - FRANCIS BACON
"God is the abstract compound of all that is merciful and
good and helpful; that should be the sole idea. As Atman, we
have no body; so to say, "I am God, and poison does not
hurt me", is an absurdity. While there is a body and we
see it, we have not realised God. Can the little whirlpool remain
after the river vanishes? Cry for help, and you will get it;
and at last you will find that the one crying for help has vanished,
and so has the Helper, and the play is over; only the Self remains."
suspicion is that the universe is not only stranger than we suppose,
but stranger than we can suppose." - JOHN HALDANE
know what has been transacted in former times is to be always
a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world
must remain always in the infancy of knowledge." - CICERO
modes of worship, which prevailed in the Roman world, were all
considered by the people as equally true; by the philosopher,
as equally false; and by the magistrate, as equally useful."
- EDWARD GIBBON in "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"
"The light whose name is splendour, and the number of ruling
That scatter rays of fire high above the deep" - a Tuatha
has replaced the cross as the focus of longing and fulfillment.
" - MALCOLM MUGGERIDGE
"The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the
worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that
point, he's in business." - John Berryman
" The pleasure
is momentary, the position rediculous, and the expense damnable."
- LORD CHESTERFIELD
is the carrot dangled to lead the ass to market; or to the precipice."
- ROBINSON JEFFERS
of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the
question of whether a submarine can swim." E. W. DIJKSTRA
interprets censorship as damage, and routes around it ."
- JOHN GILMORE
advances in the field of communication constitute a grave danger
to the privacy of the individual." - EARL WARREN
"As I sat there beneath a gnarled thorn, weary and warm
with my climb, I looked into the heart of a bluebell forest growing
under a circle of gleaming silver birches, and suddenly I heard
fairy music--at least it was not mortal--and many sounds were
mingled in it: the sighing of birches, the carol of a lark, the
leap and laugh of a silvery runnel tumbling down the hillside,
the soft whir of butterflies' wings, and a sweet little over
or under tone, from the over or under world, that I took to be
the opening of a million hyacinth buds in the sunshine. Then
I heard the delicious sound of a fairy laugh, and, looking under
a swaying branch of meadowsweet, I saw--yes, I really saw-"
- Kate Douglas Wiggin
"Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning
this great goddess?"
- Ludwig Van Beethoven
is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped
by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders."
- RONALD REAGAN
"O to dream, O to awake and wander
There, and with delight to take and render,
Through the trance of silence,
Lo! for there, among the flowers and grasses,
Only the mightier movement sounds and passes;
Only winds and rivers,Life and death." - Robert Louis Stevenson
a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend
on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that
almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription
for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner
or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going
to blow up in our faces." - CARL SAGAN
a man shoot pool for an hour. If he misses more than one shot
I know I can beat him."
- LUTHER LASSITER, pool hustler
"I was a
stricken deer that left the herd long since." WILLIAM COWPER
diverged in a wood, and I..... I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference." - ROBERT FROST The
Road Not Taken
"The best thing to do
with the best things in life is to give them up." - Dorothy
"The will and high permission of all-ruling heaven left
him at large to his own dark designs, That with reiterated crimes
he might heap on himself damnation." - John Milton
"What we are seeing is not the war in Iraq. What we're seeing
is slices of the war in Iraq."
- Donald Rumsfeld
"It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake
about them afterwards" - Baltasar Gracian
"There is nothing worse
than aggressive stupidity." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique and not
too much imagination."
- CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD
no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in
the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age
of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity."
"Whom the ignorant worship, Him I preach unto thee."This
one and only God is the "knownest" of the known. He
is the one thing we see everywhere. All know their own Self,
all know, "I am", even animals. All we know is the
projection of the Self. Teach this to the children, they can
grasp it. Every religion has worshipped the Self, even though
unconsciously, because there is nothing else."- Vivekenanda
"I had a dream, which was not all a dream." - George
Gordon Noel Byron
in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be
"Far clouds of feathery gold, Shaded with deepest purple,
gleam Like islands on a dark blue sea."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius."
- OSCAR WILDE
"When a true genius appears in this world, you may know
him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against
him." - JONATHAN SWIFT Thoughts on Various Subjects
the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't, it is easier
to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions."
"I do not
believe that any writer has ever exposed this bovaryisme, the
human will to see things as they are not, more clearly than Shakespeare
." T.S. ELLIOT
are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure
about the universe."
- Winston Churchill
"Nothing is as terrible to see as ignorance in action ."
"Stillness of morning
Surrounding peacefulness yet
Mindfulness disturbs -
Cy-Ku by Lucie Shores
"And nearer to the river's trembling edge
There grew broad flag-flowers, purple prank'd with white,
And starry river-buds among the sedge,
And floating water-lilies, broad and bright,
Which lit the oak that overhung the hedge
With moonlight beams of their own watery light;
And bulrushes, and reeds of such deep green
As soothed the dazzled eye with sober sheen." - George William
felicitie can fall to creature than to enjoy delight with libertie
." -EDMUND SPENSER
must have its organizations and controls, its vital breath is
individual liberty." CHARLES EVANS HUGHES Supreme Court
attacks early when the individual is helpless." B. F. SKINNER
a government which is to be administered by men over men the
great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government
to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to
control itself ." ALEXANDER HAMILTON in The Federalist Feb.8,
is more damaging to a state than that cunning men pass for wise
."- FRANCIS BACON
"It is dangerous
to be right when the government is wrong." - VOLTAIRE
conditions, anywhere, whatever you are doing, there is some ordinance
under which you can be booked." ROBERT D. SPRECHT
outside the law you must be honest ." BOB DYLAN
"He knows all about
art, but he doesn't know what he likes." - James Thurber
bows down to idols of wood and stone: the civilized man to idols
of flesh and blood."
- GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
of tumult and discord bad men have the most power; mental and
moral excellence require peace and quietness ." - TACITUS
conditions the militant man attacks himself." - FRIEDRICH
for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality ."
- ALBERT SCHWEITZER
be no society if living together depended upon understanding
each other."- ERIC HOFFER
"There is only one difference between a madman and me. The
madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad." - Salvador Dali
is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities."
"If I die,
I forgive you; if I live, we shall see...." Spanish Proverb
of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed
ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability
to function." F. Scott Fitzgerald, in The Crack-Up
" . . .the
basic delusion that men may be governed and yet be free."
and precarious crust of decency is all that separates any civilization,
however impressive, from the hell of anarchy or systematic tyranny
which lie in wait beneath the surface ." - ALDOUS HUXLEY
"Irony is the hygiene of the mind ." ELIZABETH BIBESCO
insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly
- AGNES REPPLIER
many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging
their prejudices ."
- WILLIAM JAMES
you think--or else others have to think for you and take power
from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize
and sterilize you ." F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
cannot think for themselves are emotionally unequipped to spend
time alone ."
- Wescbo Doppaeenalotz
"As a child with hands uplifted peering through the cloudless
Bent the Mighty Mother o'er me shining all with eyes and smiles:
"Come up hither, child, my darling": waving to the
Thrones, and starry kings around her, dark embattled planet nations."
- Dora Sigerson
"Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the
harmony of the collective society which is coming where everyone
is interdependent" . - JOHN DEWEY
". . . the
inability to view the validations of unpopular views, because
the focus of their casuistry has been reduced to mindless invalidation
." ELI KHAMAROV
and two are four . Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five.
Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once.
You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane."
- GEORGE ORWELL 1984
"Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth
or burn down your house, you can never tell."
- Joan Crawford
"Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when
he was merely stupid." - Heinrich Heine
"All philosophy lies
in two words, sustain and abstain." - Epictetus
"Love means the body, the
soul, the life, the entire being. We feel love as we feel the
warmth of our blood, we breathe love as we breathe air, we hold
it in ourselves as we hold our thoughts. Nothing more exists
for us." - Guy De Maupassant
"Damn it, Bones, you're a doctor. You know that pain and
guilt can't be taken away with a wave of a magic wand. They're
the things we carry with us, the things that make us who we are.
If we lose them, we lose ourselves. I don't want my pain taken
away! I need my pain!" - Captain Kirk, Star Trek V
Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence; not
conforming to standards of thought, speech, and action derived
by the conformants from study of themselves; at odds with the
majority; in short, unusual. It is noteworthy that persons are
pronounced mad by officials destitute of evidence that they themselves
are sane. - AMBROSE BIERCE
majority of human beings dislike and even dread all notions with
which they are not familiar. Hence it comes about that at their
first appearance innovators have always been derided as fools
and madmen." - ALDOUS HUXLEY
" The surest
way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher regard
those who think alike than those who think differently ."
"To be nobody
but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day,
to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting ."
E. E. CUMMINGS
step toward independence is a good humored stomach ." -
him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws
- GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
would rather die than think; in fact, most do." - BERTRAND
is to differ ." - CLARENCE DARROW
iconoclasm, but the only way to get at truth ." - OLIVER
is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the
artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him ."
- JOHN F. KENNEDY
and the uneducated have little use for freedom ."
- Garfield Goose, First King of the United States
"That fruit of Paradise which came into your hands
Why did you not use your hands to plant inside your heart?
When time comes for you to tell about your tale
Go to its springhead, from the heavenly fruit start." -
Hafiz, from Eyzaaleh ("Mathnavi) 31
"It is a
secret both in nature and state, that it is safer to change many
things than one."
- FRANCIS BACON
loves a burst of energy ." -Chelveston the Duck
exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice."
-- Will Durant
not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd ." - VOLTAIRE
is very necessary." - VOLTAIRE
come to learn a great deal if you study the Insignificant in
depth ." - ODYSSEUS ELYTIS
"I'm a self-made
man, but I think if I had it to do over again, I'd call in someone
else ." ROLAND YOUNG
it is to do nothing, and then rest afterwards ." - SPANISH
"He who hesitates is
sometimes saved." - James Thurber
" It is
not what you know that gets you into trouble. It's what you think
you know that isn't so! ."
- Rhomburg Rabbit
ideas. Average minds... discuss events. Small minds... discuss
- Solly Ensczekroe
never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never
forlornly unhappy as when we have lost our love object or its
love." - Sigmund Freud
n. An interior convulsion, producing a distortion of the features
and accompanied by inarticulate noises. It is infectious and,
though intermittent, incurable." -- Ambrose Bierce
pain...anyone who says differently is selling something"
- Westley in The Princess Bride
can be an orphan." -- Andre Gide
laughs in flowers." -- E.E. Cummings
Humor may be hazardous to your illness." -- Ellie Katz
spoken, Mr. Fogg; you explain English by Greek." - Benjamin
the petty things, just pet the sweaty things." Toby Frogpants
"You can fool too many
of the people too much of the time." - James Thurber
rise, Early to bed, Makes a man healthy but socially dead."
- Joshua Warner
dumb stuff seems so smart while you're doing it?" - Beaver
"Why do you have to
be a nonconformist like everybody else?" - James Thurber
"It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does
not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This
is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good
painting about nothing."
- Mark Rothko
explanations explanatory of things explained." -- Abraham
eating chocolate, but I'm no quitter." - Clutch Cargo
poor I can't even pay attention." - Bozo the Clown
never too old to do goofy stuff." -- Wally Cleaver and/or
take life too seriously. You will never get out alive."
- Elbert Hubbard
if you'll live forever, Live as if you'll die today." --
I'm alright!" -- Last words of H. G. Wells
knew that I'd look back at my tears and laugh, but I never thought
that I'd look back at my laughter and cry." - Rudy Kazootie
"Return from existence to nonexistence. You are seeking
the Lord and you belong to him. Nonexistence is a place of income;
flee it not. This existence of more and less is a place of expenditure."
we learn; in age we understand." -- Von Ebner-Eschenbach
test of courage is not to die but to live." -- Vittorio
"The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure"
- Mikhail Baryshnikov
stranger than fiction, but that may well be because we have made
fiction to suit ourselves."
- G. K. Chesterton
"It is either easy or
impossible." - Salvador Dali
"When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when
the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity". -George
Bernard Shaw -Maxims for Revolutionists(1903)
"Human beings were invented by water as a means of transporting
itself from one place to another."
- Tom Robbins
suffer from stress. I'm a carrier." - Lina 'Squiggles"
my right arm to be ambidextrous." Captain Hook
"Art is the most passionate
orgy within man's grasp." - Jean Dubuffet
"You can't write a chord ugly enough to say what you want
sometimes, so you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped
cream." - Frank Zappa
into their eyes and do you know what I saw? The smell of death.
- Cliff Clavin
no matter where you go, there you are." - Buckaroo Banzai
"When I am finishing a picture I hold some God-made object
up to it -- a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand
-- as a kind of final test. If the painting stands up beside
a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there's
a clash between the two, it is bad art." - Marc Chagall
It is much easier
to apologize than to ask permission. - Grace Murray Hopper, Admiral,
Why is "abbreviation"
such a long word? " - Salvio Innuzzace
not pass over man a space of time when his life is a blank?"
- The Koran -sura 76
that day to the disbelievers! Begone to that Hell which you deny!
- The Koran -sura 77
a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I
say ignore the bastard."
- John Steinbeck
that adulation is not displeasing is that, though untrue, it
shows one to be of consequence enough, in one way or other, to
induce people to lie." - Lord Byron
no life nowhere..." - Jimi Hendrix
Q: How many Zen
masters does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Two; one to change it and one not to change it.
fixed, yet known as moving in the secret cavity of the heart.
That is the great support. Herein abides all that moves and breathes
and winks." -- Mundaka Upanishad
of a dog, a book is manâs best friend. Inside
of a dog, itâs too dark to read." -Groucho
not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape
it." - Bertolt Brecht
"A pot put
on the back burner for too long may forget how to simmer"
- Ancient Chinese Proverb
I can handle in small doses, but as a lifestyle, I find it a
bit too confining." -Tony Prentiss
Peace can not occur all at once. All of us, every member of the
world community, has a moral responsibility to help avert immense
sufferingâ¦No one can afford to assume that
someone else will solve our problems. Every individual has a
responsibility to help guide our human family in the right direction.
Good wishes are not sufficient. We must assume responsibility.
Since periods of great change such as the present one, come so
rarely in human history, it is up to each one of us to use our
time well to help create a happier, more peaceful world."
- Dalai Lama
never know which leaf will be first to fallâ¦Does
the wind know?" - Soseri
"The impossible is often the untried." - Jim Goodwin
is the science of laws that govern exceptions. The so-called
âlaws" of science are not really laws
at all but merely exceptions that occur more frequently than
others. The Pataphysician rejects all scientific explanation
of any kind because everything can just as well be its opposite.
- Alfred Jarry
"Yabba Dabba Dooo!!" - Fred Flintstone
"I can swear
there ain't no heaven and I pray there ain't no hell." -
David Clayton Thomas
we live with such hurry and waste of life...When we are unhurried
and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have
any permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty
pleasures are but the shadow of the reality." - Henry
"Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see
visions." -Joel, II, 28
"Do we really
need more romance attached to the act of blowing people away?"
Whatever there is of God and goodness in the universe, it must
work itself out and express itself through us. We cannot stand
aside and let God do it. - Albert Einstein
"One of the great difficulties about being a member of a
minority race is that so many kindhearted, well-meaning bores
gather around to help." - Langston Hughes
"It is a
God-given right of youth to take a hopeful outlook upon the world."
buy friends, but you get a better class of enemy." -Spike
the brave deserves the fair." -Dryden
limiting one's involvement in other people's lives to a pleasantly
- Quentin Crisp
"You are quaffing drink from a hundred fountains: whenever
any of these hundred yields less, your pleasure is diminished.
But when the sublime fountain gushes from within you, no longer
need you steal from the other fountains." - Rumi
"To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent
persons and the affection of children, to earn the approbation
of honest critics; to appreciate beauty; to give of one's self,
to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played
and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know
even one life has breathed easier because you have lived--that
is to have succeeded." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches." - e e cummings
to explain it, just sell it." - Colonel Tom Parker
"Science without religion is lame, religion without science
is blind."- Albert Einstein
"Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right
to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm
of the profane." - Theodor W. Adorno
too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is
a substitute for religion, and so is our religion." - T.
must fight, pick only worthy adversaries." - C. W. Barron
man who has not wept is a savage, the old man who will not laugh
is a fool." - George Santayana
"Art is the only thing that can go on mattering, once it
has stopped hurting." - Elizabeth Bowen
old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time
to form." -Andre Maurois
soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes,
that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts." - Paramahansa
falls in love with himself will have no rivals." - Rollo
feels superior to other nations. That breeds patriotism - and
wars." - Dale Carnegie
"Discontent is want of self-reliance; it is infirmity of
will." - Emerson
"Personally, I experience the greatest degree of pleasure
in having contact with works of art. They furnish me with happy
feelings of an intensity such as I cannot derive from other realms."
- Albert Einstein
and reaction do we become strong or weak, according to the character
of our thoughts and mental states. Fear is the deadly nightshade
of the mind." - Edward Walker
"The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits,
can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do
not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly." - Henry
of a good thing is wonderful." - Mae West
enemies to peace inhabit us: avarice, ambition, envy, anger,
and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly
enjoy perpetual peace." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
is completely amoral in that he will rob, beg, borrow, or steal
from anybody and everybody to get the work done." - William
do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
"Great art can communicate before it is understood."
- T.S. Eliot
is a psychological disorder exhibited by those out of touch with
reality" - Oliver Pell
like brothers and do business like strangers" -Arabic proverb
not sold in a forest, nor fish in a lake" - Chinese proverb
"No one has been able to define or synthesize that precarious,
splendid, and perhaps untidy instant when the creative process
begins. This is what the uniqueness of the artist is all about.
The transcendent right of the artist is the right to create even
though he may not always know what he is doing." - Norman
be easier if you could pick who you loved" - Guglirlmo Franzinacini
comes with instructions, except human beings..." -Shembo
"Abundance, like want, ruins many." - Romanian Proverb
makes a man wise, not rich". Nicolai Sczenckroecescu
"After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same
box". - Rolbeaza Formicah
"Don't throw away the old bucket until you know whether
the new one holds water." - Stib Espanada
"Lomhlaba Unzima, Lohmhlaba. [This world is a harsh place,
this world.] - Zulu Proverb
"We are all the faces of God. He said he made us in his
image and likeness...and that says to me that God has a lot of
faces." - Tyree Guyton
"All of my life I have given you nothing and still you ask
for more." - Reembo Lagaga
soon forgotten. - Romanian Proverb
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition
from mediocre minds." - Albert Einstein
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity
has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe
when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the
marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely
to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose
a holy curiosity."
"What is found in this epic may be elsewhere;
What is not in this epic is nowhere else."
-The Mahabharata, condensed from Sanskrit and translated into
English by P. Lal.
"No matter what conditions you encounter in life, your right
is only to the works--not to the fruits thereof. You should not
be impelled to act for selfish reasons, nor should you be attached
- Bhagavad Gita 2.47
"Love is all you need." - Paul McCartney
"Love is a better teacher than duty". - Albert Einstein
"Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the
other." - Euripides
"Live a balanced life--learn some and think some and draw
and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some."
- Robert Fulghum
"It's fun to get together and have something good to eat
at least once a day. That's what human life is all about - enjoying
things." - Julia Child
"Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity
and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap
the vigour of the mind." - Leonardo da Vinci
"One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery
of oneself." - Leonardo da Vinci
"Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."
- Victor Borge
"The significant problems we face cannot be resolved at
the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."
- Albert Einstein
"the people who weep before my paintings are having the
same religious experience I had when I painted them." -
"T-T-T-T-T_That's All F-F-F-F-Folks!!" - Porky Pig
FREE BONUS TRACKS
- SOUR SAGE GEORGE CARLIN:
At a formal dinner party, the
person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom.
Death is caused by swallowing
small amounts of saliva over a long period of time.
Dusting is a good example of
the futility of trying to put things right. As soon as you dust,
the fact of your next dusting has already been established.
Electricity is really just organized
Frisbeetarianism is the belief
that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.
Have you ever noticed? Anybody
going slower than you is an idiot, andanyone going faster than
you is a moron.
I have as much authority as the
Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it.
I recently went to a new doctor
and noticed he was located in something called the Professional
Building. I felt better right away.
I think it would be interesting
if old people got anti-Alzheimer's disease where they slowly
began to recover other people's lost memories.
I think people should be allowed
to do anything they want. We haven't tried that for a while.
Maybe this time it'll work.
I would never want to be a member
of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood.
I'm always relieved when someone
is delivering a eulogy and I realize I'm listening to it.
I'm completely in favor of the
separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions
screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is
I'm not concerned about all hell
breaking loose, but that a PART of hell will break loose... it'll
be much harder to detect.
In comic strips, the person on
the right always speaks first.
May the forces of evil become
confused on the way to your house.
Some people see things that are
and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and
ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don't have time
for all that.
Standing ovations have become
far too commonplace. What we need are ovations where the audience
members all punch and kick one another.
The other night I ate at a real
nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going.
The status quo sucks.
The very existence of flame-throwers
proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves,
You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but
I'm just not close enough to get the job done.
There are nights when the wolves
are silent and only the moon howls.
There's no present. There's only
the immediate future and the recent past.
Weather forecast for tonight:
Well, if crime fighters fight
crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters
fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?
What does it mean to pre-board?
Do you get on before you get on?
When someone is impatient and
says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How
can that be? How can you not have all day?
When Thomas Edison worked late
into the night on the electric light, he had to do it by gas
lamp or candle. I'm sure it made the work seem that much more
Who decides when the applause
should die down? It seems like it's a group decision; everyone
begins to say to themselves at the same time, "Well, okay,
that's enough of that."
AND THUS CONCLUDES OUR TRIBUTE TO GEORGE CARLIN, OUR FAVE PHILOSOPHER