Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. Gertrude Stein
Life is an unanswered question, but let’s still believe in the dignity and importance of the question. Tennessee Williams
The Lord sure do move in mysterious ways. Alvin York
The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself. And that is the most complicated thing on earth. Edward Steichen
Everything is relative except relatives, and they are absolute. Alfred Stieglitz
Triumphant science and technology are only at the threshold of man’s command over sources of energy so stupendous that, if used for military purposes, they can wipe out our entire civilization. Cordell Hull
Putting a band-aid on a hemorrhaging wound is like standing on the bow of ship and pissing into the wind. Martin Daniel
We have always been taught that navigation is the result of civilization, but modern archeology has demonstrated very clearly that this is not so. Thor Heyerdahl
The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are. Goldie Hawn
Lay down your beliefs like the agents of separation that they are. Hope for nothing but what is, and see its fullness in every moment. A new time is before your species, a time of realization, fulfillment, and adventure. Accept this time. Move into it. Dance in the momentum of its inevitability. It is the breath of Life and the song of God that you have been cut off from for so long. The Starseed Transmissions
When they no longer trust themselves,
they begin to depend upon authority.
Tao Te Ching v72
There is no such thing as reality, only perception. Martin Daniel
It is no more difficult for you to laugh than for a bird to sing.
When the will to power is in charge,
the higher the ideals, the lower the results.
Tao Te Ching v58
Thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. G. K. Chesterton
Whoever can see through all fear will always be safe. Tao Te Ching v46
Perhaps in unmasking the vulnerability of our own self do we see the oneness of us all and begin to really be able to communicate.
Things that aren’t tended to depreciate, first slowly then quickly. This applies to both the physical and the spiritual.
‘O do you imagine,’ said fearer to farer,
‘That dusk will delay on your path to the pass,
Your diligent looking discover the lacking
Your footsteps feel from granite to grass?’
W. H. Auden
“The life of an individual is in many respects like a child’s dissected map. If I could live a hundred years, keeping my intelligence to the last, I feel as if I could put the pieces together until they made a properly connected whole. As it is, I like all others, find a certain number of connected fragments, and a larger number of disjointed pieces, which I might in time place in their natural connection. Many of these pieces seem fragmentary, but would in time show themselves as essential parts of the whole. What strikes me forcibly is the arbitrary and as it were accidental way in which the lines of junction appear to run irregularly among the fragments. With every decade I find some new pieces coming into place. Blanks which have been left in the former years find their complement among the undistributed fragments. If I could look back on the whole, as we look at the child’s map when it is put together, I feel that I should have my whole life intelligently laid out before me . . .”
Oliver Wendell Holmes