Archive for November, 2010

  • Your head is like a cup. It has limited capacity and if you want to learn something about the world you should keep your head empty in order to learn it. It’s very easy to spend your whole life swishing old tea around in your cup thinking it’s great stuff because you’ve never really tried anything new…
  • [Peyote] The experience is determined by the person’s mental stage, the structure of his or her personality, the physical setting, and cultural influences.
  • Man is not suited to scientific objective study. Objects of scientific study are supposed to hold still. They’re supposed to follow the laws of cause and effect in such a way that a given cause will always have a given effect, over and over again. Man doesn’t do this. Not even savages.
  • The fundamental nature of reality is outside language; that language splits things up into parts while the true nature of reality is undivided.
    • Thought is not a path to reality. It sets obstacles in that path because when you try to use thought to approach something that is prior to thought your thinking does not carry you toward that something. It carries you away from it. To define something is to subordinate it to a tangle of intellectual relationships. And when you do that you destroy real understanding.
    • Purity, identified, ceases to be purity. Objections to pollution are a form of pollution.
  • Positivism is a philosophy that emphasizes science as the only source of knowledge. It sharply distinguish fact and value, and is hostile to religion and traditional metaphysics.
  • The culture in which we live hands us a set of intellectual glasses to interpret experience with, and the concept of primacy of subjects and objects is built right into these glasses.

Common sense – non-weirdness – is just a bundle of prejudices acquired before the age of eighteen. – Albert Einstein

  • Value is the reality that brings the thoughts to mind.
  • Empiricists’ believe – experience is the starting point of all reality.
  • Within the Metaphysics of Quality, science is a set of static intellectual patterns describing this reality, but the patterns are not the reality they describe.
  • Once a thief is caught a whole string of crimes is often solved.
  • In any hierarchy of metaphysical classification the most important division is the first one, for this division dominates everything beneath it. If this first division is bad there is no way you can ever build a really good system of classification around it.

Mankind is driven forward by dim apprehensions of things too obscure for its existing language. – A.N. Whitehead

  • Good is conformity to an established pattern of fixed values and value objects.
    • Static morality is full of heroes and villains, loves and hatreds, carrots and sticks.
  • Although Dynamic Quality, the Quality of freedom, creates this world in which we live, these patterns of static quality, the quality of order, preserve our world. Neither static nor Dynamic Quality can survive without the other.
  • That was the mistake. He let himself get caught in the kind of “picking-and-choosing” situation that Zen avoids, and now he was stuck.

Evolution is recklessly opportunistic: it favors any variation that provides a competitive advantage over other members of an organism’s own population or over individuals of different species. For billions of years this process has automatically fueled what we call evolutionary progress. No program controlled or directed this progression. It was the result of spur of the moment decisions of natural selection. – Ernst Mayr

  • Science value static patterns.
    • A deviation from a normal static pattern is something to be explained and if possible controlled.
  • Dynamic Quality, the source of all things, the pre-intellectual cutting edge of reality, always appears as “spur of the moment.”
    • Natural selection is Dynamic Quality at work.
    • Life is a migration of static patterns toward Dynamic Quality.
  • A Dynamic advance is meaningless unless it can find some static pattern with which to protect itself from degeneration back to the conditions that existed before the advance was made.
    • Evolution can’t be a continuous forward movement. It must be a process of ratchet-like steps…
    • What’s good is freedom from domination by any static pattern, but that freedom doesn’t have to be obtained by the destruction of the patters themselves.
    • Need to obtain static and Dynamic Quality simultaneously.
    • If you don’t have the static patterns of scientific knowledge to build upon you’re back with the cave man. But if you don’t have the freedom to change those patterns you’re blocked from any further growth.

We are suspended in language. – Niels Bohr

  • Our intellectual (scientific) description of nature is always culturally derived.
    • Nature tells us only what our culture predisposes us to hear. The selection of which inorganic patterns to observe and which to ignore is made on the basis of social patterns of value, or when it is not, on the basis of biological patterns of value.
  • In general, given a choice of two courses to follow and all other things being equal, that choice which is more Dynamic, that is, at a higher level of evolution, is more moral.
    • E.g. It’s more moral for a doctor to kill a germ than to allow the germ to kill his patient.
    • Ideas are patterns value. They are at a higher level of evolution than social patterns of value. Just as it is more moral for a doctor to kill a germ than a patient, so it is more moral for an ideal to kill a society than it is for a society to kill an idea.
  • Morality is not a simple set of rules. It’s a very complex struggle of conflicting patterns of values. This conflict is the residue of evolution. As new pattern evolve they come into conflict with old ones. Each stage of evolution creates in its wake a wash of problems.
    • Morality is nothing more than a social convention.
  • It’s not the “nice” guys who bring about real social change. “Nice” guys look nice because they’re conforming. It’s the “bad” guys, who only look nice a hundred years late, that are the real Dynamic force in social evolution.
  • The intelligence of the mind can’t think of any reason to live, but it goes on anyway because the intelligence of the cells can’t think of any reason to die.
  • Biological man doesn’t invent cities or societies any more than pig and chickens invent the farmer that feeds them. The force of evolutionary creation isn’t contained by substance. Substance is just one kind of static pattern left behind by the creative force.
  • “Mankind” has never been interested in getting itself killed. But the superorganism, the Giant, who is a pattern of values superimposed on top of biological human bodies, doesn’t mind losing a few bodies to protect his greater interests.
  • You go to any socialist city and it’s always a dull place because there’s little Dynamic Quality…A freemarket is a Dynamic institution…The market is always changing and the direction of that change can never be predetermined.
  • When things are organized in a free-enterprise parallel, an increase in complexity becomes an increase in diversity more capable of responding to Dynamic Quality, and thus an increase of the probability of success.
  • Scientific truth is provisional.
    • Science always contains an eraser, a mechanism whereby new Dynamic insight could wipe out old static patterns without destroying science itself. Thus science, unlike orthodox theology, has been capable of continuous, evolutionary growth.
    • The pencil is mightier than the pen.
  • Central problem in the static-Dynamic conflict of evolution: how do you tell the saviors from the degenerates? Particularly when they look alike, talk alike and break all the rules alike? Freedoms that save the saviors also save the degenerates and allow them to tear the whole society apart. But restriction that stop the degenerates also stop the creative Dynamic forces of evolution.
  • They think that because they pay you money, which is a social form of gratification, they are entitled to do as they please with the intellectual truth of a book.
  • The one dominating question of the 20th century has been, “Are the social pattern of our world going to run our intellectual life, or is our intellectual life going ot run the social patterns?”
    • The new culture that has emerges is the first in history to believe that patterns of society must be subordinate to patterns of intellect.
  • Science, the intellectual pattern that has been appointed to take over society, has a defect in it – the subject-object science has no provision for morality.
    • Subject-object science is only concerned with facts. Morals have no objective reality…They are all in your head. They exist only in your imagination.
  • Cities function on punctuality and attention to material detail.
  • In the ‘60s it was thought that both society and intellect together were the cause of all the unhappiness and that the transcendence of both society and intellect would cure it.
  • Man is always the measure of all things, even in matters of space and dimension.
  • The scientific laws of the universe are invented by sanity. There’s no way by which sanity, using the instruments of its own creation, can measure that which is outside of itself and its creations. Insanity isn’t an “object” of observation. It’s an alternation of observation itself. There is no such thing as a “disease” of patterns of intellect. There’s only heresy. And that’s what insanity really is.
    • Insanity is an intellectual pattern. It may have biological causes but it has no physical or biological reality.
    • Insanity always exists in relation to others.
    • Insanity is culturally defined. It occurs in all cultures but each culture has different criteria for what constitutes it.
    • Sanity is not truth. Sanity is conformity to what is socially expected. Truth is sometimes in conformity, sometimes not.
    • A philosophy of insanity generated by a Metaphysics of Quality states that all these conflicting intellectual truth are just value patterns. One can vary from a particular common historical and geographical truth pattern without being crazy.

The fact of the matter is that the “real world” is to large extend unconsciously build up on the language habits of the group…Forms and significances which seem obvious to an outsider will be denied outright by those who carry out the patterns; outlines and implications that are perfectly clear to these may be absent to the eye of the onlooker. – Edward Sapir

Any language is more than an instrument of conveying ideas, more even than an instrument for working upon the feelings of others and for self-expression. Every language is also a means of categorizing experience. The events of the “real” world are never felt or reported as a machine would do it. There is a selection process and an interpretation in the very act of response. Some features of the external situation are highlighted, others are ignored or not fully discriminated.

Every people has its own characteristic class in which individuals pigeonhole their experiences. The language says, as it were, “notice this,” “always consider this separate from that,” “such and such thing always belong together.” Since persons are trained from infancy to respond in these ways they take such discriminations for granted as part of the inescapable part of life. – Clyde Kluckhohn

  • Your static value system filters out the undesirable opinions and preserves the desirable ones.
  • Seeing is not believing. Believe is seeing.
  • We build up whole cultural intellectual patterns based on past “facts” which are extremely selective. When a new fact comes in that does not fit the pattern we don’t throw out the pattern. We throw out the fact. A contradictory fact has to keep hammering and hammering and hammering, sometimes for centuries, before maybe one or two people see it.
  • Human is a complex ecology of patterns moving toward Dynamic Quality. Man is an evolutionary battle against the static patterns of his own life.
  • Pragmatism: The test of truth is its practicality or usefulness.

There must always be a discrepancy between concepts and reality, because the former are static and discontinuous while the latter is dynamic and flowing. – William James

  • The primal reality from which subjects and objects spring is value…Value, the pragmatic test of truth, is also the primary empirical experience. (Unites pragmatism and radical empiricism)

Our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness provided the madness is given us by divine gift. – Socrates

  • In all religions bishops tend to gild Dynamic Quality with all sorts of static interpretations because their cultures require it. But these interpretations become like golden vines that cling to a tree, shut out its sunlight and eventually strangle it.
  • Dharma is Quality itself, the principle of “rightness” which gives structure and purpose to the evolution of all life and to the evolving understanding of the universe which life has created.
  • The Zen monk’s daily life is nothing but one ritual after another, hour after hour, day after day, all his life. They don’t tell him to shatter those static patterns to discover the unwritten Dharma. They want him to get those patterns perfect! The explanation for this contradiction is the belief that you do not free yourself from static patterns by fighting them with other contrary static patterns. You free yourself from static patterns by putting them to sleep. That is, you master them with such proficiency that they become an unconscious part of your nature. You get so used to them you completely forget them and they are gone. There in the center of the most monotonous boredom of static ritualistic patterns the Dynamic freedom is found.
  • In cultures without books ritual seem to be a public library for teaching the young and preserving common values and information.

While sustaining biological and social patterns, kill all intellectual patterns. Kill them completely. And then follow Dynamic Quality. And morality will be served.

  • You could discover a lot about a culture by what it said about its idols. The idols would be an objectification of the culture’s innermost values, which were its reality.
  • It’s a shame that we have to live, but it’s a tragedy that we get to live only one life.
  • You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.
  • You can’t love anything more than something you miss.
  • Every moment before this one depends on this one. Everything in history of the world can be proven wrong in one moment.
  • What about guns with sensors in the handles that could detect if you were angry, and if you were, they wouldn’t fire, even if you were a police officer?
  • It’s better to lose than never to have had.

Quotes by Helen Keller

Posted: November 21, 2010 in Quotes

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail.

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations, if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith, so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life, — if, in short, I am an optimist, my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.

Once I knew the depth where no hope was, and darkness lay on the face of all things. Then love came and set my soul free…

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope.

A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.

  • A supernova occurs when a giant star, one much bigger than our own Sun, collapses and then spectacularly explodes, releasing in an instant the energy of a hundred billion suns, burning for a time more brightly than all the stars in its galaxy.
  • It’s one of those rare areas where the absence of evidence is evidence.
  • To a physicist, mass and weight are two quite different things.
    • Your mass stays the same wherever you go.
    • Your weight varies depending on how far you are from the center of some other massive object like a planet.
    • On Earth, for all practical purposes, mass and weight are the same.
  • A rusting object doesn’t lose weight.
  • Conservation of mass – if you burned this book now, its matter would be changed to ash and smoke, but the net amount of stuff in the universe would be the same.
  • Energy is liberated matter; matter is energy waiting to happen – They are two forms of the same thing.
  • In essence what relativity says is that space and time are not absolute, but relative both to the observer and to the thing being observed, and the faster one moves the more pronounced these effects become.
In some sense, gravity does not exist; what moves the planets and stars is the distortion of space and time. – Michio Kaku
  • Chemists tend to think in terms of molecules rather than elements in much the way writers tend to think in terms of words and not letters…
  • Atoms are very abundant…They are also fantastically durable…Every atom you possess has almost certainly passed through several stars and been part of millions of organisms on its way to becoming you.
    • So we are all reincarnations – though short-lived ones…Atoms themselves, however, go on practically for ever.
    • Atoms are small, numerous, practically indestructible.
    • Atoms are mostly empty space and that the solidity we experience all around us is an illusion.
  • The number of proton is what gives an atom its chemical identity.
Things on a small scale behave nothing like things on a large scale. – Richard Feynman
  • Lead is a neurotoxin. Get too much of it and you can irreparably damage the brain and central nervous system.
    • Because lead is for ever, Americans alive today each have about 625 times more lead in their blood than people did a century ago.
  • The upshot of all this is that we live in a universe whose age we can’t quite compute, surrounded by stars whose distances from us and each other we don’t altogether know, filled with matter we can’t identify, operating in conformance with physical laws whose properties we don’t truly understand.
The history of any one part of the Earth, like the life of a soldier, consists of long periods of boredom and short periods of terror. – British geologist Derek V. Ager
  • Rich volcanic plains are ideal for growing potatoes, as Idaho’s farmers long ago discovered.
  • The body remains at the same pressure as the surrounding water, and is not crushed at depth. It is the gases inside your body, particularly in the lungs, that cause the trouble in deep ocean.
  • Portions of the Earth on which we are prepared or able to live are modest indeed: 12% of the total land area, and only 4% of the whole surface if you include the seas.
  • It is easy to make any banal situation seem extraordinary if you treat it as fateful.
    • Richard Feynman’s illustration: You know, the most amazing thing happened to me tonight. I saw a car with the licence plate ARW357. Can you imagine? Of all the millions of licence plates in the state, what was the chance that I would see that particular one tonight? Amazing!
  • Sunlight energizes atoms. It increases the rate at which they jiggle and jounce, and in their enlivened state they crash into one another, releasing heat.
    • When you feel the sun warm on your back on a summer’s day, it’s really excited atoms you feel.
  • Wind is simply the air’s way of trying to keep things in balance.
    • Air always flows from areas of high pressure to areas of low pressure, and the greater the discrepancy in pressures, the faster the wind blows.
  • 97% of all the water on Earth is in the seas, the greater part of it in the Pacific, which is bigger than all the land masses put together.
    • Of the 3% of Earth’s water that is fresh, most exists as ice sheets.
      • 0.036% is found in lakes, rivers, and reservoirs.
    • Only about 0.035% of the Earth’s fresh water (0.001% of Earth’s water) is floating around above us at any moment.
  • As The Economist has put it: ” The key to long life, it seems, is not to do too much.”
  • The only time your continuing well-being is of consequence to a pathogen is when it kills you too well. If they eliminate you before they can move on, then they may well die out themselves.
    • Too much efficiency is not a good thing for any infectious organism.
  • Viruses prosper by hijacking the genetic material of a living cell, and using it to produce more virus.
  • For all the trouble they take to assemble and preserve themselves, species crumple and die remarkably routinely. And the more complex they get, the more quickly they appear to go extinct. Which is perhaps one reason why so much of life isn’t terribly ambitious.
The alternative to extinction is stagnation and stagnation is seldom a good thing in any realm. – Ian Tattersall
  • Extinction is always bad news for the victims, of course, but it appears to be a good thing for a dynamic planet. (We are speaking here of extinction as a natural, long-term process. Extinction brought about by human carelessness is another matter altogether.)
Humans are here today because our particular line never fractured – never once at any of the billion points that could have erased us from history. – Stephen Jay
  • Most living cells seldom last more than a month or so, but there are some notable exceptions.
    • Liver cells can survive for years, thought the components within them may be renewed every few days.
    • Brain cells last as long as you do.
  • When, as occasionally happens, a cell fails to expire in the prescribed manner, but rather begins to divide and proliferate wildly, we call the result cancer. Caner cells are really just confused cells…Cells make this mistake fairly regularly, but the body has elaborate mechanisms for dealing with it…Cancer is bad luck in every possible sense of the term.
  • The balance between accuracy and errors in replication is a fine one. Too many errors and the organism can’t function, but too few and it sacrifices adaptability.
Wherever you go in the world, whatever animal, plant, bug or blob you look at, if it is alive, it will use the same dictionary and know the same code. All life is one. – Matt Ridley
Anything that is true of E. coli must be true of elephants, except more so. – Jacques Monod
  • It cannot be said too often: all life is one. That is, and I suspect will forever prove to be, the most profound true statement there is.
    • Remarkably, we are quite closely related to fruit and vegetables. About half the chemical functions that take place in a banana are fundamentally the same as the chemical functions that take place in you.
One of the hardest idea for humans to accept is that we are not the culmination of anything. There is nothing inevitable about our being here. It is part of our vanity as humans that we tend to think of evolution as a process that, in effect, was programmed to produce us. – Ian Tattersall
  • If this book has a lesson, it is that we are awfully lucky to be here – and by “we” I mean every living thing. To attain any kind of life at all in this universe of ours appears to be quite an achievement.

Posted: November 21, 2010 in Quotes

“Man’s inhumanity to man” is not the last word. The truth lies deeper. It is economic slavery, the savage struggle for a crumb, that has converted mankind into wolves and sheep.

– Alexander Berkman

Posted: November 19, 2010 in Quotes

Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.

– Albert Schweitzer

Posted: November 18, 2010 in Quotes

A bunch of happy moments in my life just on buses and trains, just all the thoughts in my head, the motion, the “going somewhere,” the certain light at a certain time of day, the weather, the people watching…but, yeah, the going.

– Anya Vaverko, November 18, 2010

Quotes by Anaïs Nin

Posted: November 18, 2010 in Quotes

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

For me, the adventures of the mind, each inflection of thought, each movement, nuance, growth, discovery, is a source of exhilaration.

It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before, to test your limits, to break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.

I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.

Each friend represents a world in us, a world not possibly born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger than reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I cannot transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.

Love is the axis and breath of my life.

  • Through dreams, coincidence, and the workings of imagination, we begin to remember that there is a world beyond the obvious one, and that it is where we reawaken to who we are and what we are meant to become.

I don’t want to hear about the moon from a man who has not been there. – Mark Twain

  • Every setback offers an opportunity.
  • To live the fullest, juiciest lives, we need to invest our energy and attention in a form of active imagination that dares to revision everything.

The stronger the imagination, the less imaginary the results. – Rabindranath Tagore

Only a Dream

  • Dreams open vistas of possibilities that take us beyond our everyday self-limiting beliefs and behaviors.
    • When we go dreaming, we go beyond the curtain of consensus reality. We get out there. We operate outside the rules of a three-dimensional reality, in a spacious Now. We enter parallel and other worlds.
  • We may prefer not to think about these matters, but if they are in our dreams, it is because our wiser Self is telling us we need to think about them.
    • When our dreams reveal aspects of ourselves we tend to deny, they invite us to reclaim the energy we waste in denial and to integrate and work with all the aspects of our energy.

That which the dream shows is the shadow of such wisdom as exists in man, even if during his waking state he may know nothing about it…We do not know it because we are fooling away our time with outward and perishing things, and are asleep to the that which is real within ourselves. – Paracelsus

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. – John Steinbeck

  • Linear time, as measured by clocks and experienced in plodding sequences of one thing following another, always heading in the same direction, is an illusion of limited human awareness, at best, a convenience.
  • We lose soul when we make the choice to give up on our big dreams, when we refuse to make that creative leap of faith, or to trust ourselves to love.

Only Coincidence

  • In my personal lexicon, a coincidence is a meaningful convergence of inner and outer experiences. The sense of meaning comes from the observer.
  • Coincidence can inspire a sense of awe, a feeling we are in the presence of the numinous.
  • Inner and outer, subjective and objective, interweave and move together at quantum levels, on a human scale, and no doubt everywhere in the universe. We live in an energy field where everything resonates – to greater or lesser degree – with everything else. The world we inhabit mirrors our thought and feelings, and vice versa.
    • In the hidden order of reality (the deeper reality), there is no distinction between mind and matter.

The larger our consciousness is, and the more it develops, the more we get hold of certain aspects of the spirit of the unconscious, draw it into our own subjective sphere, and then call it our own psychic activity or our own spirit. – Marie-Louise von Franz

  • Thoughts are actions and produce effects.
  • When we understand that the world is a book of symbols, we may come to grasp that every moment is a learning opportunity, in absolutely any situation.

What does not kill me makes me stronger. The fire that melts the butter tempers the steel. – Nietzsche

  • The cardinal navigational law of serendipity: You can only get to the magic kingdom by getting lost. You get there when you think you are going somewhere else and fall off the maps.
  • The passions of soul work magic.
    • We must choose to take the primal, pulsing energy of our strongest passions and direct it toward a creative goal.
    • We must seize the moment when they are running strongest and give ourselves completely to acting in the power of that moment. The time is always now, but when the passions of the soul are at work the time is also go.
  • Time is devoured by the moment; space is absorbed by the point.
  • Part of the wisdom of the Book of Changes (I Ching 易经) is that it teaches us that there is constancy and stability only through change. At every moment, our place in the world is shifting. You can no more stop the changes than ask the waves to stop rolling in. The art is to learn to read the patterns of what wants to happen in a given moment.

Only Imagination

You can’t depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus. – Mark Twain

A man’s life is dyed in the color of his imagination. – Marcus Aurelius

  • We live by images…Image generates and constitute our experience of reality.

What we experience directly is a virtual-reality rendering, conveniently generated for us by our unconscious minds from sensory data plus complex inborn and acquired theories about how to interpret them…Every last scrap of our external experience is of virtual reality…Biological speaking, the virtual-reality rendering of their environment is the characteristic means by which human beings survive. – David Deutsch

There’s no reality except the one contained within us. That’s why so many people live an unreal life. They take images outside them for reality and never allow the world within them to assert itself. – Hermann Hesse

A normal adult never stops to think about problems of space and time. These are things which he has thought about as a child. But my intellectual development was retarded, as a result of which I began to wonder about space and time only when I grew up. – Albert Einstein

No child should be permitted to grow up without exercise for imagination. It enriches life for him. It makes things wonderful and beautiful. – Mark Twain

  • The practice of imagination, on an everyday basis, involves clearing unhelpful images that block or misdirect our energies, and choosing to focus on positive, mobilizing imagery that gives us courage and confidence.
  • Because we are so physically oriented in our society, many of us require physical aids and constructs to trigger the imagination and sustain our belief in its creation.

I will not just be a tourist in the world of images. – Anaïs Nin

  • We want to be travelers, not tourists who are pushed from one package deal and photo opportunity to the next, forever letting others tell us what to see and where to go.
    • We want to be more than characters in a prepared script. We wants to live our own story – not just the daily dramas, but the Big Story, the one that is forever hunting us, even when we have no sense of it whatsoever.
  • If you can see your destination, you are better than halfway there.
  • To switch from visual mode (staring at a blank wall) to auditory mode, Leonardo da Vinci advises listening with undivided focus to the sound of bells or the sound of running water. As you let your imagination stream with the sounds, words and music will come to you, and if you let it flow, you will soon be in creative flow yourself, bringing through fresh words and new ideas.
  • We build a happy future we can believe in, and that imagined future gives us traction to get beyond current difficulties.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

  • Energy flows where attention goes.

A man who stands in his own way will find the whole world stands in his way. – Henry David Thoreau

  • A person is not a failure because he or she fails at this or that. A person is a failure when he or she gives up.
    • Letting go is not giving up.

It is not enough to do our best; we must do what is necessary. – Winston Churchill

  • The journey to absolute knowledge is so serious it can only be approached in a spirit of play.
  • The games we play with the aim of winning are finite games…Infinite players don’t play to win; they play for the sake of playing.
  • We forget that we chose to be an engineer, a mother, a mail carrier, or even a golfer. We spend our days trying to meet our obligations, or lower our handicap, or fatten our bank accounts, because this is what we think we must do.
  • Playing the field is about coming into harmony with everything that is in the field in a given moment. It’s about giving our best without fear of consequences, for the love of the play.

Posted: November 17, 2010 in Quotes

What I really lack is to be clear in my mind what I am to do, not what I am to know, except in so far as a certain knowledge must precede every action. The thing is to understand myself, to see what God really wishes me to do: the thing is to find a truth which is true for me, to find the idea for which I can live and die. … I certainly do not deny that I still recognize an imperative of knowledge and that through it one can work upon men, but it must be taken up into my life, and that is what I now recognize as the most important thing.

Søren Kierkegaard, Letter to Peter Wilhelm Lund dated August 31, 1835