"Sometimes I feel like a king,

sometimes I moan in my own prison.

Swaying between these states I can’t be proud of myself.

This “I” is a figment of my imagination."

- Rumi

 

“If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad.” - Lord Byron

 

"It takes two to know one" - Gregory Bateson

 

"Anger is what fear and pain look like when they show themselves in public" - Krista Tippett

 

"It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are" - e.e. cummings

 

"I really got to tell them what they lack? No, don't tell them – the fruits of someone else's morals quickly go rotten: only truth found through one's own searching cures and gives succour, enriches, and enlightens." -  Narcyza Zmichowska

 

"We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here." - Richard Dawkins from Unweaving the Rainbow

 

"The question is, how big is your ‘we’?"

- Beatrice Bruteau

 

“We humanize what is going on in the world and in ourselves only by speaking of it,” - Hannah Arendt 

 

"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind." - Rudyard Kipling

 

"What kind of times are they when

A talk about trees is almost a crime

Because it implies silence about so many horrors?"

— Bertold Brecht

 

"In the same way that the individual will form, re-form and transform their environment to become an embodiment, a cognitive prosthesis, a record and a part of themselves, so the collective action will alter and form the human landscape –it has formed the human landscape –the collective space in which you and I are passing guests." — Vincent Deary

 

"Ambition means tying your well-being to what other people say or do. 

Self-indulgence means tying it to the things that happen to you. 

Sanity means tying it to your own actions." — Marcus Aurelius

 

"I read what I write so I can know what I think." — W. H. Auden

 

"Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world." —  Schopenhauer 

 

"Find out who you are, and do it on purpose." — Dolly Parton

 

"The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the gentlest handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly." — Henry David Thoreau

 

"The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn." — Gloria Steinem 

 

"I walked myself into my best thoughts." - Søren Kierkegaard

 

"Develop an interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music — the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls, and interesting people. Forget yourself." - Henry Miller

 

"I have thought for a long time now that if, some day, the increasing efficiency for the technique of destruction finally causes our species to disappear from the earth, it will not be cruelty that will be responsible for our extinction and still less, of course, the indignation that cruelty awakens and the reprisals and vengeance that it brings upon itself … but the docility, the lack of responsibility of the modern man, his base subservient acceptance of every common decree. The horrors that we have seen, the still greater horrors we shall presently see, are not signs that rebels, insubordinate, untamable men are increasing in number throughout the world, but rather that there is a constant increase in the number of obedient, docile men." - George Bernanos

 

"Why, then, ‘tis none to you, for there is nothing either good or

bad, but thinking makes it so." - William Shakespeare

 

"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud." - Coco Chanel

 

"To dare is to lose one's footing temporarily; to not dare is to lose one's life" – Søren Kierkegaard

 

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” - Anonymous 

 

”What is the source of our first suffering? It lies in the fact that we hesitated to speak. It was bought in the moment when we accumulated silent things within us," - Gaston Bachelard

 

"First you have to realise you are in a jail, before you can get out of it" - Ram Dass

 

“Talking about music is like dancing about architecture” - Thelonius Monk

 

”Verily the lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul, and then walks grinning in the funeral." - Kahlil Gibran

 

"There is a greater pleasure in picking up a small pearl in an ash-can than looking at a large one in a jeweller's window" - Lun Yutang

 

"Note the foundation on which true science has been built from the start, namely on unprejudiced perception, on looking to see, on refusal to rely on tradition or belief or unchecked theory or mere speculation, but instead on the humble and patient reading of metre rods, dials, timepieces, and so on. Medieval science did not get off the ground until people stopped settling questions about the universe by looking up the answers in the Bible or Aristotle or any other authority, and dared just to inspect and experiment with what was actually on show. The science of the object is no sounder than the perceptual base on which it rests. Now exactly the same is true of the science of the subject, of the First Person, of the prince or princess. Turning the direction of the scientific inquiry round 180 ° from the observed to the observer, does not reduce the necessity for relying on the evidence provided here and now by looking to see and discarding all belief and opinion imported from other times and places. Consciously to revert from being a frog to being the prince or princess is to be game-free, and this is to be a Seer; this is to see what one really is at centre in and for oneself, seeing what is actually on show here and not trying to see what one is told to see, or hopes to see, or happens to feel comfortable with." - Douglas Harding

 

"Man, most fundamentally, is not engaged in the discovery of what is there, nor in production, nor even in communication nor in invention. He is enabling being to emerge from non-being. The experience of being the actual medium for a continual process of creation takes one past all depression or persecution or vainglory: past, even, chaos or emptiness, into the very mystery of that continual flip of nonbeing into being, and can be the occasion of that great liberation when one makes the transition from being afraid of nothing, to the realization that there is nothing to fear." R.D. Laing

 

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” - W.B. Yeats

"The peoples of the earth are islands, shouting at each other over oceans of misunderstanding." - Clement Atlee

 

"The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies." - Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451 

 

"Remember that all things that happen

To you are raw materials

Endlessly fertile

Endlessly yielding of thoughts that could change

Your life and go on doing forever…

So fear not, my friend.

The darkness is gentler than you think."

- Ben Okri

 

"The task is not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees." - Erwin Schrodinger

 

"The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widely spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible." - Bertrand Russell

 

“We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness…” - Charlie Caplin in The Great Dictator

 

"Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men" - Primo Levi

 

"... where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards, Neither ascent nor decline. 

Except for the point, the still point, 

There would be no dance, 

And there is only the dance." - T.S. Elliot

 

"What is meant by 'Now'? Any answer is too late." - Joan Tollifson

 

"If you only realised what it takes, what a person has to go through to reach the point of disobedience" - Jean Genet

 

"Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent falcons from Arabia. They were Peregrine Falcons, the most beautiful birds he had ever seen. He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to be trained. 

 

Months passed and one day the head falconer informed the king that though one of the falcons was flying majestically, the other bird had not moved from its branch since the day it had arrived. 

 

The king summoned healers and sorcerers from all the land to tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly. He presented the task to a member of his court, but the next day the king saw through the palace window that the bird had still not moved from its perch. 

 

Having tried everything else, the king thought, “Maybe I need someone more familiar with the countryside to understand the nature of this problem,” so he told his court, “go and get a farmer.” 

 

In the morning, the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his court, “Bring me the doer of this miracle.” 

 

The court quickly located the farmer, who came and stood before the king. The king asked him, “How did you make the falcon fly?” With his head bowed, the farmer said to the king, “It was very easy, your highness.

 

I simply cut the branch where the bird was sitting.” - from Always Already Free by Enza Vita

 

“Your whole idea about yourself is borrowed, borrowed from those who have no idea of who they are themselves.” – Dzogchen Ponlop

 

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” —Jalal ad-Din Rumi

 

“Granted, granted I'm a babbler, a harmless, irksome babbler, as we all are. But what's to be done if the sole and express purpose of every intelligent man is babble-that is, a deliberate pouring from empty into void.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground

 

“Arrange whatever pieces come your way.” -Virginia Woolf

 

"The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking." - Albert Einstein

 

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." - Groucho Marx

 

"There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled ." - Ovid

 

"Beware the barrenness of a busy life" - Socrates

 

"Let life kick you off your pedestal time and time again, until you lose all interest in being on pedestals" - Jeff Foster

 

"How can I tell what I think until I see what I say" - E.M. Forster

 

"Discipline is the conquering of the impossible by the obstinate repetition of the possible" - Frédéric Gros in A Philosophy Of Walking 

 

 "There are some who treat corporate forms as yet another technology (in this case a technology of people-management), but despite the trappings of scientific foundations (usually in psychology) and engineering synthesis (we speak of organizational “design”), the corporate form is not a technology. It is the consequence of a social contract like the one that anchors nationhood. It is a codified bundle of quasi-religious beliefs externalized into an animate form that seeks to preserve itself like any other living creature." - Venkatesh Rao 

 

"The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice." - R. D. LAING

 

"Perfect love means to love the one through whom one became unhappy." - Søren Kierkegaard

 

“Nobody’s perfect. We’re all just one step up from the beasts and one step down from the angels.” - Jeanette Walls

 

"Thinking is generally thought of as doing nothing in a production-oriented culture, and doing nothing is hard to do. It’s best done by disguising it as doing something, and the something closest to doing nothing is walking. Walking itself is the intentional act closest to the unwilled rhythms of the body, to breathing and the beating of the heart. It strikes a delicate balance between working and idling, being and doing. It is a bodily labor that produces nothing but thoughts, experiences, arrivals.” - Rebecca Solnit

 

“Beyond the age of information is the age of choices” - Charles Eames

 

”Curiosity… is insubordination in its purest form." – Vladimir Nabokov

 

“Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair.” - Edmund Burke

 

"Curiosity is itself a form of power, and also a form of courage" - Brian Grazer

 

“All the way to heaven is heaven.” - St. Catherine of Siena

 

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that actuate you. Keep the channel open. — Martha Graham, letter to Agnes de Mille

 

"Look at the world with quiet eyes" - Howard Thurman

 

"All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits— ­practical, emotional, and intellectual,— ­systematically organized for our weal or woe, and bearing us irresistibly toward our destiny." -  William James

 

"In each of us, there’s a lot of softness, a lot of heart. Touching that soft spot has to be the starting place. This is what compassion is all about. When we stop blaming long enough to give ourselves an open space in which to feel our soft spot, it’s as if we’re reaching down to touch a large wound that lies right underneath the protective shell that blaming builds." - Pema Chödrön

 

"I always wanted to be somebody. 

I should have been more specific." - Lily Tomlin

 

“Immense harm is caused by the belief that work is virtuous” — Bertrand Russell

 

“Although I have a regular work schedule, I take time to go for long walks on the beach so that I can listen to what is going on inside my head. If my work isn’t going well, I lie down in the middle of a workday and gaze at the ceiling while I listen and visualize what goes on in my imagination.” - Albert Einstein 

 

"maybe if we write well enough

and live a little better

life will improve a bit

just out of shame."

 

from Christmas Poem To A Man In Jail by Charles Bukowski

 

"...so many great truths must be very gently introduced, with voices soft and the truths themselves understated." - Neale Donald Walsch

 

"I never tried to worry anybody into intelligence" - Robert Frost

 

 'A farmer is sitting on his porch in a chair, hanging out. 

A friend walks up to the porch to say hello, and hears an awful yelping, squealing sound coming from inside the house.

“What’s that terrifyin’sound?” asks the friend.

“It's my dog,” said the farmer. “He’s sittin’ on a nail”

“Why doesn’t he just sit up and get off it?”

The farmer deliberates on this and replies:

“Doesn’t hurt enough yet.”' - from The Art Of Asking by Amanda Palmer

A farmer is sitting on his porch in a chair, hanging out. 

A friend walks up to the porch to say hello, and hears an awful yelping, squealing sound coming from inside the house.

“What’s that terrifyin’sound?” asks the friend.

“It's my dog,” said the farmer. “He’s sittin’ on a nail”

“Why doesn’t he just sit up and get off it?”

The farmer deliberates on this and replies:

“Doesn’t hurt enough yet.”' - from The Art Of Asking by Amanda Palmer

 

“Perception is a mirror and not a fact” - Gerald G. Jampolsky

 

I can recall many long wilderness treks myself, where the difficulties and desperations of being in rough country have slowly, over the days, quietened the internal dialogue to a mute whisper. A river becomes a river, not a river barring my way. Entering the river, it becomes a cold river; the reluctance to experience bracing cold is revealed as the obstacle, and not the river itself. If we are stopped and experience a few hellish moments of desperation, then in retrospect we find ourselves remembering the vitality and aliveness of those times." - David Whyte

 

 

"Prestige is especially dangerous to the ambitious. If you want to make ambitious people waste their time on errands, the way to do it is to bait the hook with prestige. That’s the recipe for getting people to give talks, write forewords, serve on committees, be department heads, and so on. It might be a good rule simply to avoid any prestigious task. If it didn’t suck, they wouldn’t have had to make it prestigious." - Paul Graham 

 

“If you are perpetually angry, depressed, confused, and unloving, or your attention is elsewhere, it won’t matter how successful you become or who is in your life — you won’t enjoy any of it.” - Sam Harris

 

"Luck is the residue of opportunity and design" - Milton

 

 

Be regular and ordinary in your life like a bourgeois, so that you may be violent and original in your work" - Flaubert

 

"Words can be x-rays if you use them properly - they'll go through anything" - Aldous Huxley

 

“People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.” - St. Augustine

 

"Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life" - Simone Weil

 

"A writer has the duty to be good, not lousy; true not false; lively, not dull; accurate, not full of error. He should tend to lift people up, not lower them down. Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life." - E. B. White

 

"If you want great tranquility/ It's hard work and a long walk" - Charles Wright

 

I have thought for a long time now that if, some day, the increasing efficiency for the technique of destruction finally causes our species to disappear from the earth, it will not be cruelty that will be responsible for our extinction and still less, of course, the indignation that cruelty awakens and the reprisals and vengeance that it brings upon itself, but the docility, the lack of responsibility of the modern man, his base subservient acceptance of every common decree.

 

The horrors that we have seen, the still greater horrors we shall presently see, are not signs that rebels, insubordinate, untamable men are increasing in number throughout the world, but rather that there is a constant increase in the number of obedient, docile men.

--George Bernanos

 

"So long as you write it away regularly nothing can really hurt you" - Shirley Jackson

 

"Wonderis not precisely Knowing

And not precisely Knowing not 

A beautiful but bleak condition

He has not lived who has not felt" - Emily Dickinson

 

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." - Plato

 

“treasures / of joy, of friendship, of peace / hidden in the fields of the daily.” - Ted Loder

 

"Attentiveness is the natural prayer of the soul" - 

 

“Computers are useless - they only give you answers.” - Picasso

 

"Look sharply after your thoughts. They come unlooked for, like a new bird seen in your trees, and, if you turn to your usual task, disappear." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"Most people are asleep. They're born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, and they die in their sleep -all without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence." - Anthony De Mello 

 

"What you are looking for is what is looking." - St. Francis Of Assisi

 

"The privilege of absurdity, to which no living creature is subject but man only" - Thomas Hobbes

 

"What is this self inside us, this silent observer, Severe and speechless critic, who can terrorize us And urge us on to futile activity And in the end, judge us still more severely For the errors into which his own reproaches drove us?" - T. S. ELIOT, The Elder Statesman

 

"I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means.

What I want and what I fear." - Joan Didion

 

"Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little coarse, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"The root of [our] frustration is that we live for the future, and the future is an abstraction… The “primary consciousness,” the basic mind which knows reality rather than ideas about it, does not know the future. It lives completely in the present, and perceives nothing more than what is at this moment. The ingenious brain, however, looks at that part of present experience called memory, and by studying it is able to make predictions. These predictions are, relatively, so accurate and reliable (e.g., “everyone will die”) that the future assumes a high degree of reality — so high that the present loses its value.

 

But the future is still not here, and cannot become a part of experienced reality until it is present. Since what we know of the future is made up of purely abstract and logical elements — inferences, guesses, deductions — it cannot be eaten, felt, smelled, seen, heard, or otherwise enjoyed. To pursue it is to pursue a constantly retreating phantom, and the faster you chase it, the faster it runs ahead. This is why all the affairs of civilization are rushed, why hardly anyone enjoys what he has, and is forever seeking more and more. Happiness, then, will consist, not of solid and substantial realities, but of such abstract and superficial things as promises, hopes, and assurances." - Alan Watts

 

"The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away a small stone." 

– Confucius

 

"Try to be a filter, not a sponge" - Stephan Chbosky

 

"As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring prmczples, is sure to have trouble." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"Taken out of context, I must seem so strange" - Ani de Franco

 

"Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it." - Andre Gide

 

"The successful memoirist [blogger] respects facts, uses them accurately, rigorously represses the human impulse to lie or embellish, but knows that truth is both different from facts and greater than facts, and not always their sum." - Bill Roorbach

 

"I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well. Unfortunately, I am confined to this theme by the narrowness of my experience." - Henry David Thoreau

 

“The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not,” - Kurt Vonnegut 

 

"Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop.

Die knowing something. You are 

not here long."

☐   Walker Evans

 

"In writing, in sitting, in slow walking, a flash, a moment appears when we fall through and what we are fighting, running from, struggling with becomes open, luminous - or, even better, not a problem, just what it is.

 

Look for those small openings." - Natalie Goldberg

 

"And what is it to work with love?

It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart,

even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.

It is to build a house with affection,

even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.

It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy,

even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.

It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit" 

☐   K. Gibran

 

"The real reason why human life can be so utterly exasperating and frustrating is not because there are facts called death, pain, fear, or hunger. The madness of the thing is that when such facts are present, we circle, buzz, writhe, and whirl, trying to get the I out of the experience...

Sanity, wholeness and integration lie in the realisation that we are not divided, that man and his present experience are one, and that no separate I or mind can be found .... [Life] is a dance, and when you are dancing, you are not intent on getting somewhere. The meaning and purpose of dancing is the dance." - Alan Watts

 

"The desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are the same thing. To hold your breath is to lose your breath. A society based on the quest for security is nothing but a breath-retention contest, in which everyone is as taut as a drum and as purple as a beet. We discover [not only] that there is no safety, [and] that seeking it is painful, [but] that when we imagine we have found it, we don't like it." - Alan Watts 

 

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there."- Jalal ad-Din Rumi

 

"...for thousands of years human history has been a magnificently futile conflict, a wonderfully staged panorama of triumphs and tragedies based on the resolute taboo against admitting that black goes with white." - Alan Watts

 

"When an ordinary man attains knowledge, he is a sage; when a sage attains understanding, he is an ordinary man." -Zen saying

"If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it." -John Irving

 

"You nights of anguish. Why didn't I kneel more deeply to accept you, 

Inconsolable sisters, and, surrendering, lose myself

in your loosened hair. How we squander our hours of pain.

How we gaze beyond them into the bitter duration

To see if they have an end. Though they are really

Seasons of us, our winter..." - Rilke

 

“It is almost banal to say so yet it needs to be stressed continually: all is creation, all is change, all is flux, all is metamorphosis.” - Henry Miller

“‘Content’ has the stink of failure; of hustlers building businesses they don’t actually care about” - Tim Bray

 

"This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

 

A joy, a depression, a meanness, 

Some momentary awareness

comes as an unexpected visitor.

 

Welcome and entertain them all!...

 

The dark thought, the shame, the malice, 

meet them at the door laughing, 

and invite them in.

 

Be grateful for whoever comes, 

because each has been sent 

as a guide from beyond."

 

Rumi

 

“Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of witnesses.” - Margaret Millar

 

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” Mary Anne Radmacher

 

”Finished persons are very common - people who are closed up, quite satisfied that there is little more to learn” - Robert Henri

 

For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is "I didn't get enough sleep. The next one is "I don't have enough time. Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours and the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don't hove enough of.

 

Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we're already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something. And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds are racing with a litany of what we didn't get, or didn't get done, that day.

 

We go to sleep burdened by those thoughts and wake up to that reverie of lack. This internal condition of scarcity, this mindset of scarcity, lives at the very heart of our jealousies, our greed, our prejudice and our arguments with life." - Lynne Twist 

 

“A writer’s work is the product of laziness.” - Jorge Luis Borges

 

“Read at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labor; read as one goes in; read as one goest out. The task of the educated mind is simply put: read to lead.” - Cicero

 

"Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you" - Sartre.

 

"In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you" - Buddha

 

"The most important knowledge is that which guides the way you lead your life." - Seneca

 

"An expert is a man who has stopped thinking because ‘he knows.’” - Frank Lloyd Wright

 

"Discontent is the first necessity of progress." ~ Thomas Edison

 

"I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing

than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance" - e. e. cummings

 

"Be careful how you interpret the word; it is like that" - Erich Heller

 

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” - Theodore Roosevelt

 

"Remember when you see a man at the top of a mountain, he didn't fall there." - Anonymous

 

"Instead of this absurd division into sexes they ought to class people as static or dynamic" - Evelyn Waugh

 

"Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time." - Mark Twain

 

"the knowledge of the individual citizen is of less value than the “knowledge” of science. The former is the opinion of individuals. It is merely subjective and is excluded from policies. The latter is “objective” – defined by science and promulgated by expert spokesmen. This objective knowledge is viewed as a commodity which can be refined… and fed into a process, now called “decision-making.” This new mythology of governance by the manipulation of knowledge-stock inevitably erodes reliance on government by people.”- Ivan Illich.

 

"Most writers flourish greatly on a simple, healthy routine with occasional time off for gaiety."- Dorothea Brande (1934)

 

 “One can’t love humanity, one can only love people.” - Graham Green

 

“Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.” - Peter Drucker

 

One of the illusions [of life] is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly until he knows that every day is Doomsday - RALPH WALDO EMERSON  

 

 'Thought creates our world and then says "I didn't do it"' - David Bohm

 

 Most of what we inherit is so clearly correct it goes unseen. It fits the world seamlessly. It is the world. But despite its richness and variability, the well-defined world we inherit doesn't quite fit each one of us, individually. Most of us spend most of our time in other people's worldsworking at predetermined jobs, relaxing to pre-packaged entertainmentand no matter how benign this ready-made world may be, there will always be times when something is missing or doesn't quite ring true.

 

And so you make your place in the world by making part of itby contributing some new part to the set. And surely one of the more astonishing rewards of artmaking comes when people make time to visit the world you have created. Some, indeed, may even purchase a piece of your world to carry back and adopt as their own. Each new piece of your art enlarges our reality. The world is not yet done.

 

David Bayles and Ted Orland

Art & Fear

 

"Why should I get writers block? My father never got truck driver's block" - Roger Simon

 

"Writing is easy: all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead." - Gene Fowler

 

  "When in doubt, make a fool of yourself.

There is a microscopically thin line

between being brilliantly creative and

acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. 

So what the hell, leap."

 

     ~ Cynthia Heimel

 

"The day is coming, when a single carrot freshly observed, will set off a revolution" Paul Cézanne

 

"Every time we choose safety, we reinforce fear." ~ Cheri Huber

 

“There is an ugliness in being paid for work one does not like.” - Anaïs Nin

 

I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.—Agatha Christie

 

"Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes" - Henry David Thoreau.

 

“Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. What people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity.” 

— Aaron Swartz

 

 "What you do may seem insignificant, but it's very important that you do it." - Gandhi

 

"Be regular and orderly in your life ..., so that you may be violent and original in your work." -Gustave Flaubert

 

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." - Helen Keller

 

“Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important...they do not mean to do harm...they are absorbed in their endless struggle to think well of themselves." ~ T.S. Eliot

 

"The misery that oppresses you lies not in your profession but in yourself! What man in the world would not find his situation intolerable if he chooses a craft, an art, indeed any form of life, without experiencing an inner calling? Whoever is born with a talent, or to a talent, must surely find in that the most pleasing of occupations! Everything on this earth has its difficult sides! Only some inner drive - pleasure, love - can help us overcome obstacles, prepare a path, and lift as out of the narrow circle in which others tread out their anguished, miserable existences!" - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

 

"You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water - Rabindranath Tagore"

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” – Meister Eckhart

 

"What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure" - Samuel Johnson

 

For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time to still be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. -  Alfred D'Souza

 

Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein. - H. Jackson Brown

 

“But how then can you really care if anybody gets it, or gets what it means, or if it improves them? Improves them for what? For death? Why hurry them along?” – Frank O'Hara in Personism: A Manifesto

 

Nothing important comes with instructions. – James Richardson in Vectors 3.0

 

'This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.' - RALPH WALDO EMERSON

 

Without goals the very concept of intelligence is meaningless - Steven Pinker

 

Men of lofty genius, when they are doing the least work are the most active - Leonardo da Vinci

 

Celebrate any progress.Don't wait to get perfect. - Ann McGhee Cooper

 

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have - Emile Chartier

 

"Thinking is the very essence of, and the most difficult thing to do in business and in life. Empire builders spend hour-after-hour on mental work…while others party. If you’re not consciously aware of putting forth the effort to exert self-guided integrated thinking…then you’re giving in to laziness and no longer control your life." - David Kekich

 

“Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.” - Francis Bacon, Sr.

 

A gentleman never insults anyone unintentionally - Oscar Wilde 

 

 "… I believe in courtesy, the ritual by which we avoid hurting other people's feelings by satisfying our egos" - Kenneth Clark's Civilisation

 

It is not for me to change you. The question is, how can I be of service to you without diminishing your degrees of freedom? - R. Buckminster Fuller

 

As long as our civilization is essentially one of property, of fences, of exclusiveness, it will be mocked by delusions. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

What is the use of planning to be able to eat next week unless I can really enjoy the meals when they come ? If I am so busy planning how to eat next week that I cannot fully enjoy what I am eating now, I will be in the same predicament when next week's meals become now. If my happiness at this moment consists largely in reviewing happy memories and expectations, I am but dimly aware of this present. I shall still be dimly aware of the present when the good things that I have been expecting come to pass. For I shall have formed a habit of looking behind and ahead, making it difficult for me to attend to the here and now. If, then, my awareness of the past and future makes me less aware of the present, I must begin to wonder whether I am actually living in the real world. - The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts.

 

Everything that is wonderful about life doesn’t cost a penny, and the rest is way cheaper than you think it is. - Benny Lewis

 

If you want the rainbow you have to put up with the rain - Dolly Parton

 

The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. Although the two are identical twins, man, as a rule, views the prenatal abyss with more calm than the one he is heading for (at some forty-five hundred heartbeats an hour). Vladimir Nabokov

You are today where the thoughts of yesterday have brought you and you will be tomorrow where the thoughts of today take you. - Blaise Pascal

 

Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do that. Because what the world needs is people that come alive - Howard Thurman

 

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. - Leonardo DaVinci

 

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. - E.F. Schumacher

 

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions, all life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world" - Anne Frank

 

The cave you most fear to enter contains the greatest treasure — Joseph Campbell

 

Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, 'Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary' - Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Procrastination is the soul rebelling against entrapment- Nassim Nicholas Taleb

 

Work is more fun than fun - Noel Coward

 

It's easy to recognize a genius: mediocre people will form a coalition against him/her - J.Swift

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein

Man is the lowest-cost, 150-pound, nonlinear, all-purpose computer system which can be mass-produced by unskilled labor. - NASA

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. - Peter Drucker

You tend to get told that the world is the way it is, but life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact; and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people no smarter than you … Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again. - Steve Jobs

All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience. - Henry Miller

Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way you cope with it is what makes the difference. - Virginia Satir

Lose time and it's gone forever - Peter Bregman in 18 Minutes

We are continually faced with great opportunities which are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems. - Margaret Mead

How forcible are right words! - Job 6:25

Imagination is everything - it is the preview of life's coming attractions - Albert Einstein

The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen our word processor - Stephen King

he who should inspire and lead his race must be defended from travelling with the souls of other men, from living, breathing, reading, and writing in the daily, time-worn yoke of their opinions. - Emerson

We say we waste time, but that is impossible.   We waste ourselves.  - Alice Bloch

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. - Thomas Mann

Time is a created thing. To say, 'I don't have time'   is to say, 'I don't want to.'  - Lao Tzu

Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness Once youmake this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation. - Andre Gide

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it doesn't go away - Philip K Dick

Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable - Dwight D Eisenhower

The best evidence of a mind is when you change it - Roger Scruton

Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.—André Gide

There is at bottom only one problem in the world and this is its name: HOW DOES ONE BREAK THROUGH? How does one get into the open? How does one burst the cocoon and become a butterfly? - Thomas Mann

Words are of course the most powerful drugs used by mankind - Rudyard Kipling

A ship is safe when it is docked in the harbor. But that's not what ships are for.   Most good thinking has its origin in fear. Most good thinking has its origin in fear. - Alain De Botton

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. - Joseph Campbell

The will to be oneself is heroism - Jose Ortega y Gasset

The capitalist system of coordination by trade seems to be largely populated by indigestible lumps of socialism called corporations - Kevin Carson

To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying 'Amen' to what the world tells you to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Here is Edward Bear, coming down the stairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it. - A. A. Milne

In a knowledge economy there no such thing as conscripts, there are only volunteers. The trouble is we have trained our managers to manage conscripts. - Peter Drucker

Easier to build a tool for the community than a community for the tool - Twitter

We don't stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing George Bernard Shaw

How can I tell what I think till I see what I say - E.M. Forster

going in the wrong direction but making really good time - Cheri Huber

A dishonest yes is a no to yourself. - Byron Katie

Don't be careful, you might hurt yourself. - Byron Katie

Don't just do something, stand there.

Those who do not move do not notice their chains. Rosa Luxemburg

Only the disciplined are free. - James C. Penney

.... most people come to know only one corner of their room, one spot near the window, one narrow strip on which they keep walking back and forth. - Rainer Maria Rilke

What shapes our lives are the questions we ask, refuse to ask, or never think to ask - Sam Keen

The greatest hindrance to living is expectancy, which depends upon tomorrow and wastes today - Seneca

A sage steers by the bright light of confusion and doubt. - Chuang Tzu

We don't stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing - George Bernard Shaw

Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be - William Hazlitt

The constant, unproductive preoccupation with all the things we have to do in the future, is the single largest consumer of time and energy. - Kerry Gleeson

it's much easier to tame a wild idea than invigorate one that has no life in the first place. - Alex Osborn

The silly question is the first intimation of some totally new development. - Alfred North Whitehead

Whether one is Catholic, or a Muslim, or Hindu, or a Communist, the propaganda of a hundred, two hundred, or five thousand years is part of [the] verbal structure of images which goes to make up our consciousness. We are conditioned by what we eat, by the economic pressures, by the culture and society in which we live. We are that culture, we are that society. Merely to revolt against it is to revolt against ourselves. If you rebel against yourself, not knowing what you are, your rebellion is utterly wasted. But to be aware, without condemnation, of what you are—such awareness brings about action which is entirely different from the action of a reformer or a revolutionary — J. Krishnamurti

All truly destructive people wake in the morning feeling they are right- Simon Parke

So don't try to change the world. Start instead to observe yourself. It will be a better use of your time. Those who are asleep can change things but will improve nothing. The world is not the problem. As we shall discover later, the word is quite perfect. It is the reformers who are the problem, the activists who want to make external things better. They are not at home with themselves - but insist on trying to lead others home. This is why things stay the same. Solutions imposed from outside are not solutions. The bring change - but not transformation. For you cannot promote transformation beyond the degree of internal transformation in yourself. - Simon Parke

Going to start drinking cuz it's too dark to read. - Gordon Rae

See, even if you're stuck in life, if you can describe just exactly the way you're stuck, then you will immediately recognise that you can't go on that way anymore. So, just saying precisely, writing precisely how you're stuck, or how you're alienated, opens up a door of freedom for you.- David Whyte

It is just a thing. Whether it is good or bad depends what you do with it. If you don't like what you are doing with it then it is simply a reflection of what you are as an individual, an organisation or a society and that is what you have to fix. - Vint Cerf

Globally distributed, near instant, person to person conversations. - Cluetrain

Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes - John LeCarré'

Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.' - Rumi

The question for writing then is this: how long are you willing to be unheard? - Peter Elbow

You can't wait for inspiration; you have to go after it with a club - Jack London

Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die - Carrie Fisher

A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It is only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthinkand hesitate. - Stephen Pressfield

Taylorism, like much of management theory to come, is at its core a collection of quasi-religious dicta on the virtue of being good at what you do, ensconced in a protective bubble of parables (otherwise known as case studies). - Matthew Stuart

Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work. - Gustave Flaubert3

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about. - Charles Kingsley

Nothing is so fatiguing than the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task - William James

It's amazing that curiosity survives formal education. - Albert Einstein

Modern man thinks he loses something - time - when he does not do things quickly, yet he does not know what to do with thetime he gains except to kill it. - Erich Frommone

If atheism is a religion then not collecting stamps is a hobby...

When You Are Right, No Need To Be Angry; When You Are Wrong, You Have No Right To Be Angry Mahatma Gandhi

Why should my happiness depend on the thoughts going on in someone else's head? - Ralph Waldo Emerson

There's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in - L. Cohen ?

A book is like a garden in the pocket - Indian Proverb

Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance- Bruce Barton

Destructive criticism is the biggest single enemy of human potential. It is worse than cancer or heart disease. While those diseases can ultimately lead to the deterioration and death of an individual, destructive criticism kills the soul of the person but leaves the body walking around. - Brian Tracy

Tell me, what is it that you plan to do with your one wild a precious life? - Mary Oliver

It is a sin to judge any man by his post - St Augustine

Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness 

to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. 

That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily... - Dr. Thomas Szasz

You can't change anything by fighting or resisting it. You change something by making it obsolete through superior methods. - Buckminster Fuller

Problems should drive us into action and not into depression - Paulo Coehlo

Death twitches my ear. Live, he says, I am coming. - Virgil

What day is it,? asked Pooh. It's today, squeaked Piglet. My favorite day, said Pooh.

Out of time we cut days and nights, summers and winters. We say what each part of the sensible continuum is, and all these abstract whats are concepts.

The intellectual life of man consists almost wholly in his substitution of conceptual order for the perceptual order in which his experience originally comes. - William James

Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakes - Carl Jung

I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book. - Groucho Marx

In a few hundred years, when the history of our time will be written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event historians will see is not technology, not the Internet, not e-commerce.

It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time - literally - substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves.

And society is totally unprepared for it. - Peter Drucker

Most people don't need to be taught, they need only to be reminded - C.S. Lewis

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult. - Seneca

Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head. - William Shakespeare, As You Like It

It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before …to break through barriers. And the day came when the risk [it took] to remain tight in the bud was more painful that the risk it took to bloom. - Anaïs Nin

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. -Anne Frank

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering. - Winnie the Pooh

To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete. -Epictetus

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. -Douglas Adams

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. - Paul Valery

We wrongly but persistently expect to make different decisions tomorrow than we do today - Kelly McGonigal in Maximum Willpower

When we talk about settling the world’s problems, we’re barking up the wrong tree.The world is perfect.It’s a mess.  It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it.

Our job is to straighten out our own lives. - Joseph Campbell

Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it; men come to be builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp.  In the same way, by doing just acts we come to be just:  By doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled; and by doing brave acts, we become brave. - Aristotle

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned so as to make room for the lifethat's waiting for us. - Joseph Campbell

Only the mediocre are always at their best - Colin Powell

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason so few engage in it. - Henry Ford

Thinking for yourself is still a radical act - Nancy Kline

It is not revolutions and upheavals that clear the road to better days, but revelations, and lavishness of someone’s soul inspired, and ablaze. — Boris Pasternak

The ability to start out upon your own impulse is fundamental to the gift of keeping going upon your own terms. . . . Getting started, keeping going, getting started again— in art and in life, it seems to me this is the essential rhythm. —Seamus Heaney, poet

The greater the artist, the greater the doubt.

Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented

as a consolation prize. — Robert Hughes, art critic

Werner Erhard once bluntly put it to me, staring right into my eyes, 'There isn't ANYTHING that is EVER going to come along that is going to make you happy. NOTHING. Getting that is the entrée into the system in which the truth lies, for the truth is always and only found now, in the circumstances you've got.' That was quite sobering news for a truth-seeker.- Eliezer Sobel

It's not that smart people are weird. It's that people who are not weird don't end up smart. - @afoolswisdom

The worst illiterate is the political illiterate. He hears nothing, sees nothing, takes no part in political life. He doesn't seem to know that the cost of living, the price of beans, of flour, of rent, of medicines, all depend on political decisions. He even prides himself on his political ignorance, sticks out his chest and says he hates politics. He doesn't know, the imbecile, that from his political non- participation comes the prostitute, the abandoned child, the robber and, worst of all, corrupt officials, the lackeys of exploitative multinational corporations. — Bertolt Brecht

You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.  - Eleanor Roosevelt

A sense of entitlement guarantees that eventually you will see yourself as a victim - Ezra Bayda

INTERVIEWER: If your house were on fire, which object would you take with you? JEAN COCTEAU: The fire!

Out of clutter, find simplicity.- Albert Einstein

May you live every day of your life - Jonathan Swift

Most people would rather die than think: many do - Bertrand Russell    

As a man's real power grows and his knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower: until at last he chooses nothing, but does only and wholly what he must do. -  From The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula le Guin.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage - Anaïs Nin

Do not tell me what to do, tell me what you do. Do not tell me what is good for me, tell me what is good for you. If, at the same time, you reveal the you in me, if you become a mirror to my inner self, then you have made a reader and a friend. - George Sheehan

That is what writing is - telling what you think. Telling other people certainly, but primarily telling yourself. And that is why we must write - to find out what we think, to discover what we believe.

Because until we write it down, we don't know what is actually at the root of our lives. - George Sheehan

The level and depth of change that we seek to bring about in the world is directly related to the scale of change we are willing to undergo ourselves. - Charlotte Millari

Resolve to behave as though your every act were to become a universal law for all people. - Immanuel Kant

anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment. - Robert Benchley

Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein. - H. Jackson Brown

 

“But how then can you really care if anybody gets it, or gets what it means, or if it improves them? Improves them for what? For death? Why hurry them along?” – Frank O'Hara in Personism: A Manifesto

In case you haven't seen it ..

Nothing important comes with instructions. – James Richardson in Vectors 3.0

 

'This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.' - RALPH WALDO EMERSON

 

Without goals the very concept of intelligence is meaningless - Steven Pinker

 

Men of lofty genius, when they are doing the least work are the most active - Leonardo da Vinci

 

Celebrate any progress.Don't wait to get perfect. - Ann McGhee Cooper

 

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have - Emile Chartier

 

"Thinking is the very essence of, and the most difficult thing to do in business and in life. Empire builders spend hour-after-hour on mental work…while others party. If you’re not consciously aware of putting forth the effort to exert self-guided integrated thinking…then you’re giving in to laziness and no longer control your life." - David Kekich

 

“Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.” - Francis Bacon, Sr.

 

"Shutting down civilisation is actually hard" - Kevin Kelly