"Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war." ~ Robert Marley
i know a lot of people don't like religion. neither did i.
this man Don Miguel Ruiz has some very valuable lessons, and a brilliant philosophy which has helped me through many dark periods. it is more than a way of thinking, it is an easy to remember formula that has literally saved my life on several occasions.
he teaches a very simple, memorable, four step method. there are no "rules" i "must" obey. there are only agreements i can voluntarily choose to accept on my own terms. commitments that i can try to live up to. if I give it my best effort, i might just achieve some validation, and experience improvement in the quality of life.
here is the summary. -------------------------------- the four agreements - don miguel ruiz's code for life
I agree to be impeccable with my word - Speak with integrity. Say only what i mean. Avoid using the word to speak against myself or to gossip about others. Use the power of my word in the direction of truth and love.
I agree to never take anything personally - Nothing others do is because of me. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When i am immune to the opinions and actions of others, i wont be the victim of needless suffering.
I agree never to make assumptions - Find the courage to ask questions and to express what i really want. Communicate with others as clearly as i can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, i can completely transform my life.
I agree to always do my best - My best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when i am healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do my best, and i will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret. ----------------------------------------------
the beauty is, these are not commandments. they are commitments. it is all about freedom of choice. i know that i automatically rebel against any rule or restriction, because of power/control issues, but it was easy for me to "agree" with these obviously good ideas.
all of his books are just expansion of these four concepts. you will find more about him here...
his writings have changed my life. in fact, he is the source of my signature motto below. "a warrior must learn the art of healing"
( i believe it is an improvement on my previous motto which i received from nietzsche... "what does not destroy me, makes me stronger." this phrase had been my battle cry since my early twenties. it taught me endurance, survival, tenacity, optimism... but not healing. )
i was always aware that a warrior needs to know how to fight.
i focused on improving my offensive and defensive skills. constantly collecting new and better weapons for my arsenal. i sought and envisioned only victory. who wants to be a "loser"? i was a "winner", not a "wiener", not a "whiner".
it had never occured to me that healing is just as important as fighting. if you do not heal, you cannot fight again.
a warrior who cannot recover from his wounds is like a disposable razor. useful, but not for long. once it becomes dull and blunted, it no longer functions as it should.
you do not need to win every battle to win the war.
this man's books taught me that there is still dignity in defeat.
Carlos Castaneda was an anthropologist seeking to do field work on the use of medicinal plants when he met don Juan Matus. Castanedas guide became his guru, who introduced him into a new way of thought and being, based on the knowledge of the seers of his lineage. Dr. Castaneda wrote twelve books on his apprenticeship. Carlos Castaneda Interview
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
"Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemys resistance without fighting."
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.
In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.
One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.
One mark of a great warrior is that he fights on his own terms or fights not at all.
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
the original way of the warrior's guide. a life strategy, mental discipline from over 2500 years ago.
Go Rin No Sho : The Book of Five Rings One of Japan's great samurai sword masters penned in decisive, unfaltering terms this certain path to victory, and like Sun Tzu's The Art of War it is applicable not only on the battlefield but also in all forms of competition. Always observant, creating confusion, striking at vulnerabilities--these are some of the basic principles. Going deeper, we find the interval of vulnerability, of indecisiveness, of rest, the briefest but most vital moment to strike. In succinct detail, Miyamoto records ideal postures, blows, and psychological tactics to put the enemy off guard and open the way for attack. Most important of all is Miyamoto's concept of rhythm, how all things are in harmony, and that by working with the rhythm of a situation we can turn it to our advantage with little effort.
Miyamoto Musashi, also known as Shinmen Takezoo, Miyamoto Bennosuke, or by his Buddhist name Niten Dooraku, was a Japanese swordsman famed for his duels and distinctive style. Musashi, as he is often simply known, became legendary through his outstanding swordsmanship in numerous duels, even from a very young age. He is the founder of the Hyoohoo Niten Ichi-ryuu or Niten-ryuu style of swordsmanship and the author of The Book of Five Rings (Go Rin No Sho), a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today.
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The Tao Te Ching
Daodejing, or Dao De Jing (dΰo "way"; dι "virtue"; jing "classic" or "text"), also simply referred to as the Laozi, is a Chinese classic text. According to tradition, it was written around 6th century BC by the sage Laozi (or Lao Tzu, "Old Master"), a record-keeper at the Zhou dynasty court, by whose name the text is known in China. The text's true authorship and date of composition or compilation are still debated, although the oldest excavated text dates back to the late 4th century BC.
The text is fundamental to both philosophical and religious Taoism and strongly influenced other schools, such as Legalism, Confucianism and Chinese Buddhism, which when first introduced into China was largely interpreted through the use of Daoist words and concepts. Many Chinese artists, including poets, painters, calligraphers, and even gardeners have used the Daodejing as a source of inspiration. Its influence has also spread widely outside East Asia, and is amongst the most translated works in world literature.
The WadeGiles romanization "Tao Te Ching" dates back to early English transliterations in the late 19th century; its influence can be seen in words and phrases that have become well-established in English. "Daodejing" is the pinyin romanization.
The 5 Love Languages The secret is learning the right love language! . #1: Words of Affirmation Actions dont always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, I love you, are importanthearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward. Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten.
#2: Quality Time For those whose love language is spoken with Quality Time, nothing says, I love you, like full, undivided attention. Being there for this type of person is critical, but really being therewith the TV off, fork and knife down, and all chores and tasks on standbymakes your significant other feel truly special and loved. Distractions, postponed dates, or the failure to listen can be especially hurtful.
#3: Receiving Gifts Dont mistake this love language for materialism; the receiver of gifts thrives on the love, thoughtfulness, and effort behind the gift. If you speak this language, the perfect gift or gesture shows that you are known, you are cared for, and you are prized above whatever was sacrificed to bring the gift to you. A missed birthday, anniversary, or a hasty, thoughtless gift would be disastrousso would the absence of everyday gestures.
#4: Acts of Service Can vacuuming the floors really be an expression of love? Absolutely! Anything you do to ease the burden of responsibilities weighing on an Acts of Service person will speak volumes. The words he or she most want to hear: Let me do that for you. Laziness, broken commitments, and making more work for them tell speakers of this language their feelings dont matter.
#5: Physical Touch This language isnt all about the bedroom. A person whose primary language is Physical Touch is, not surprisingly, very touchy. Hugs, pats on the back, holding hands, and thoughtful touches on the arm, shoulder, or facethey can all be ways to show excitement, concern, care, and love. Physical presence and accessibility are crucial, while neglect or abuse can be unforgivable and destructive.
All of a sudden I understood it: All love is sudden. ~ JonArno Lawson
Just remember love is life and hate is living death. Treat your life for what it's worth and live for every breath. ~ Terence Butler
You didn't come into this world; you came out of it. Like a wave from the ocean. ~ Alan Watts
Our skirmish seems to be come to a period, and compared with the great things now on foot, is but a storm in a cream bowl. ~ James FitzThomas Butler
Men had become keenly conscious of the strictly individual character of salvation. Society was regarded by them as a shipwreck from which each single individual man had to swim for his life. ~ Thomas Merton
The fate of this man or that man was less than a drop, although it was a sparkling one, in the great blue motion of the sunlit sea. ~ Terence Hanbury White
A tear into the sea; nor did all the Pacific contain such wealth as that one wee drop. ~ Herman Melville
We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of the infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage. ~ Howard Phillips Lovecraft
The sea is dangerous and its storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to remain ashore. ~ Ferdinand Magellan
If you want to build a ship, dont herd people together to collect wood and dont assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupιry
The unknown is an ocean, of which conscience is the compass. Thought, meditation, prayer, are the great mysterious pointings of the needle. It is a spiritual magnetism that thus connects the human soul with the Deity. ~ Albert Pike
Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The invention of the ship was also the invention of the shipwreck. ~ Paul Virilio
The man who has experienced shipwreck shudders even at a calm sea. ~ Publius Ovidius Naso
Only stormy seas make skillful sailors. ~ Roger Eyer
It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane, stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck. ~ Charles Caleb Colton
Sometimes it's just a short swim from the shipwreck of your life to the island paradise of your dreams - assuming you don't drown in the metaphor. ~ Robert Brault
If I walked on water, my critics would say I can΄t swim. ~ Stockwell Day
Footprints, that perhaps another, Traveling o'er life's solemn main, A forlorn and shipwrecked brother, Seeing, shall take heart again. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Shipwrecked in a brainstorm: Interactive collaboration in academic environment. ~ Vineet Pandey
Playing it safe is now the most dangerous game on the planet. ~ Frank Ogden
Security is a false god; begin making sacrifices to it and you are lost. ~ Paul Bowles
There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity. ~ General Douglas MacArthur
Memories and possibilities are even more hideous than realities. ~ Howard Phillips Lovecraft
In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few. ~ Shunryu Suzuki
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities. ~ Aristotle
Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities - always see them, for they're always there. ~ Norman Vincent Peale
Ideas are our only truly renewable resource. ~ Joel Hodgson
If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied. ~ Alfred Nobel
Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right. ~ Henry Ford
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice. ~ Neil Ellwood Peart
What one has decided upon becomes, in the end, fate. ~ Harold Courlander
Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. ~ Carl Jung
Face fate with faith. ~ Kristy Michelle Worthen
Man is condemned to be free. ~ Jean~Paul Sartre
When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other. ~ Eric Hoffer
If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it's another nonconformist who doesn't conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity. ~ Bill Vaughan
Individuals or organizations can, to a large extent, be relied upon to impose the kind of censorship which was once enforced by the state. ~ Richard Webster
The creation of consent is not a new art. It is a very old one which was supposed to have died out with the appearance of democracy. But it has not died out. It has, in fact, improved enormously in technic. ~ Walter Lippmann
Automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. ~ Bill Gates
The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them. ~ Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger de Saint-Exupιry
I chased down the error and fixed it. Now I had improved the program to the point where it would not run at all. ~ George Greenstein
We are in here not to correct the deformation but to accustom ourselves to it: one of our problems was our inability to recognize and accept our own deformities. ~ Murakami Haruki
I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work. ~ Thomas Edison
Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war. ~ Nesta Robert Marley
Only the dead have seen the end of war. ~ George Santayana
Until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all, the dreams of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained. ~ Haile Selassie Ras Tafari
There is no way to peace - peace is the way. ~ Abraham Johannes Muste
The concept of the State implies the concept of war, for the essence of the State is power. ~ Heinrich von Treitschke
War is a judgment that overtakes societies when they have been living upon ideas that conflict too violently with the laws governing the universe. ~ Dorothy Leigh Sayers
War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today. ~ John F. Kennedy
War is unthinkable in a society of autonomous people who have discovered the connectedness of all humanity, who are unafraid of alien ideas and alien cultures, who know that all revolutions begin within and that you cannot impose your brand of enlightenment on anyone else. ~ Marylin Ferguson
The first casualty when war comes is truth. ~ Hiram Johnson
The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. ~ John Steinbeck
To fight for the right Without question or pause To be willing to march into Hell For a heavenly cause ~ Joe Darion
War does not determine who is right, only who is left. ~ Bertrand Russell
To be nobly wrong is more manly than to be meanly right. ~ Thomas Paine
Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne. ~ J.R. Lowell
Great revolutions are the work rather of principles than of bayonets, and are achieved first in the moral and afterwards in the material sphere. ~ Giuseppe Mazzini
You can build a throne out of bayonets, but you can't sit on it for very long. ~ Boris Yeltsin
It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions. ~ Thomas Huxley
Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws. ~ Samuel Clemens
Such is the infelicity and imhappy disposition of the human mind in the course of invention that it first distrusts and then despises itself: first will not believe that any such thing can be found out; and when it is found out, cannot understand how the world should have missed it so long. ~ Francis Bacon
Truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. ~ Max Planck
Every generation gets a chance to change the world Pity the nation that won't listen to your boys and girls. ~ Paul David Hewson
Every choice is a chance to change and every change is a chance to choose. ~ Ray Davis
It is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place. ~ Washington Irving
The most rigid structures, the most impervious to change, will collapse first. ~ Eckhart Tolle
If the heart becomes hardened, the eye becomes dry. ~ Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawzziya
Weep not that the world changes - did it keep a stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed to weep. ~ William Cullen Bryant
Change is the process by which the future invades our lives. ~ Alvin Toffler
A revolution is a struggle to death between the future and the past. ~ Fidel Castro
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. ~ George Orwell
Only the solitary seek the truth, and they break with all those who don't love it sufficiently. ~ Boris Pasternak
The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it. ~ Abbie Hoffman
Revolutions can come from thrones as well as from conspirators' cellars. ~ King Faisal ibn Abdul Aziz al Saud
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. ~ Ralph Nader
Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. ~ General George Patton
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli
As for worrying about what other people might think - forget it. They aren't concerned about you. They're too busy worrying about what you and other people think of them. ~ Michael le Boeuf
Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought. ~ Albert Szent~Gyorgi
Genius rapidly traverses the living present to bury itself in the deepest mysteries of the universe; often making the grandest discoveries at a single glance. ~ Giuseppe Mazzini
Genius sees the answer before the question. ~ Julius Robert Oppenheimer
A good composer does not imitate; he steals. ~ Igor Stravinsky
Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it. ~ Laurence J. Peter
If you steal ideas from one source, that's plagiarism, but if you steal ideas from more than one source, that's research. ~ Laurendo Almeida
Self-plagiarism is style. ~ Alfred Hitchcock
Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats. ~ Howard Aiken
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. ~ Arthur C. Clarke
Oh, to be alive in such an age, when miracles are everywhere, and every inch of common air throbs a tremendous prophecy, of greater marvels yet to be. ~ Walt Whitman
Major advances in civilization are processes that all but wreck the societies in which they occur. ~ Alfred North Whitehead
It is more moral for an idea to kill a society than it is for a society to kill an idea. ~ Robert Pirsig
Bureaucracy unhappily is the rule of nobody and for this very reason perhaps the least human and most cruel form of rulership. ~ Hannah Arendt
Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status. ~ Laurence J. Peter
The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next. ~ Cyril Connolly
There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world; and that is an idea whose time has come. ~ Victor Hugo
Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas? ~ Ioseb Besarionis Dze Jugashvili
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices, but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence and fulfills the duty to express the results of his thought in clear form. ~ Albert Einstein
Theres a discipline of the heart that marks the free spirit. All of us long to play the song within our souls, and I imagine we would if it didn't require the endless hours of studying the notes. ~ Erwin McManus
There is no OFF position for the genius switch. ~ David Letterman
When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~ Jonathan Swift
I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit. For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. ~ Solomon Jedidiah
I'll never have the fortune Which only genius brings But I have a lot of talent For enjoying little things. ~ Sara Boyd Pickett
Rule Number 1 is... don't sweat the small stuff. Rule Number 2 is... it's all small stuff. ~ Robert Eliot
Vor Allem der Krieg. Der Krieg war immer die grosse Klugheit aller zu innerlich, zu tief gewordnen Geister; selbst in der Verwundung liegt noch Heilkraft. Aus der Kriegsschule des Lebens. - Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stδrker.
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Above all the war. The war has always been the great wisdom of all spirits who have become too inward, too profound; within the wound itself lies healing power. From life's school of war; What does not kill me makes me stronger.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Whatever doesn't kill you simply makes you stranger. ~ Jonathan Nolan
A warrior needs to know healing. ~ Richard Wagamese
Quod me nutrit me destruit.
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What nourishes me, also destroys me.
~ Christopher Marlowe
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. ~ Sheng Ts'an
If happy I can be I will, if suffer I must I can. ~ William Faulkner
The secret of joy is the mastery of pain. ~ Anais Nin
For a second you see, and seeing the secret, you are the secret. For a second there is meaning! ~ Eugene O'Neill
God is a concept by which we measure our pain. ~ John Winston Lennon
In light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth, a life full of the most atrocious tortures on earth, will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient hotel. ~ Mother Teresa
Pain is information we need. It signals that something important is going on and we need to pay attention and take action. ~ Ralph Schillace
God is a verb, not a noun. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
Spirits increase, vigour grows through a wound. ~ Aulus Furius Antias
When you suffer, you get tougher. ~ Dana Guglielmo
The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it. ~ Helen Keller
I lack strength and will, through hunger, grief, frost and chill. ~ Johann Ernst Elias Bessler
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. ~ Albert Camus
Broken and sick, again I live. By death's taste, I know life's worth. ~ Zahir~ad~Din (Babur the Tiger)
Don't be attracted to easy paths, because the paths that make your feet bleed are the only way to get ahead in life. ~ Saddam Hussein
Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues. ~ Anatole France
Skill and confidence are an unconquered army. ~ George Herbert
It is the spectators, the people who are outside, looking at the tragedy, from whose ranks the skeptics come; it is not those who are actually in the arena and who know suffering from the inside. Indeed, the fact is that it is the world's greatest sufferers who have produced the most shining examples of unconquerable faith. ~ James Stewart
Iron is full of impurities that weaken it; through the forging fire, it becomes steel and is transformed into a razor-sharp sword. ~ Morihei Ueshiba
The strongest steel is forged by the fires of hell. ~ Sherrilyn Kenyon
A stricken man frequently does not feel the full effects of his wound and, blinded with rage, may simply throw himself on his opponent with renewed fury. ~ Richard Cohen
Liquid fire, hot and flowing hit me hard in that place in your belly that doesn't exist for food, but for something else entirely. It exists solely to possess the feeling that it barely held in check right then. I don't know what it was. I don't think it has a name. ~ Sharon L. Naeole
No tree can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell. ~ Carl Jung
I've been to Hell. You've only read about it. ~ Donatien Alphonse Francois
One moment on the battlefield is worth a thousand years of peace. ~ Benito Mussolini
The process of delving into the black abyss is to me the keenest form of fascination. ~ Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Hatred, even of meanness Contorts the features. Anger, even against injustice Makes the voice hoarse. ~ Bertolt Brecht
He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Sooner or later you have to go with what is. You have to see it and feel it and smell it and not flinch. You don't have to understand it. But you have to look. ~ Jean Mark Gawron
Meditate on the corpse until you are calm and at peace, until your mind and heart are light and tranquil and a smile appears on your face. Thus, by overcoming revulsion and fear, life will be seen as infinitely precious, every second of it worth living. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Living like a dead man, I feel that I obtained something like the eyesight of the dead. It was unmistakably a precious experience when I could let my imagination to wander free regarding my death. ~ Gen Urobuchi
The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the holy One is understanding. ~ Shelomoh Jedidiah
There is a hideous pleasure which is produced by intense and forbidden impressions and fatal sights. ~ Gilles de Rais
Give them pleasure - the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare. ~ Alfred Hitchcock
Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels. ~ Francisco Josι de Goya
The charm of horror tempts only the strong. ~ Charles Baudelaire
When he stepped off the straight and narrow path of his peculiar honesty, it was with an inward assertion of unflinching resolve to fall back again into the monotonous but safe stride of virtue as soon as his little excursion into the wayside quagmires had produced the desired effect. ~ Jσzef Konrad Korzeniowski
At the root of every taboo, there must be desire. ~ Sigmund Freud
Let us overthrow the totems, break the taboos. Or better, let us consider them cancelled. Coldly, let us be intelligent. ~ Pierre Trudeau
The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact. ~ Malcolm Muggeridge
The proof of spiritual maturity is not how 'pure' you are but awareness of your impurity. ~ Philip Yancey
The perfect joys of heaven do not satisfy the cravings of nature. ~ William Hazlitt
We always resist prohibitions, and yearn for what is denied us. ~ Baruch Spinoza
If we resist our passions, it is more because of their weakness than because of our strength. ~ Franηois de La Rochefoucauld
I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it. ~ Mae West
Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures. ~ Thomas Aquinas
For once you must try not to shirk the facts: Mankind is kept alive by bestial acts. ~ Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht
I mate with my free kind upon the crags; the hidden recesses Have heard the echo of my heels, in the cool light, in the darkness. ~ Ezra Pound
Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac. ~ Henry Kissinger
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. ~ Margaret Thatcher
It is not enough to conquer, one must learn to seduce. ~ Francois~Marie Arouet (Voltaire)
Absolute power doesn't corrupt absolutely, it merely attracts the absolutely corrupt. ~ Frank Herbert
War is much too serious a thing to be left to the military. ~ Georges Clemenceau
It is well that war is so terrible - we would grow too fond of it. ~ General Robert E. Lee
Der Krieg? Ich kann das nicht so schrecklich finden! Der Tod eines Menschen: das ist eine Katastrophe. Hunderttausend Tote: das ist eine Statistik!
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The war? I can't find it too terrible! The death of one man: that is a catastrophe. One hundred thousand deaths: that is a statistic!
~ Kurt Tucholsky
In part we couldn't describe our feelings because the language failed us: the civilian-issue adjectives and nouns, verbs and adverbs, seemed made for a different universe. There were no metaphors that connected the war to everyday life. But we were also mute, I suspect, out of shame. ~ William Broyles
Language disguises the thought; so that from the external form of the clothes one cannot infer the form of the thought they clothe. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
Constant assault by our own thoughts and memories of war can easily be enough to make us wish wed died in battle instead. ~ Agnostic Zetetic
War is a psychosis caused by an inability to see relationships. Our relationship with our fellow-men. Our relationship with our economic and historical situation. And above all our relationship to nothingness. To death. ~ John Fowles
In the age of face-to-face fighting, it perhaps made sense to talk of courage and gallantry. But in the age of science, believing in heroes and martyrs is futile. Killing is merely technical work, valour is a meaningless concept and war is stupid and irrational. ~ Pervez Hoodbhoy
Kill one man and you are a murderer. Kill millions and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone and you are a God. ~ Jean Rostand
An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior. ~ Viktor Frankl
We must take responsibility for our actions in response to circumstances for which we are not responsible. ~ Jim Clemmer
One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane. ~ Nikola Tesla
What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy? ~ Ursula K. Leguin
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. ~ Hunter S. Thompson
Those who win every battle are not really skillful. Those who render others' armies helpless without fighting are the best of all. ~ Sun Tzu
The way of a warrior, the art of politics, is to stop trouble before it starts. It consists in defeating your adversaries spiritually by making them realize the folly of their actions. ~ Morihei Ueshiba
If you can't convince them, confuse them. ~ Harry Truman
Assuming that either the left wing or the right wing gained control of the country, it would probably fly around in circles. ~ Pat Paulsen
Each time conservatives pass a law creating privilege, liberals pass another law modifying privilege, until everything not forbidden is compulsory and everything not compulsory is forbidden. ~ Robert Shea
Politics is something similar to the lower physiological functions, with the unpleasant difference that political functions are unavoidably carried out in public. ~ Maxim Gorky
Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should be changed regularly and for the same reason. ~ Gerry Brooks
If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull. ~ William Claude Dukenfield (W.C.Fields)
Do not remain content with the surface of things. Don't become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin. ~ Ivan Pavlov
To concern yourself with surface political conflicts is to make the mistake of the bull in the ring, you are charging the cloth. ~ William S. Burroughs
Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting a bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian. ~ Frederick Salomon Perls
Tactics are not a substitute for knowledge. Cleverness without truth is manipulation. ~ Gregory Koukl
A lie has speed, but truth has endurance. ~ Edgar Mohn
The accuracy of the strike is only as good as the intelligence used to justify the decision to deploy it. ~ Laila Yuile
Fast is fine, but accuracy is final. You must learn to be slow in a hurry. ~ Wyatt Earp
All the answers lie just beyond our sight; Where time stands still, at the speed of light. ~ Lionel Ledbetter
Some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age. ~ Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Metaphors reign where mysteries reside. ~ Charles W. Missler
Superstition is outside reason; so is revelation. ~ Algernon Blackwood
Were I to reveal the details of my art, the devil might enslave you. ~ Johann Ernst Elias Bessler
Superstition and accident manifest the will of God. ~ Carl Jung
Some accidents are stronger, wiser than any design. ~ David Brin
The only thing faster than the speed of thought is the speed of forgetfulness. ~ Vera Nazarian
If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. ~ Mark Twain
If you know your history. Then you would know where you're coming from. ~ Nesta Robert Marley
We must embrace our history - good and bad - and learn from it. We can't rewrite it, and we can't deny it. We cannot. A country that doesn't have a history is forever condemned to be a child. ~ Richard O'Bryan
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~ Henry Stanley Haskins
You can only begin where you find yourself. ~ Stuart Wilde
Not all those who wander are lost. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien
There is no other place I want to be. Right here, right now. Watching the world wake up from history. ~ Mike Edwards
What you need to strive for is excellence, not perfection. ~ Phillip McGraw
If you see someone winning all the time, he isn't gambling, he's cheating. ~ Malcolm X Little
Upon the world he made his mark, and from him we learn how not to be one. ~ Jeff Smith
The game was created to demonstrate the futility of individual effort. If the champion defeats the meaning for which the game was designed, then he must lose. ~ William Neal Harrison
No one can ever master the game... or conquer it. You can only challenge it. ~ Louis Clark Brock
Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is. ~ Arnold Palmer
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. ~ Wayne Gretzky
Shrink from this, shrink from that, you wind up shrunk! ~ Ray Bradbury
If you read with your eyes shut, you're likely to find that the place where you're going is far, far behind. ~ Theodore Geisel (Dr.Seuss)
You are what you read so choose carefully, since the wrong kind of food for thought can cause serious mental indigestion. ~ David Konstan
The blind reader, who swallows good and bad ideas indiscriminately, suffers from intellectual indigestion. ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? ~ Mark the Evangelist
One cannot shut one΄s eyes to things not seen with the eyes. ~ Charles Morgan
The digestive process of the mind is incomplete, superficial; and right here the foundation is laid for mental malnutrition and intellectual anaemia. ~ William S. Sadler
The facts must be revealed. The truth, after all, is a laxative for the soul. ~ Mark Mirabello
Ac proinde haec cognitio, 'Ego cogito, Ergo sum', est omnium prima et certissima, quae cuilibet ordine philosophanti occurrat.
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Accordingly, the knowledge, 'I am thinking, therefore I exist', is the first and most certain that occurs to one who philosophizes orderly.
~ Renι Descartes
Egotism is the root of all evil, as sacrifice is the root of all virtue. ~ Giuseppe Mazzini
Reality is whatever refuses to go away when I stop believing in it. ~ Philip K. Dick
There are two things to aim at in life: first to get what you want and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. ~ Logan Pearsall Smith
You think you own whatever land you land on The earth is just a dead thing you can claim But I know every rock and tree and creature Has a life, has a spirit, has a name ~ Stephen Lawrence Schwartz
Blind unrelenting drive for growth is to the biosphere what a cancerous tumor is to an organism. ~ Howard Hawkins
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. ~ Ernst Friedrich Schumacher
We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory. ~ Bern Williams
Don't waste too much effort in searching for conspiracies. Most of the harm done in the world is out of stupidity, not by design. ~ Gerard K. O'Neill
A conspiracy of silence is just as bad as a conspiracy of action. ~ Joseph Soloveitchik
The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people, but because of the silence of good people. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
The aim of education is not knowledge but action. ~ Edward Spencer
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. ~ H.G. Wells
It should be possible to discover the hidden mechanics by which all traditional elements of our political and spiritual world were dissolved into a conglomeration where everything seems to have lost specific value, and has become unrecognizable for human comprehension, unusable for human purpose. ~ Hannah Arendt
Originδre Lebenstreibe werden von einer όberstrengen, grausamen, inneren Moralinstanz verdrδngt. Dann kann sich im Schattenreich der Seele der Widerstreit von Drang und Hemmung, Trieb und Abwehr, Verlangen und Verbot, verkapseln und eine leidvolle neurotische Notlφsung erzwingen.
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Primary life drives become displaced by an overstrict, cruel, inner morality authority. Then the conflict between urge and inhibition, impulse and repulsion, desire and ban, encapsulate and force a painful neurotic compromise in the shadow realm of the soul.
~ Ludwig Jakob Pongratz
There are ways to avoid the holocaust and to make the world a cleaner place. We must never cease to search for them. ~ Victor F. Weisskopf
There exists a simple equation between freedom and numbers. The more people, the less freedom. ~ Royal Robbins
We must all hang together, or we will surely all hang separately. ~ Benjamin Franklin
Everyday I think about dying. About disease, starvation, violence, terrorism, war, the end of the world. It helps keep my mind off things. ~ Roger McGough
Ultimate horror often paralyses memory in a merciful way. ~ Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Abruptly the poker of memory stirs the ashes of recollection and uncovers a forgotten ember, still smoldering down there, still hot, still glowing, still red. ~ William Manchester
People's memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive. ~ Murakami Haruki
We are not troubled by things, but by the opinions which we have of things. ~ Epictetus
The world is only evil when you become its slave. ~ Henri Jozef Nouwen
Nothing baffles the schemes of evil people so much as the calm composure of great souls. ~ Honorι Gabriel Riqueti de Mirabeau
In a cruel and evil world, being cynical can allow you to get some entertainment out of it. ~ Daniel Waterse
Superfluous energy, which, if it remained unused, might become negative, that is, poison. Laughter is the antidote. ~ George Gurdjieff
The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think. ~ Horace Walpole
Clowns are sad, it's folks that laugh at them. Well, I'm gonna be a new kind of clown. I'm gonna stand in the middle of the ring and laugh at the folks. ~ Harper Lee
Humour is one of the best ingredients of survival. ~ Aung San Suu Kyi
If you can laugh, you gotta laugh at yourself first. ~ Michael Jordan
Rejoice! Rejoice! We have no choice, but to carry on. ~ Stephen Stills
I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It's so fuckin' heroic. ~ George Carlin
If anything can survive the probe of humour it is clearly of value. ~ Eric Idle
Ridicule is a weak weapon, when leveled at a strong mind; But common men are cowards and dread an empty laugh. ~ Martin Farquhar Tupper
Humour is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood. ~ Mary Hirsch
Comedy is tragedy plus time. ~ Carol Burnett
Misery loves comedy. ~ Ivan Brunetti
God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. ~ Franηois-Marie Arouet
A face just covers a skull awhile. Stretch that skull-cover and smile. ~ Jack Kerouac
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand. ~ Albert Einstein
Knowledge is like a sphere; the greater its volume, the larger its contact with the unknown. ~ Blaise Pascal
Were always exploring and experimenting. We call it Imagineering - the blending of creative imagination with technical know-how. ~ Walter Elias Disney
Life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves. ~ William Melvin Hicks
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today. ~ James Byron Dean
The idea is to die young as late as possible. ~ Montague Francis Ashley-Montagu
To execute great things, one should live as though one would never die. ~ Marquis de Vauvenargues
He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was. ~ Douglas Adams
Sometimes the things we dream about are merely the heart's way of protecting us from what we really want. ~ Sharon L. Naeole
I believed that I wanted to be a poet, but deep down I just wanted to be a poem. ~ Jaime Gil de Biedma
The first step toward enlightenment is disillusionment. ~ Mike Twohy
Enlightenment leads to benightedness. Science entails nescience. ~ Philippe Verdoux
Morsels of truth swim around and give the reassurance albeit false, that the whole mixture is real and true. The thinking processes attempt to organize this whole cesspool of illusions according to the laws of plausibility. This level of consciousness is supposed to reflect reality. ~ Erich Fromm
One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams. ~ Salvador Dalν
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~ Edgar A. Poe
The dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act out their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. ~ T.E. Lawrence
The dream of yesterday is the hope of today and reality of tomorrow. ~ Robert Goddard
You can analyze the past, but you have to design the future. ~ Edward de Bono
The future ain't what it used to be. ~ Yogi Berra
Some people think the world will end. Ive often wondered when it might get started. ~ Stuart Wilde
The best way to predict the future is to invent it. ~ Alan Kay
I wrote my own future. I had to. It was the only way out. ~ John Lydon
I was just trying to open the doors... but walls fell down. ~ Saket Assertive
For the most part, men live within the framework of institutions whose architecture is not of their own choosing. That they are generally content to do so springs more from passive acceptance than from considered approval. ~ Louis Wasserman
Men accept servility in order to acquire wealth; as if they could acquire anything of their own when they cannot even assert that they belong to themselves. ~ Ιtienne de La Boιtie
Even paradise could become a prison if one had enough time to take notice of the walls. ~ Morgan Rhodes
Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage; Minds innocent and quiet take That for an hermitage. ~ Richard Lovelace
Life is a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors. ~ Eugene O'Neill
Se judice, nemo nocens absolvitur.
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By his own verdict no guilty man was ever acquitted.
~ Decimus Junius Juvenalis
Four walls are three too many for a prison you only need one for an execution. ~ Juan Domingo de Monteverde
The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~ Anais Nin
What you inherit may not be as valuable as what you earn. ~ Jamie Johnson
I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's. ~ William Blake
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. ~ George Bernard Shaw
I passionately hate the idea of being 'with it', I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time. ~ Orson Welles
The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe. ~ Joseph Campbell
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. ~ Henry David Thoreau
Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
In speaking of music, one cannot ignore the geometries and mathematics that give rise to it. And when we speak of mathematics, of necessity our discussion will wander into the realm of metaphysics. ~ Mark Conway Wirt
Comparison is the enemy to creativity. ~ E'yen A. Gardner
Art is a revolt against destiny. ~ Andre Malraux
The artist, and particularly the poet, is always an anarchist in the best sense of the word. He must heed only the call that arises within him. ~ Federico Garcνa Lorca
Art is either a plagiarist or a revolutionist. ~ Paul Gaugin
When I need to identify rebels, I look for men with principles. ~ Frank Herbert
Art is anything you can get away with. ~ Andrew Warhola
Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art. ~ Susan Sontag
Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason. ~ Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr (Novalis)
Artists are the engineers of the soul. ~ Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (Lenin)
The artist only has to create one masterpiece, himself, constantly. ~ Yves Klein
An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's. ~ Jerome David Salinger
One should not become an artist because he can, but because he must. It is only for those who would be miserable without it. ~ Irving Tannenbaum
Bleed me of art, and there won't be enough liquid left in me to spit! ~ Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure... To him, he's always doing both. ~ James Michener
But yield who will to their separation, My object in living is to unite My avocation and my vocation As my two eyes make one in sight. ~ Robert Frost
The one thing I've learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous. ~ Margot Fonteyn
Making a living is necessary and often satisfying; eventually, making a difference becomes more important. ~ David Campbell
All my life, I've always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific. ~ Lily Tomlin
I do not seek, I find. ~ Pablo Picasso
In art, the best is good enough. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others. ~ Salvador Dalν
What you do is of little significance, but it is very important that you do it. ~ Mohandas Gandhi
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little. ~ Edmund Burke
No intellect is too small to see the great and all. ~ Paul Lloyd Warner
I am the universe wrapped in skin. ~ Joy Elizabeth Williams
Every living being is an engine geared to the wheelwork of the universe. Though seemingly affected only by its immediate surrounding, the sphere of external influence extends to infinite distance. ~ Nikola Tesla
It is not easy to tear any event out of the context of the universe in which it occurred without detaching from it some factor that influenced it. ~ Carroll Quigley
The natural path from nonentity to greatness is to forget that you are a gram and feel yourself instead a millionth of a ton. ~ Yevgeny Zamyatin
Permanence is perceived only through the snapshot of a human life. ~ Brad Cran
Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all - that has been my religion. I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. ~ John Burroughs
We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. ~ Jonathan Swift
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. ~ Karl Heinrich Marx
There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it. ~ George Bernard Shaw
When people quarrel about religion they drag god into their squabbles. ~ Chief Dan George
With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. ~ Steven Weinberg
The massive threats to human welfare stem mainly from deliberate acts of principle rather than from unrestrained acts of impulse. ~ Albert Bandura
When religious people quarrel about religion, or hungry people about their victuals, it looks as if they had not much of either about them. ~ Benjamin Franklin
They have chosen pride in their own elevation in exchange for the true exaltation of destiny, empty cleverness in exchange for the certainty of truth, the spirit of faction instead of unity in love. ~ Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. ~ John the Evangelist
Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty. ~ Frank Herbert
Habent enim et spinae flores. Quaedam uero uidentur aspera, uidentur truculenta, sed fiunt ad disciplinam dictante caritate.
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Thorns also have flowers: some actions truly seem rough, seem savage; howbeit they are done for discipline at the bidding of charity.
~ Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis
Obedience is the path to command. ~ Idries Shah
Love is metaphysical gravity. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other. ~ Carl Jung
Power has to be insecure to be responsive. ~ Ralph Nader
The opposite of faith is not doubt or even unbelief, but rather, fear. ~ Rich Vincent
Fear leads to the production of mental indigestion and other disorders of the mind. ~ William S. Sadler
The warrior utilises eustress where the worrier is more in distress. ~ Lesley Rodgers
I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. ~ Frank Herbert
Love does not push fear away; it gently holds it and then lets it go. ~ Yvonne Spence
Faith activates God - Fear activates the Enemy. ~ Joel Osteen
If you have a bad thought about yourself, tell it to go to hell, because that is exactly where it came from. ~ Brigham Young
It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it. ~ Aung San Suu Kyi
Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious. ~ Bertie Charles Forbes
There is an art of conducting one's self in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. ~ Rene Daumal
A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience. ~ Doug Larson
If we don't always have a conscious conscience, we have a subliminal one, from which the memory of past wrongs is not so easily erased. ~ Ewa Wydra
Dialectical thought is related to vulgar thinking in the same way that a motion picture is related to a still photograph. The motion picture does not outlaw the still photograph but combines a series of them according to the laws of motion. ~ Lev Davidovich Bronstein
The memory is less like a movie, a permanent emulsion of chemicals on celluloid, and more like a play - subtly different each time its performed. ~ Jonah Lehrer
Every man's memory is his private literature. ~ Aldous Huxley
These are used emotions. It's time to trade them in. Memories were meant to fade - they're designed that way for a reason. ~ James Francis Cameron
Memory atrophies unless it is communicated. ~ Barbara Clow
Often we have no time for our friends but all the time in the world for our enemies. ~ Leon Uris
Whatever the arena, our hearts experience the failure to be heard as an absence of concern. Conflict doesnt necessarily disappear when we acknowledge each others point of view, but its almost certain to get worse if we dont. ~ Michael P. Nichols
Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so such. ~ Oscar Wilde
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. ~ Carl Jung
The man who has done you great injury or injustice makes himself a guest in your house forever. Perhaps only forgiveness can dislodge him. ~ Cormac McCarthy
Forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. ~ Lewis B. Smedes
Remember, there is no rejection, only feedback. ~ James Murdock
It's much better to be criticized than ignored. ~ Stuart Hameroff M.D.
The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. ~ Elie Wiesel
Blasphemy is, after all, among the highest tributes that can be paid to the power of a symbol. The blasphemer takes symbols as seriously as the idolater. ~ Neil Postman
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. ~ Evelyn Beatrice Hall
If you don't like what's being said, change the conversation. ~ Matthew Weiner
Description begins in the writers imagination, but should finish in the readers. ~ Stephen Edwin King
I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. ~ Alan Greenspan
It's funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they'll do practically anything you want them to. ~ Jerome David Salinger
Eschew obfuscation, espouse elucidation. ~ Emma Nicholls
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. ~ George Orwell
But these are only words, and probably only convey a fraction of their meaning to their hearers. They shudder and it is forgotten. ~ Maurice Haigh-Wood
A word, even the most contradictory word, preserves contact. It is silence which isolates. ~ Thomas Mann
You have not converted a man because you have silenced him. ~ John Viscount Morley
It is better to debate a question without settling it, than to settle a question without debating it. ~ Jeseph Joubert
The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously. ~ Hubert H. Humphrey
You tell how you really feel, you get burned. I'm ready to go down in flames. ~ James Osterberg (Iggy Pop)
Kick up the fire, and let the flames break loose to drive the shadows back. ~ Philip Larkin
What is to give light must endure burning. ~ Viktor Frankl
Intercourse is always a combat, no matter how friendly a form it may take. ~ Herman Hesse
Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre
It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone. ~ Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam
Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat. ~ Harry Fosdick
Resentment is like taking poison and hoping the other person dies. ~ Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. ~ Samuel Clemens
Blame is just a lazy person's way of making sense of chaos. ~ Douglas Coupland
To carry a grudge, is like being stung to death by one bee. ~ William H. Walton
Contempt prior to examination is an intellectual vice, from which the greatest faculties of mind are not free. I know not, indeed, whether men of the greatest faculties of mind, are not the most subject to it. ~ William Paley
Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. ~ Robert G. Ingersoll
If your thoughts are based on the grease of fear, the lumps of hatred and the spice of anger then you will suffer from indigestion. The common balm for mental indigestion is thoughts of vengeance which creates further ulcers. ~ Andre de Hoog
It is useless to meet revenge with revenge: it will heal nothing. ~ J.R.R.Tolkien
You cannot inject new ideas into a mans head by chopping it off; neither will you infuse a new spirit into his heart by piercing it with a dagger. ~ Louis Fischer
How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbour says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself. ~ Marcus Aurelius
The crop seems always more productive in our neighbor's field. ~ Publius Ovidius Naso (Ovid)
Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself what you wish to be. ~ Thomas Louis Haines
In an argument, you have to learn to control your emotions. The other person is the revolver, but you are the trigger. ~ Donald Trump
Whatever the legal situation may be, the moral responsibility for violence is divided between those who perpetrate it and those who provoke it. ~ Richard Webster
A loud voice cannot compete with a clear voice, even if it's a whisper. ~ Barry Neil
The enemies of Freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot. ~ William Inge
Beware the fury of a patient man. ~ John Dryden
When one cannot affect or even genuinely touch another person, violence flares up as a dζmonic necessity for contact, a mad drive forcing touch in the most direct way possible. ~ Rollo May
War stops time, intensifies experience to the point of a terrible ecstasy. ~ William Broyles
Violence is truly a universal language. ~ Frank Fleming
I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent. ~ Mohandas Gandhi
Force, unregulated or ill-regulated, is not only wasted in the void, like that of gunpowder burned in the open air, and steam unconfined by science; but, striking in the dark, and its blows meeting only the air, they recoil, and bruise itself. It is destruction and ruin. ~ Albert Pike
A bomb, for example, lacks specificity; its meaning is as scattered as its debris. Violence is, essentially, a confession of ultimate inarticulateness. ~ Lance Morrow
We sin in both self-exaltation and self-denigration. ~ Matt Jenson
Cum dilectione hominum et odio vitiorum.
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Love the sinner and hate the sin.
~ Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis
You have no right to complain about what you permit. ~ Mike Murdock
The paradigm is the man who cuts his throat and cries for help in the same breath. ~ Edwin S. Shneidman
A man screaming is seldom subtle. ~ Vincent Price
Riots are the language of the unheard. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear. ~ Caterina di Giacomo di Benincasa
A poet should be so crafty with words that he is envied even for his pains. ~ Criss Jami
If, at times, my eyes are lenses, through which the brain explores constellations of feeling, my ears, yielding like swinging doors, admit princes to the corridors into the mind, do not envy me. I have a beast on my back. ~ Keith Douglas
Tears incite insight. ~ Brittany Bindrim
If pain doesn't lead to humility, you have wasted your suffering. ~ Katerina Stoykova Klemer
Shared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased - thus do we refute entropy. ~ Spider Robinson
You, who will not feel anothers pain, you forfeit the right to be called human. ~ Abu-Muhammad Muslih al-Din bin Abdallah Saadi Shirazi
Yearn to understand first, and to be understood, second. ~ Beca Lewis Allen
Shame derives its power from being unspeakable. ~ Brenι Brown
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. ~ Desmond Tutu
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. ~ Elie Wiesel
Morally, the only reliable people when the chips are down are those who say I can't . ~ Hannah Arendt
We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. ~ Egbert Roscoe Murrow
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
They will never be really willing to aid you until you have shown that you are strong enough to conquer without them. ~ Giuseppe Mazzini
as a warrior, i have learned some valuable skills from various sources. i will take my inspiration wherever i can get it.
here are some wise words from my favourite survival handbook...
Let not the one who puts on his armour boast like the one who takes it off. 1 Kings 20
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10
Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. 2 Timothy 2
Put on the full armour of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the enemy. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lords people. Ephesians 6
Blessed be JHVH, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle; My lovingkindness and my fortress, My stronghold and my deliverer; My shield and He in whom I take refuge. Psalm 144
AFFIRMATIONS, by Stuart Wilde, is not just a collection of nice words to say to yourself, but serves as a magnificent battle-plan, where you learn to expand the power you already have in order to win back absolute control of your life.
"Some people think the world will end. Ive often wondered when it might get started. You can only begin where you find yourself." - Stuart Wilde
I have seen too much of violent death. I have tasted too much of my own fear. I have painful memories that lie buried most of the time. It is never easy when they surface.
And yet there is a part of me that remains nostalgic for war's simplicity and high. The enduring attraction of war is this: Even with its destruction and carnage it gives us what we all long for in life. It gives us purpose, meaning, a reason for living. Only when we are in the midst of conflict does the shallowness and vapidness of our lives become apparent. Trivia dominates our conversations and increasingly our news. And war is an enticing elixir. It gives us resolve, a cause. It allows us to be noble. And those that have the least meaning in their lives are all susceptible to war's appeal.
I learned early on that war forms its own culture. The rush of battle is a potent and often lethal addiction, for war is a drug, one I ingested for many years. It is peddled by myth makers -historians, war correspondents, filmmakers, novelists and the state- all of whom endow it with qualities it often does possess: excitement, exoticism, power, chances to rise above our small stations in life, and a bizarre and fantastic universe that has a grotesque and dark beauty. It dominates culture, distorts memory, corrupts language and infects everything around it, even humor, which becomes preoccupied with the grim perversities of smut and death. Fundamental questions about the meaning, or meaninglessness, of our place on the planet are laid bare when we watch those around us sink to the lowest depths. War exposes the capacity for evil that lurks just below the surface within all of us.
And so it takes little in wartime to turn ordinary men into killers. Most give themselves willingly to the seduction of unlimited power to destroy, and all feel the peer pressure. Few, once in battle, can find the strength to resist.
War makes the world understandable, a black-and-white tableau of them and us. It suspends thought, especially self-critical thought. All bow before the supreme effort. We are one. Most of us willingly accept war as long as we can fold it into a belief system that paints the ensuing suffering as necessary for a higher good; for human beings seek not only happiness but also meaning. And tragically, war is sometimes the most powerful way in human society to achieve meaning.
found this article in an amnesty international magazine. i found myself in this article. scary to see it laid out like that, point blank. frightful but insightful.
i have never been to war, but this all sounds too familiar.
"In part we couldn't describe our feelings because the language failed us: the civilian-issue adjectives and nouns, verbs and adverbs, seemed made for a different universe. There were no metaphors that connected the war to everyday life. But we were also mute, I suspect, out of shame." - William Broyles
Click to reveal.. ( it may be more dangerous to suppress the reasons men love war than to admit them )
i found this in an old esquire magazine. it speaks first person from one combat veteran's perspective. read at your own risk. it is heavy. whether you agree or disagree, this is honesty and history. this story contains graphic details in explicit language for adults only.
I last saw Hiers in a rice paddy in Vietnam. He was nineteen then--my wonderfully skilled and maddeningly insubordinate radio operator. For months we were seldom more than three feet apart. Then one day he went home, and fifteen years passed before we met by accident last winter at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. A few months later I visited Hiers and his wife. Susan, in Vermont, where they run a bed-and -breakfast place. The first morning we were up at dawn trying to save five newborn rabbits. Hiers built a nest of rabbit fur and straw in his barn and positioned a lamp to provide warmth against the bitter cold.
"What people can't understand," Hiers said, gently picking up each tiny rabbit and placing it in the nest, "is how much fun Vietnam was. I loved it. I loved it, and I can't tell anybody."
Hiers loved war. And as I drove back from Vermont in a blizzard, my children asleep in the back of the car, I had to admit that for all these years I also had loved it, and more than I knew. I hated war, too. Ask me, ask any man who has been to war about his experience, and chances are we'll say we don't want to talk about it--implying that we hated it so much, it was so terrible, that we would rather leave it buried. And it is no mystery why men hate war. War is ugly, horrible, evil, and it is reasonable for men to hate all that. But I believe that most men who have been to war would have to admit, if they are honest, that somewhere inside themselves they loved it too, loved it as much as anything that has happened to them before or since. And how do you explain that to your wife, your children, your parents, or your friends?
That's why men in their sixties and seventies sit in their dens and recreation rooms around America and know that nothing in their life will equal the day they parachuted into St. Lo or charged the bunker on Okinawa. That's why veterans' reunions are invariably filled with boozy awkwardness, forced camaraderie ending in sadness and tears: you are together again, these are the men who were your brothers, but it's not the same, can never be the same. That's why when we returned from Vietnam we moped around, listless, not interested in anything or anyone. Something had gone out of our lives forever, and our behavior on returning was inexplicable except as the behavior of men who had lost a great perhaps the great-love of their lives, and had no way to tell anyone about it.
In part we couldn't describe our feelings because the language failed us: the civilian-issue adjectives and nouns, verbs and adverbs, seemed made for a different universe. There were no metaphors that connected the war to everyday life. But we were also mute, I suspect, out of shame. Nothing in the way we are raised admits the possibility of loving war. It is at best a necessary evil, a patriotic duty to be discharged and then put behind us. To love war is to mock the very values we supposedly fight for. It is to be insensitive, reactionary, a brute.
But it may be more dangerous, both for men and nations, to suppress the reasons men love war than to admit them. In Apocalypse Now, Robert Duvall, playing a brigade commander, surveys a particularly horrific combat scene and says, with great sadness, "You know, someday this war's gonna be over. " He is clearly meant to be a psychopath, decorating enemy bodies with playing cards, riding to war with Wagner blaring. We laugh at him--Hey! nobody's like that! And last year in Grenada American boys charged into battle playing Wagner, a new generation aping the movies of Vietnam the way we aped the movies of World War 11, learning nothing, remembering nothing.
Alfred Kazin wrote that war is the enduring condition of twentieth-century man. He was only partly right. War is the enduring condition of man, period. Men have gone to war over everything from Helen of Troy to Jenkins's ear. Two million Frenchmen and Englishmen died in muddy trenches in World War I because a student shot an archduke. The truth is, the reasons don't matter. There is a reason for every war and a war for every reason.
For centuries men have hoped that with history would come progress, and with progress, peace. But progress has simply given man the means to make war even more horrible; no wars in our savage past can begin to match the brutality of the wars spawned in this century, in the beautifully ordered, civilized landscape of Europe, where everyone is literate and classical music plays in every village cafe. War is not all aberration; it is part of the family. the crazy uncle we try--in vain--to keep locked in the basement.
Consider my own example. I am not a violent person. I have not been in a fight since grade school. Aside from being a fairly happy-go-lucky carnivore, I have no lust for blood, nor do I enjoy killing animals, fish, or even insects. My days are passed in reasonable contentment, filled with the details of work and everyday life. I am also a father now, and a male who has helped create life is war's natural enemy. I have seen what war does to children, makes them killers or victims, robs them of their parents, their homes, and their innocence--steals their childhood and leaves them marked in body, mind, and spirit.
I spent most of my combat tour in Vietnam trudging through its jungles and rice paddies without incident, but I have seen enough of war to know that I never want to fight again, and that I would do everything in my power to keep my son from fighting. Then why, at the oddest times--when I am in a meeting or running errands, or on beautiful summer evenings, with the light fading and children playing around me--do my thoughts turn back fifteen years to a war I didn't believe in and never wanted to fight? Why do I miss it?
I miss it because I loved it, loved it in strange and troubling ways. When I talk about loving war I don't mean the romantic notion of war that once mesmerized generations raised on Walter Scott. What little was left of that was ground into the mud at Verdun and Passchendaele: honor and glory do not survive the machine gun. And it's not the mindless bliss of martyrdom that sends Iranian teenagers armed with sticks against Iraqi tanks. Nor do I mean the sort of hysteria that can grip a whole country, the way during the Falklands war the English press inflamed the lust that lurks beneath the cool exterior of Britain. That is vicarious war, the thrill of participation without risk, the lust of the audience for blood. It is easily fanned, that lust; even the invasion of a tiny island like Grenada can do it. Like all lust, for as long as it lasts it dominates everything else; a nation's other problems are seared away, a phenomenon exploited by kings, dictators, and presidents since civilization began.
And I don't mean war as an addiction, the constant rush that war junkies get, the crazies mailing ears home to their girlfriends, the zoomies who couldn't get an erection unless they were cutting in the afterburners on their F-4s. And, finally, I'm not talking about how some men my age feel today, men who didn't go to war but now have a sort of nostalgic longing for something they missed, some classic male experience, the way some women who didn't have children worry they missed something basic about being a woman, something they didn't value when they could have done it.
I'm talking about why thoughtful, loving men can love war even while knowing and hating it. Like any love, the love of war is built on a complex of often contradictory reasons. Some of them are fairly painless to discuss; others go almost too deep, stir the caldron too much. I'll give the more respectable reasons first.
Part of the love of war stems from its being an experience of great intensity; its lure is the fundamental human passion to witness, to see things, what the Bible calls the lust of the eye and the Marines in Vietnam called eye fucking. War stops time, intensifies experience to the point of a terrible ecstasy. It is the dark opposite of that moment of passion caught in "Ode on a Grecian Urn": "For ever warm and still to be enjoy'd/ For ever panting, and forever young. " War offers endless exotic experiences, enough "I couldn't fucking believe it! "'s to last a lifetime.
Most people fear freedom; war removes that fear. And like a stem father, it provides with its order and discipline both security and an irresistible urge to rebel against it, a constant yearning to fly over the cuckoo's nest. The midnight requisition is an honored example. I remember one elaborately planned and meticulously executed raid on our principal enemy--the U.S. Army, not the North Vietnamese--to get lightweight blankets and cleaning fluid for our rifles repeated later in my tour, as a mark of my changed status, to obtain a refrigerator and an air conditioner for our office. To escape the Vietnamese police we tied sheets together and let ourselves down from the top floor of whorehouses, and on one memorable occasion a friend who is now a respectable member of our diplomatic corps hid himself inside a rolled-up Oriental rug while the rest of us careered off in the truck. leaving him to make his way back stark naked to our base six miles away. War, since it steals our youth, offers a sanction to play boys' games.
War replaces the difficult gray areas daily life with an eerie, serene clarity. In war you usually know who is your enemy and who is your friend, and are given means of dealing with both. (That was, incidentally, one of the great problems with Vietnam: it was hard to tell friend from foe--it was too much like ordinary Life.)
War is an escape from the everyday into a special world where the bonds that hold us to our duties in daily life--the bonds of family, community, work, disappear. In war, all bets are off. It's the frontier beyond the last settlement, it's Las Vegas. The men who do well in peace do not necessarily do well at war, while those who were misfits and failures may find themselves touched with fire. U. S. Grant, selling firewood on the streets of St. Louis and then four years later commanding the Union armies, is the best example, although I knew many Marines who were great warriors but whose ability to adapt to civilian life was minimal.
I remember Kirby, a skinny kid with JUST YOU AND ME LORD tattooed on his shoulder. Kirby had extended his tour in Vietnam twice. He had long since ended his attachment to any known organization and lived alone out in the most dangerous areas, where he wandered about night and day, dressed only in his battered fatigue trousers with a .45 automatic tucked into the waistband, his skinny shoulders and arms as dark as a Montagnard's.
One day while out on patrol we found him on the floor of a hut, being tended by a girl in black pajamas, a bullet wound in his arm.
He asked me for a cigarette, then eyed me, deciding if I was worth telling his story to. "I stopped in for a mango, broad daylight, and there bigger'n hell were three NVA officers, real pretty tan uniforms. They got this map spread out oil a table, just eyeballin' it, makin' themselves right at home. They looked at me. I looked at them. Then they went for their nine millimeters and I went for my .45. "
"Yeah?"I answered. "So what happened
"I wasted 'em," he said, then puffed on his cigarette. Just another day at work, killing three men on the way to eat a mango.
How are you ever going to go back to the world?" I asked him. (He didn't. A few months later a ten-year-old Vietcong girl blew him up with a command-detonated booby trap.
War is a brutal, deadly game, but a game, the best there is. And men love games. You can come back from war broken in mind or body, or not come back at all. But if you come back whole you bring with you the knowledge that you have explored regions of your soul that in most men will always remain uncharted. Nothing I had ever studied was as complex or as creative as the small-unit tactics of Vietnam. No sport I had ever played brought me to such deep awareness of my physical and emotional limits.
One night not long after I had arrived in Vietnam, one of my platoon's observation on posts heard enemy movement. I immediately lost all saliva in my mouth. I could not talk; not a sound would pass my lips. My brain erased as if the plug had been pulled--I felt only a dull hum throughout my body, a low-grade current coursing through me like electricity through a power line. After a minute I could at least grunt, which I did as Hiers gave orders to the squad leaders, called in artillery and air support, and threw back the probe. I was terrified. I was ashamed, and I couldn't wait for it to happen again.
The enduring emotion of war, when everything else has faded, is comradeship. A comrade in war is a man you can trust with anything, because you trust him with your life. "It is," Philip Caputo wrote in A Rumor of War "unlike marriage, a bond I that cannot be broken by a word, by boredom or divorce, or by anything other than death." Despite its extreme right-wing image, war is the only utopian experience most of us ever have. Individual possessions and advantage count for nothing: the group is everything What you have is shared with your friends. It isn't a particularly selective process, but a love that needs no reasons, that transcends race and personality and education--all those things that would make a difference in peace. It is, simply, brotherly love.
What made this love so intense was that it had no limits, not even death. John Wheeler in Touched with Fire quotes the Congressional Medal of Honor citation of Hector Santiago-Colon: "Due to the heavy volume of enemy fire and exploding grenades around them, a North Vietnamese soldier was able to crawl, undetected, to their position. Suddenly, the enemy soldier lobbed a hand grenade into Sp4c. Santiago-Colon's foxhole. Realizing that there was no time to throw the grenade out of his position, Sp4c., Santiago-Colon retrieved the grenade, tucked it into his stomach, and turning away from his comrades, and absorbed the full impact of the blast. " This is classic heroism, the final evidence of how much comrades can depend on each other. What went through Santiago- Colon's mini for that split second when he could just a easily have dived to safety? It had to be this: my comrades are more important than my most valuable possession--my own life.
Isolation is the greatest fear in war. The military historian S.L.A. Marshall con ducted intensive studies of combat incidents during World War 11 and Korea and discovered that, at most, only 25 percent of the men who were under fire actually fired their own weapons. The rest cowered behind cover, terrified and helpless--all systems off. Invariably, those men had felt alone, and to feel alone in combat is to cease to function; it is the terrifying prelude to the final loneliness of death. The only men who kept their heads felt connected to other men, a part of something as if comradeship were some sort of collective life-force, the power to face death and stay conscious. But when those men cam home from war, that fear of isolation stayed with many of them, a tiny mustard seed fallen on fertile soil.
When I came back from Vietnam I tried to keep up with my buddies. We wrote letters, made plans to meet, but something always came up and we never seemed to get together. For a few year we exchanged Christmas cards, then nothing . The special world that had sustain our intense comradeship was gone. Everyday life--our work, family, friends--reclaimed us, and we grew up.
But there was something not right about that. In Vietnam I had been closer to Hiers, for example, than to anyone before or since. We were connected by the radio, our lives depended on it, and on eachother. We ate, slept, laughed, and we terrified together. When I first arrived in Vietnam I tried to get Hiers to salute me, but he simply wouldn't do it, mustering at most a "Howdy, Lieutenant, how's it hanging" as we passed. For every time that I didn't salute I told him he would have to fill a hundred sandbags.
We'd reached several thousand sandbags when Hiers took me aside and said "Look, Lieutenant, I'll be happy to salute you, really. But if I get in the habit back here in the rear I may salute you when we're out in the bush. And those gooks a just waiting for us to salute, tell 'em who the lieutenant is. You'd be the first one blown away." We forgot the sandbags and the salutes. Months later, when Hiers left the platoon to go home, he turned to me as I stood on our hilltop position, and gave me the smartest salute I'd ever seen. I shot him the finger, and that was the last I saw of him for fifteen years. When we met by accident at the Vietnam memorial it was like a sign; enough time had passed-we were old enough to say goodbye to who we had been and become friends as who we had become.
For us and for thousands of veterans the memorial was special ground. War is theater, and Vietnam had been fought without a third act. It was a set that hadn't been struck; its characters were lost there, with no way to get off and no more lines to say. And so when we came to the Vietnam memorial in Washington we wrote our own endings as we stared at the names on the wall, reached out and touched them, washed them with our tears, said goodbye. We are older now, some of us grandfathers, some quite successful, but the memorial touched some part of us that is still out there, under fire, alone. When we came to that wait and met the memories of our buddies and gave them their due, pulled them tip from their buried places and laid our love to rest, we were home at last.
For all these reasons, men love war. But these are the easy reasons, the first circle the ones we can talk about without risk of disapproval, without plunging too far into the truth or ourselves. But there are other, more troubling reasons why men love war. The love of war stems from the union, deep in the core of our being between sex and destruction, beauty and horror, love and death. War may be the only way in which most men touch the mythic domains in our soul. It is, for men, at some terrible level, the closest thing to what childbirth is for women: the initiation into the power of life and death. It is like lifting off the corner of the universe and looking at what's underneath. To see war is to see into the dark heart of things, that no-man's-land between life and death, or even beyond.
And that explains a central fact about the stories men tell about war. Every good war story is, in at least some of its crucial elements, false. The better the war story, the less of it is likely to be true. Robert Graves wrote that his main legacy from World War I was "a difficulty in telling tile truth. " I have never once heard a grunt tell a reporter a war story that wasn't a lie, just as some of the stories that I tell about the war are lies. Not that even the lies aren't true, on a certain level. They have a moral, even a mythic, truth, rather than a literal one. They reach out and remind the tellers and listeners of their place in the world. They are the primitive stories told around the fire in smoky teepees after the pipe has been passed. They are all, at bottom, the same.
Some of the best war stories out Of Vietnam are in Michael Heir's Dispatches One of Heir's most quoted stories goes like this: "But what a story he told me, as one pointed and resonant as any war story I ever heard. It took me a year to understand it: "'Patrol went up the mountain. One man came back. He died before he could tell its What happened.'
" I waited for the rest, but it seemed not to be that kind of story; when I asked him what had happened he just looked like he felt sorry for me, fucked if he'd waste time telling stories to anyone as dumb as I was."
It is a great story, a combat haiku, all negative space and darkness humming with portent. It seems rich, unique to Vietnam. But listen, now, to this:
"We all went up to Gettysburg, the summer of '63: and some of us came back from there: and that's all except the details. " That is the account of Gettysburg by one Praxiteles Swan, onetime captain of the Confederate States Army. The language is different, but it is the same story. And it is a story that I would imagine has been told for as long as men have gone to war. Its purpose is not to enlighten but to exclude; its message is riot its content but putting the listener in his place. I suffered, I was there. You were not. Only those facts matter. Everything else is beyond words to tell. As was said after the worst tragedies in Vietnam: "Don't mean nothin'." Which meant, "It means everything it means too much." Language overload.
War stories inhabit the realm of myth because every war story is about death. And one of the most troubling reasons men love war is the love of destruction, the thrill of killing. In his superb book on World War II, The Warriors,J. Glenn Gray wrote that "thousands of youths who never suspect the presence of such an impulse in themselves have learned in military life the mad excitement of destroying." It's what Hemingway meant when he wrote, "Admit that you have liked to kill as all who are soldiers by choice have enjoyed it it some time whether they lie about it or not."
My platoon and I went through Vietnam burning hooches (note how language liberated US--we didn't burn houses and shoot people: we burned hooches and shot gooks), killing dogs and pigs and chickens, destroying, because, as my friend Hiers put it, "We thought it was fun at the time." As anyone who has fired a bazooka or an M-60 machine gun knows, there is something to that power in your finger, the soft, seductive touch of the trigger. It's like the magic sword, a grunt's Excalibur: all you do is move that finger so imperceptibly just a wish flashing across your mind like a shadow, not even a full brain synapse, and I poof in a blast of sound and energy and light a truck or a house or even people disappear, everything flying and settling back into dust.
There is a connection between this thrill and the games we played as children, the endless games of cowboys and Indians and war, the games that ended with "Bang bang you're dead," and everyone who was "dead" got up and began another game. That's war as fantasy, and it's the same emotion that touches us in war movies and books, where death is something without consequence, and not something that ends with terrible finality as blood from our fatally fragile bodies flows out onto the mud. Boys aren't the only ones prone to this fantasy; it possesses the old men who have never been to war and who preside over our burials with the same tears they shed when soldiers die in the movies--tears of fantasy, cheap tears. The love of destruction and killing in war stems from that fantasy of war as a game, but it is the more seductive for being indulged at terrible risk. It is the game survivors play, after they have seen death up close and learned in their hearts how common, how ordinary, and how inescapable it is.
I don't know if I killed anyone in Vietnam but I tried as hard as I could. I fired at muzzle flashes in tile night, threw grenades during ambushes, ordered artillery and bombing where I thought tile enemy was. Whenever another platoon got a higher body count, I was disappointed: it was like suiting up for the football game and then not getting to play. After one ambush my men brought back the body of a North Vietnamese soldier. I later found the dead man propped against some C-ration boxes; he had on sunglasses, and a Playboy magazine lay open in his lap; a cigarette dangled jauntily from his mouth, and on his head was perched a large and perfectly formed piece of shit.
I pretended to be Outraged, since desecrating bodies was frowned on as un-American and counterproductive. But it wasn't outrage I felt. I kept my officer's face on, but inside I was... laughing. I laughed--I believe now--in part because of some subconscious appreciation of this obscene linkage of sex and excrement and 'death; and in part because of the exultant realization that he--whoever he had been--was dead and I--special, unique I me--was alive. He was my brother, but I knew him not. The line between life and death is gossamer thin; there is joy. true joy, in being alive when so many around you are not. And from the joy of being alive in death's presence to the joy of causing death is, unfortunately, not that great a step.
A lieutenant colonel I knew, a true intellectual, was put in charge of civil affairs, the work we did helping the Vietnamese grow rice and otherwise improve their lives. He was a sensitive man who kept a journal and seemed far better equipped for winning hearts and minds than for combat command. But he got one, and I remember flying out to visit his fire base the night after it had been attacked by an NVA sapper unit. Most of the combat troops I had been out on an operation, so this colonel mustered a motley crew of clerks and cooks and drove the sappers off, chasing them across tile rice paddies and killing dozens of these elite enemy troops by the light of flares. That morning, as they were surveying what they had done and loading the dead NVA--all naked and covered with grease and mud so they could penetrate the barbed wire--on mechanical mules like so much garbage, there was a look of beatific contentment on tile colonel's face that I had not seen except in charismatic churches. It was the look of a person transported into ecstasy.
And I--what did I do, confronted with this beastly scene? I smiled back. 'as filled with bliss as he was. That was another of the times I stood on the edge of my humanity, looked into the pit, and loved what I saw there. I had surrendered to an aesthetic that was divorced from that crucial quality of empathy that lets us feel the sufferings of others. And I saw a terrible beauty there. War is not simply the spirit of ugliness, although it is certainly that, the devil's work. But to give the devil his due,it is also an affair of great and seductive beauty.
Art and war were for ages as linked as art and religion. Medieval and Renaissance artists gave us cathedrals, but they also gave us armor sculptures of war, swords and muskets and cannons of great beauty, art offered to the god of war as reverently as the carved altars were offered to the god of love. War was a public ritual of the highest order, as the beautifully decorated cannons in the Invalids in Paris and the chariots with their depict ions of the gods in the Metropolitan Museum of Art so eloquently attest Men love their weapons, not simply for helping to keep them alive, but for a deeper reason. They love their rifles and their knives for the same reason that the medieval warriors loved their armor and their swords: they are instruments of beauty.
War is beautiful. There is something about a firefight at night, something about the mechanical elegance of an M -60 machine gun. They are everything they should be, perfect examples of their form. When you are firing out at night, the red racers go out into tile blackness is if you were drawing with a light pen. Then little dots of light start winking back, and green tracers from the AK-47s begin to weave ill with the red to form brilliant patterns that seem, given their great speeds, oddly timeless, as if they had been etched on the night. And then perhaps the gunships called Spooky come in and fire their incredible guns like huge hoses washing down from the sky, like something God would do when He was really ticked off. And then the flares pop, casting eerie shadows as they float down on their little parachutes, swinging in the breeze, and anyone who moves, in their light seems a ghost escaped from hell.
Daytime offers nothing so spectacular, but it also has its charms. Many men loved napalm, loved its silent power, the way it could make tree lines or houses explode as if by spontaneous combustion. But I always thought napalm was greatly overrated, unless you enjoy watching tires burn. I preferred white phosphorus, which exploded with a fulsome elegance, wreathing its target in intense and billowing white smoke, throwing out glowing red comets trailing brilliant white plumes I loved it more--not less --because of its function: to destroy, to kill. The seduction of War is in its offering such intense beauty--divorced from I all civilized values, but beauty still.
Most men who have been to war, and most women who have been around it, remember that never in their lives did they have so heightened a sexuality. War is, in short. a turn-on. War cloaks men in a coat that conceals the limits and inadequacies of their separate natures. It gives them all aura, a collective power, an almost animal force. They aren't just Billy or Johnny or Bobby, they are soldiers! But there's a price for all that: the agonizing loneliness of war, the way a soldier is cut off from everything that defines him as an individual--he is the true rootless man.
The uniform did that, too, and all that heightened sexuality is not much solace late it night when the emptiness comes.
There were many men for whom this condition led to great decisions. I knew a Marine in Vietnam who was a great rarity, an Ivy League graduate. He also had an Ivy League wife, but lie managed to fall in love with a Vietnamese bar girl who could barely speak English. She was not particularly attractive, a peasant girl trying to support her family He spent all his time with her, he fell in love with her--awkwardly informally, but totally. At the end of his twelve months in Vietnam he went home, divorced his beautiful, intelligent, and socially correct wife and then went back to Vietnam and proposed to the bar girl, who accepted. It was a marriage across a vast divide of language, culture, race, and class that could only have been made in war. I am not sure that it lasted, but it would not surprise me if despite great difficulties, it did.
Of course. for every such story there are hundreds. thousands, of stories of passing contacts, a man and a woman holding each other tight for one moment, finding in sex some escape from the terrible reality of tile war. The intensity that war brings to sex, the "let us love now because there may be no tomorrow," is based on death. No matter what our weapons on the battlefield, love is finally our only weapon against death. Sex is the weapon of life, the shooting sperm sent like an army of guerrillas to penetrate the egg's defenses is the only victory that really matters. War thrusts you into the well of loneliness, death breathing in your ear. Sex is a grappling hook that pulls you out, ends your isolation, makes you one with life again.
Not that such thoughts were anywhere near conscious. I remember going off to war with a copy of War and Peace and The Charterhouse of Parma stuffed into my pack. They were soon replaced with The Story of 0. War heightens all appetites. I cannot describe the ache for candy, for taste: I wanted a Mars bar more than I wanted anything in my life And that hunger paled beside the force that pushed it, et toward women, any women: women we would not even have looked at in peace floated into our fantasies and lodged there. Too often we made our fantasies real, always to be disappointed, our hunger only greater. The ugliest prostitutes specialized in group affairs, passed among several men or even whole squads, in communion almost, a sharing more than sexual. In sex even more than in killing I could see the beast, crouched drooling on its haunches, could see it mocking me for my frailties, knowing I hated myself for them but that I could not get enough, that I would keep coming back again and again.
After I ended my tour in combat I came back to work at division headquarters and volunteered one night a week teaching English to Vietnamese adults. One of my students was a beautiful girl whose parents had been killed in Hue during the Tet Offensive of 1968. She had fallen in love with an American civilian who worked at the consulate in Da Nang. He had left for his next duty station and promised he would send for her. She never heard from him again. She had a seductive sadness about her. I found myself seeing her after class, then I was sneaking into the motor pool and commandeering a deuce-and-a-half truck and driving into Da Nang at night to visit her. She lived in a small house near the consulate with her grandparents and brothers and sisters. It had one room divided by a curtain. When I arrived, the rest of the family would retire behind the curtain. Amid their hushed voices and the smells of cooking oil and rotted fish we would talk and fumble toward each other, my need greater than hers.
I wanted her desperately. But her tenderness and vulnerability, the torn flower of her beauty, frustrated my death-obsessed lust. I didn't see her as one Vietnamese, I saw her as all Vietnamese. She was the suffering soul of war, and I was the soldier who had wounded it but would make it whole. My loneliness was pulling me into the same strong current that had swallowed my friend who married the bar girl. I could see it happening, but I seemed powerless to stop it. I wrote her long poems, made inquiries about staying on in Da Nang, built a fantasy future for the two of us. I wasn't going to betray her the way the other American had, the way all Americans had, the way all men betrayed the women who helped them through the war. I wasn't like that. But then I received orders sending me home two weeks early. I drove into Da Nang to talk to her, and to make definite plans. Halfway there, I turned back.
At the airport I threw the poems into a trash can. When the wheels of the plane lifted off the soil of Vietnam, I cheered like everyone else. And as I pressed my face against the window and watched Vietnam shrink to a distant green blur and finally disappear, I felt sad and guilty--for her, for my comrades who had been killed and wounded, for everything. But that feeling was overwhelmed by my vast sense of relief. I had survived. And I was going home. I would be myself again, or so I thought.
But some fifteen years later she and the war are still on my mind, all those memories, each with its secret passages and cutbacks, hundreds of labyrinths, all leading back to a truth not safe but essential. It is about why we can love and hate, why we can bring forth Fe and snuff it out why each of us is a battleground where good and evil are always at war for our souls.
The power of war, like the power of love, springs from man's heart. The one yields death, the other life. But life without death has no meaning; nor, at its deepest level, does love without war. Without war we could not know from what depths love rises, or what power it must have to overcome such evil and redeem us. It is no accident that men love war, as love and war are at the core of man. It is not only that we must love one another or die. We must love one another and die. War, like death, is always with us, a constant companion, a secret sharer. To deny its seduction, to overcome death, our love for peace, for life itself, must be greater than we think possible, greater even than we can imagine.
Hiers and I were skiing down a mountain in Vermont, flying effortlessly over a world cloaked in white, beautiful, innocent, peaceful. On the ski lift up we had been talking about a different world, hot, green, smelling of decay and death, where each step out of the mud took all our strength. We stopped and looked back, the air pure and cold, our breath coming in puffs of vapor. Our children were following us down the hill, bent over, little balls of life racing on the edge of danger.
Hiers turned to me with a smile and said, "It's a long way from Nam isn't it?"
by William Broyles
I will tell you what war is. War is a psychosis caused by an inability to see relationships. Our relationship with our fellow-men. Our relationship with our economic and historical situation. And above all our relationship to nothingness. To death. - John Fowles
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Theodore Roosevelt wanted a war, and almost any war would do. In 1886, when he was a 27-year-old gentleman rancher in the Dakota Territory, he proposed raising some companies of horse riflemen out here in the event of trouble with Mexico. He wrote his friend Congressman Henry Cabot Lodge: Will you telegraph me at once if war becomes inevitable? In 1889, while agitating for military preparedness, he wrote British diplomat Cecil Spring-Rice: Frankly, I dont know if I should be sorry to see a bit of a spar with Germany; the burning of New York and a few other seacoast cities would be a good object lesson on the need of an adequate system of coastal defenses. Roosevelt loved hyperbole, but he was apparently serious. He wrote Spring-Rice, While we would have to take some awful blows at first, I think in the end we would worry the Kaiser a little. A few years later, in 1894, he wrote a family friend, Bob Ferguson, that he longed for a general national buccaneering expedition to drive the Spanish out of Cuba, the English out of Canada.
In my new book, The War Lovers, I tell this storyof Roosevelt, and of how we became involved in the Spanish-American Waras a way of understanding the ancient pull of the battlefield. I was, in part, trying to understand my own attitude on the Iraq War. As a NEWSWEEK journalist writing about that conflict (from a safe distance), I had initially been hawkish, then regretful as the costs mounted. The war may, in some muddled way, achieve some of its objectives, but it is clear that too many journalists, including me, caught at least a mild dose of war fever between 9/11 and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. I looked to the past to come to terms with those impulses.
Now were almost a decade into the Long War, as some call our engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan and the ongoing struggle with Islamic extremism. A kind of war weariness has set in. To most people the fighting seems far off and, in a way, easy to ignore. Not coincidentally, perhaps, a recent spate of books and movies has arrived seeking to make graphic and realistic the true experience of war, most notably the Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker and War, the Sebastian Junger volume of war reportage we excerpted in the previous article. These are cautionary tales that seek to make us understand and remember. They may for a time dampen the age-old atavistic lust for war, though war fever, I believe, never really goes away. It is too fundamental to the male psyche.
Roosevelt was a true war lover. Whether he was trying to compensate for his beloved father, who bought a draft substitute in the Civil War, or because, as he often wrote, he feared that the Anglo-Saxon race was becoming overcivilized and weak, Roosevelt wanted to test himself in the crucible of battle. He got his wish on July 1, 1898, charging up Kettle and San Juan hills with his Rough Riders in Cuba. (Did I tell you that I killed a Spaniard with my own hand? Roosevelt exclaimed in a letter to Lodge.) That seemed to satisfy his war lust, for a time. As president, TR preferred to talk softly but carry a big stick. Still, in 1917, overweight and increasingly infirm at 58, the former president of the United States volunteered to raise a division to fight in France. (Not wanting to make Roosevelt a hero or a martyr, President Woodrow Wilson declined.)
Roosevelt was an extreme case. But how many men, over how many millennia, have wanted to know how they would do in combat? Would they be brave and fight? Or would they cringe and run? War has been, for almost all peoples and all times, the purest test of manhood. It is a thrilling addiction and a wretched cursea force that gives us meaning, as former New York Times war correspondent Chris Hedges has writtenand the ruination of peoples and nations.
Men and (now increasingly) women fight wars for all sorts of reasons, sometimes out of nobility or at least necessity. We think of the Good War, World War II, whose warriors are fast dying off now, honored in their passing. But before the Good War was the Great War, as it was known at the time. The outbreak of the First World War in August 1914 was greeted with something like euphoria by the young men who flocked to the colors. British schoolmates and teammates formed Pals Battalions, and sometimes advanced on German positions while passing a soccer ball. They were slaughtered. At the Battle of the Somme in 1916, roughly 20,000 British soldiers perished in a single day.
Every war is ironic because every war is worse than expected, wrote Paul Fussell in The Great War and Modern Memory. The Somme affair, destined to be known as the Great F--k Up, was the largest engagement fought since the beginning of civilization. There have been larger and deadlier battles since, though, as war has become at once more modern and more primitive; the armed conflicts increasingly involved civilians, not just soldiers.
And yet, somehow, we forget. A collective amnesia afflicts young men who wish to live up to their fathers, and old men who missed war as young men. In the 1890s, not just Roosevelt but a good slice of his countrymen were possessed by a hunger for war. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., later perhaps the greatest of U.S. Supreme Court justices, put on his Civil War uniform and lectured young Harvard students that war was divine, not to be missed. The U.S. president, William McKinley, who had seen the dead stacked up at Antietam as a Civil War soldier, tried to resist the rush to battle. But he was swept aside by hawks like Roosevelt and William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper publisher who would claim, with some exaggeration, that he personally caused the Spanish-American War with his sensationalist crusading.
It was a splendid little war, John Hay, the U.S. ambassador to Britain, wrote Roosevelt in August 1898. The Americans had driven the Spanish from Cuba. But another, unexpected conflict was just starting in the Philippines, halfway around the world. The U.S. Navy had defeated a Spanish fleet at Manila Bay, and now the Americans were unintentional occupiers of a country that President McKinley said he could barely find on a map. The fighting in the Philippines dragged on for four more years and cost 4,000 men, roughly the same number we have lost so far in Iraq. There were atrocities on both sides in the long-forgotten counterinsurgency against the Filipinos, and for the first time Americans used an interrogation method called waterboarding.
My own appreciation of war, while particular to my generation, is an uncomfortably familiar history lesson in war and remembranceor forgetting. I graduated from college in 1973, too late for Vietnam and in any case shielded by a high number in the national draft lottery. I was, like almost all my peers, opposed to the war and glad to miss it. Yet as time went on I felt increasingly uneasy about the realization that my type had been able largely to avoid the war, while less well-educated and poorer young men were drafted and killed. (In Memorial Church at Harvard, one can read the names of 234 students and faculty who died fighting in World War II, which cost 405,399 American lives, and 22 who perished in Vietnam, where 59,000 Americans died.)
For a long time, it seemed, we wanted to forget about Vietnam, to turn away from its cost and futility. But watching the movie Forrest Gump in 1994, I had a flash of recognition. The unlikely hero was Gump, unself-conscious in his Army dress uniform with combat medals at a peace rally on the Washington Mall. The villains were the scruffy antiwar protesters (Gump got the girl). It was apparent to me that the national mood was changing; Hollywood certainly could sense it. We were over Vietnamand ready for the next war.
The Gulf War of 1991 was, curiously, not sufficiently bloody to be gloriousfought and won in less than 100 hours at the cost of fewer than 300 Americans (half of those the result of noncombat accidents). It was quickly overlooked. As the 1990s went on, there was a feeling that we hadnt finished the job of getting rid of Saddam HusseinI know I felt it. But since 9/11, with the prolonged wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, weve now had our fill of fighting. Were back to the phase where movies and memoirs capture wars darker side. War should not be mythologized, but it should be remembered. It is well that war is so terrible, Gen. Robert E. Lee once observed, lest we grow too fond of it.
here is another great book, which i highly recommend. it has been some time since i read this, but the information within was essential to me. it really gave me good insight into myself and others.
The Territorial Imperative A Personal Inquiry Into the Animals Origins of Property and Nations
In this book, Robert Ardrey writes about the natural tendency for people to be territorial, to need their personal space, their own home, their own territory.
Educated as an anthropologist, a playwright by profession, Robert Ardrey returned to the field in 1955 with a visit in Africa to view old bones. Out of his reawakening came "African Genesis", a book about evolution. In "The Territorial Imperative" he climbs farther out on a limb to present territory as a fundamental aspect of man's nature along with the will to survive and the sexual impulse. In this book Ardrey attributes many historical events and international problems, such as modem warfare and the difficulties of emerging nations, to mans inability to assess and to control his territorial instincts. The author aims to exhibit and explain mans animal nature and the influence of instinct on our daily decisions. In this respect the subtitle of the book was well chosen, since it is truly a personal inquiry.
"We act as we do for reasons of our evolutionary past, not our cultural present." ~ Robert Ardrey
you could sum the book up in this one sentence, and although i do not necessarily agree with everything the author writes, the book is still worth reading and referencing.
this guy manages to write out most of the question/answer prayer/conversations i have had inside my head for almost all of my life. it seems that many of us have these spiritual thoughts and doubts. his books contain some great ideas, but i do not agree with all of them.
Silence is impossible. Silence screams. Silence is a message, just as doing nothing is an act. ~ Leonard Peltier
Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darόber muss man schweigen.
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Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be quiet.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
I have nothing to say, and I am saying it, and that is poetry. ~ John Cage
Language is an instrument of reason, and not merely a medium for the expression of thought. ~ George Boole
You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts. ~ Khalil Gibran
No hables a menos que puedas mejorar el silencio.
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Don΄t speak unless you can improve on silence.
~ Jorge Luis Borges
Words. Words. I play with words, hoping that some combination, even a chance combination, will say what I want. ~ Doris Lessing
I intend to stop speaking before you stop listening. ~ George J. Mitchell
If a picture is worth a thousand words then a symbol is worth a thousand pictures. ~ Jay Weidner
A picture held us captive. And we could not get outside it, for it lay in our language and language seemed to repeat it to us inexorably. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
Words in the head are like voices underwater. They are distorted. ~ Jeanette Winterson
Words are slippery and thought is viscous. ~ Henry Adams
Stop the words now. Open the window in the center of your chest, and let the spirits fly in and out. ~ Maulana Jalal al-Din Rumi
La parole, c'est une charge de fusil, si elle s'echappe on ne peut pas la rattraper.
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Speech, it is a load from a gun, if it escapes you cannot recapture it.
~ Guillaume Vadot
There are four things that come not back: The spoken word, The sped arrow, The past life, The neglected opportunity. ~ Omar Khayyαm
ΏQuι serα del corazσn si el Amor no tiene flechas?
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What will become of the heart if Love has no arrows?
~ Federico Garcνa Lorca
Language fits over experience like a straitjacket. ~ William Golding
When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less. ~ Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)
A joke says what it has to say, not always in few words, but in too few words - that is, in words that are insufficient by strict logic or by common modes of thought and speech. It may even say what it has to say by not saying it. ~ Theodor Lipps
I sit and say nothing for fear My words will turn to stone And though they are sincere, They will become a prison of their own. ~ Garrison Keillor
Worry is the traitor in our camp that dampens our powder, weakens our aim. ~ William George Jordon
Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength. ~ Charles Spurgeon
Sticks and stones can break our bones, but words can break our hearts. ~ Holley Gerth
No one can ever heap enough insults upon me to suit my taste. I think we all really thrive on hostility, because it's the most intense kind of massage the ego can undergo. Other people's indifference is the only horror. ~ Paul Bowles
Notwithstanding that I felt it was nothing less than inhuman to laugh at a scene so fraught with melancholy features, I could not restrain my mirth. The sounds which issued from my cruel throat awoke a myriad mocking echoes in the darkness, and from every point of surrounding space came derisive laughter. ~ Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
Lost in forever night. Echoes in the darkness Silence beats me down. ~ Angela Nicole Singh
Let chaos storm! Let cloud shapes swarm! I wait for form. ~ Robert Frost
Geometry is one and eternal shining in the mind of God. ~ Johannes Kepler
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. ~ Theodore Parker
It's still dark but you know the day is coming. Blue is bleeding through black. Stars are dying. ~ Markus Zusak
Investigations are like whispers in the wind, echoes in the darkness. You listen carefully and they will lead you. ~ Valentino Zavala
And now you'd like to know how I saw black stars in a white night sky. I set my inward-gazing mind reversing through my outward eye. You can do it, too, now try. ~ JonArno Lawson
Dont do it. Unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket, unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder, dont do it. Unless the sun inside you is burning your gut, dont do it. ~ Charles Bukowski
Don't think! Feel. It is like a finger pointing a way to the moon. Don't concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory. ~ Bruce Lee Jun Fan
Strange is the night where black stars rise, And strange moons circle through the skies. ~ Robert W. Chambers
Il sereno θ cosparso dorribili soli morti, Sedimenti densissimi datomi stritolati. Da loro non emana che disperata gravezza, Non energia, non messaggi, non particelle, non luce; La luce stessa ricade, rotta dal proprio peso.
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The serene is sprinkled with horrible dead suns, Dense sediments of crushed atoms. From them only emanates desperate gravity, No energy, no messages, no particles, no light; The light itself falls, broken by its own weight
~ Primo Levi
You can hide from man but not from your conscience. You eat the bread of sorrow, drink the wine of violence. Allow yourself to be conquered by the serpent. Why did you disobey the first commandment? ~ Mark Anthony Myrie
Crime had done nothing to sober those who are seemingly drunk on the wine of violence. ~ Donnie K Martin
Theres no wine like the bloods crimson! ~ Ezra Pound
The truth is a weapon of evil when possessed by wicked people. ~ Lorenzo King
A truth that's told with bad intent, beats all the lies you can invent. ~ William Blake
El que busca la verdad corre el riesgo de encontrarla.
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Who searches for truth runs the risk of encountering it.
~ Isabel Allende
And yet there is one thing that is more dangerous than Truth. Those who would silence Truths voice are more destructive by far. ~ Frances Hardinge
Poetry must not be dictated. ~ Koyamparambath Satchidanandan
Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
The right reader of a good poem can tell the moment it strikes him that he has taken an immortal wound - that he will never get over it. ~ Robert Frost
Understanding is a three-edged sword. Your side, my side, and the truth. ~ J. Michael Straczynski
People understand the energy necessary to maintain their own shields, but not the energy expended by other people. They understand that their own sanity is a performance, but when confronted by other people they confuse the person with the role. ~ Keith Johnstone
Asusta pensar que acaso las admiraciones mαs sinceras que tenemos son las de las personas que no nos han comprendido.
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It's frightening to think that maybe the people that admire us most sincerely are those that have not understood us.
~ Benito Pιrez Galdσs
All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret. ~ Gabriel Garcνa Mαrquez
On the tree of silence hangs the fruit of peace. The secret thou wouldst not tell to thine enemy, tell it not to thy friend. ~ Helena Petrovna von Hahn
There are some things that you need to keep to yourself, 'cause privacy makes things last longer. ~ Brandy Rayana Norwood
If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself. ~ George Orwell
If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm any hostility. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Mens dominating or violent behavior could actually be an expression of victimization. ~ Richard Goodwin
Defeat your enemies with success. ~ Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr.
The more bitter our enemy's hatred, the greater his need of love. ~ Dietrich Bonhφffer
Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood. ~ George Orwell
He who is reluctant to recognize me opposes me. ~ Frantz Fanon
If what I say resonates with you, it is merely because we are both branches on the same tree. ~ William Butler Yeats
Homo sum : humani nihil a me alienum puto.
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I am human, I consider nothing that is human alien to me.
~ Publius Terentius Afer
I am a human being, not a human doing. ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
If an experiment does not hold out the possibility of causing one to revise one's views, it is hard to see why it should be done at all. ~ Peter B. Medawar
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. ~ Neale Donald Walsch
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. ~ Martin Buber
The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists. ~ J.Edgar Hoover
I know no other way out of what is both the maze of the eternal present and the prison of the self except with a string of words. ~ Lewis Lapham
The butterfly just floats through life As careless as a bubble. I walk a stern and moral path. A soul is lots of trouble. ~ Margaret French McLean
Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue. ~ Eugene O'Neill
Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. ~ Apostle James
That which causes us trials shall yield us triumph. ~ Albert Pike
Ich lehre euch den άbermenschen. Der Mensch ist Etwas, das όberwundenwerden soll. Was habt ihr gethan, ihn zu όberwinden?
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I teach you the overman. Man is something that shall be overcome. What have you done to overcome him?
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
"I shall apply myself seriously and freely to the general destruction of all my former opinions." ~ Rene Descartes
"It is in the smallness of the debris that they can see the enormity of the disaster." ~ Tony Walters
A new ego cannot be formed directly from the previous ego, but from fragments, more or less elementary products of its disintegration. ~ Sαndor Ferenczi
A broken heart bleeds tears. ~ Steve Maraboli
Moral wounds have this peculiarity - they may be hidden, but they never close; always painful, always ready to bleed when touched, they remain fresh and open in the heart. ~ Alexandre Dumas
If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? ~ William Shakespeare
That probably greatest of narcissistic wounds - not to have been loved just as one truly was - cannot heal without the work of mourning. ~ Alice Miller
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. ~ Ernest Hemingway
You can write out of your own intention or out of inspiration. ~ Joseph Campbell
Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
An amateur practices something until he gets it right. A professional practices until he can't get it wrong! ~ Barry Green
Act as if you have already achieved your goal and it is yours. ~ Robert Anthony
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard, are sweeter. ~ John Keats
The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colors in your mind. ~ Maria Cristina Mena
All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself. ~ Johann Sebastian Bach
Mag man sich des Zwangs erinnern, unter dem bisher jede Sprache es zur Stδrke und Freiheit gebracht, des metrischen Zwangs, der Tyrannei von Reim und Rhythmus. Wie viel Not haben sich in jedem Volke die Dichter und die Redner gemacht!
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Think of the coercion every language has employed in achieving its strength and freedom: the metric compulsion, the tyranny of rhyme and rhythm. How much distress the poets and orators of every culture have created for themselves.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment does not know the first thing about either. ~ Marshall McLuhan
Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I'm doing. ~ Wernher Magnus Maximilian (Freiherr von Braun)
Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. ~ Pablo Picasso
The ability to reduce everything to simple fundamental laws does not imply the ability to start from these laws and reconstruct the universe. ~ Philip Warren Anderson
We have no right to assume that any physical laws exist, or if they have existed up to now, that they will continue to exist in a similar manner in the future. ~ Max Planck
Conventions cramp my sweeping style. Why should I be ruled by custom? Rules were only made, I think. For those who are too weak to bust'em. ~ Nat Alle Dunn
Rules are made to be broken for a price. ~ Victor Koman
To extract from the restriction itself a further delicate thought, like good poets whom the tyranny of rhyme forces into the discovery of their finest lines. ~ Marcel Proust
Be ready to play what you know and play above what you know. ~ Miles Davis
There is no orchestral score up there with every note assigned and waiting. We are, at best, an aleotoric performance. Cacaphony and discord are inevitable, yet infinite combinations await us. ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce
Only poetry or madness could do justice to the noises. ~ Howard Phillips Lovecraft
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. ~ Robert Nesta Marley
There's joy in repetition. Joy in repetition. ~ Prince Rogers Nelson
The joy of recognition is joy in power, a joy in the overcoming of a difficulty. ~ Sigmund Freud
Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the State always change with them. ~ Plato
I learned to play the instruments of war and paint in blood. ~ Cassandra Clare
I never painted dreams, I painted reality. ~ Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderσn
Life is a big canvas, throw all the paint on it you can. ~ David Daniel Kaminsky
Use your blood to paint. Keep painting until you faint. ~ Yoko Ono
Sane compositions never reach perfection, but are utterly eclipsed by the performances of the inspired madman. ~ Socrates
Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one. ~ George Orwell
The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness. ~ Christopher Morley
The exhausting oscillation between agony and ecstasy is a familiar torment to most great artists. ~ Rossana Zaera
Hay un cierto placer en la locura, que solo el loco conoce.
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There΄s a certain pleasure in madness that only the madman knows.
~ Pablo Neruda
All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher. ~ Ambrose Bierce
The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways. The point, however, is to change it. ~ Karl Marx
The business of the philosopher was to make ideas available, and not to impose them on people. ~ Terence Hanbury White
What objectivity and the study of philosophy requires is not an 'open mind', but an active mind - a mind able and eagerly willing to examine ideas, but to examine them critically. ~ Ayn Rand
If you keep your mind sufficiently open, people will throw a lot of rubbish into it. ~ William Orton
Any 'balanced' presentation fools people into accepting its boundaries, biasing them without their knowledge. Beware the bias of balance! ~ Bernard Jackson
Tatsδchlich sind die einsame Lampe und das Spiel der Spiegel und Schatten in der Seele des Subjekts ein Motiv, mit dem immer wieder die Reichweite und die Beschrδnkungen des Denkens erklδrt werden.
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In fact, the lone bulb and the play of mirrors and shadows in the soul of the subject is a motif, with which the scope and limitations of thought are explained over and over again.
~ William Dνaz
The seat of the soul is there where the inner and outer worlds meet. ~ Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr (Novalis)
There is always an inner game being played in your mind no matter what outer game you are playing. How you play this game usually makes the difference between success and failure. ~ W. Timothy Gallwey
Science is the art of systematic simplification. ~ Karl Popper
The scientific form expresses as an insatiable appetite, an intellectual concupiscence desiring more than the very stars could ever assuage. ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce
The whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth. ~ Umberto Eco
La piedra que cae y la luna que no cae representan un solo y mismo fenσmeno.
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The stone that falls and the moon that doesn΄t fall represent one and the same phenomenon.
~ Ernesto Sabato
To search thoroughly for the truth involves a searching of souls as well as of spectra. ~ Georges Henri Joseph Ιdouard Lemaξtre
We are quite at ease in this no man's land of ignorance and doubt and dispute, absorbed in the ambiguities of trying to reach truth by mixing fact with invention. ~ Barry Unsworth
My voice is like a rumour. I'm not sure if it came out or not, or if it is true. ~ Markus Zusak
Poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings. ~ Wystan Hugh Auden
Feelings offer us a glimpse of what goes on in our flesh. ~ Antonio Damasio
Feelings are not supposed to be logical. Dangerous is the man who has rationalized his emotions. ~ David Borenstein
Emotional health and spiritual maturity are inseparable. ~ Peter Scazzero
Some have washed away guilt with tears; some have murdered their own souls, drowning them in innocent blood. ~ Grace Stebbing
I weep, 'tis true; but I swear They're tears of vengeance; drops of liquid fire! So marble weeps, when flames surround the quarry, And the pil'd oaks spout forth such scalding bubbles, Before the general blaze. ~ Nathaniel Lee
The sleep of reason produces monsters. ~ Francisco de Goya
I too have a particular monster, a toad or worm curled in the belly, stirring, eating at times I cannot foretell, he is the thing I can admit only once to anyone, never to those who have not their own. ~ Keith Douglas
Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit in with the core belief. ~ Frantz Fanon
These are facts which are neither denied nor acknowledged but are met with an unbreakable conspiracy of silence - because to deny them would be too obviously absurd and to acknowledge them would condemn the central preoccupation of modern society as a crime against humanity. ~ Ernst Friedrich Schumacher
A deep flaw - perhaps the most tragic in human nature - makes delusional hallucinators of us all, blinding our eyes to any evidence that runs counter to our favorite dogmas. ~ David Brin
The only thing for which we can thank those superstitious dogmatists is that they act as an anvil, on which the fiery hammer of free thought forges the blade of Truth. ~ Nicholas Roerich
Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
It is easy to lie with statistics. It is hard to tell the truth without statistics. ~ Andrejs Dunkels
Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors. ~ Thomas Henry Huxley
It is a happy faculty of the mind to slough that which conscience refuses to assimilate. ~ William Faulkner
I feel my darkness wrap my morals in chains Knock my conscience unconscious So I can taste that thrill again ~ Cιcile Doo-Kinguι
It is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions. ~ Jassamyn West
I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine. Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose. ~ John Burdon Sanderson Haldane
There are two basic modes of thought when trying to understand and reconstruct the past; coincidence theory and conspiracy theory. ~ Rainer Zellner
Coincidence theory is as commonplace as conspiracy theory. It's less tenable because it contradicts the laws of chance. ~ Robert Lockwood Mills
An interesting theory can always outrun a set of facts. ~ Audrey Holliday
All processes that are stable we shall predict, and all processes that are unstable we shall control. ~ John von Neumann
In theory, there should be no difference between theory and practice, but in practice, there is. ~ William T. Harbaugh
One should never spoil a good theory by explaining it. ~ Sir William Osler
All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter. ~ Max Planck
Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real. ~ Niels Bohr
The concrete is a combination of abstractions. ~ Lev Davidovich Bronstein
You can't alter the law of gravity by constantly shifting your weight. ~ Willi Heinrich
From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free. ~ Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Learn to dance with electrons and navigate in a cloud of data. ~ Frank Ogden
You just can't fall when you get into the rhythm of the dance. ~ Jack Kerouac
There is a natural rhythm for everything in the world; the so-called divine order. We are to keep up the same, subservient to its variations. When human manipulation affects this order, it makes a resentful noise and we call it the melody of malady. ~ Joseph Poothakuzhy
Let nothing be called natural in an age of bloody confusion, ordered disorder, planned caprice, and dehumanized humanity, lest all things be held unalterable! ~ Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht
The literal and the metaphorical mix in one medley of malady. The world is stricken. The prophecy is sadly but brilliantly and systematically fulfilled. ~ Robert Donaldson
Beating a melody of malady and woe Taunted and tossed Distraught, crushed and crossed Calling and clinging to passions now lost ~ Carl Cone
Sometime theyll give a war and nobody will come. ~ Carl Sandburg
To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. ~ Karl Heinrich Marx
While on the one hand war is utterly opposed to all the recognized canons of morality, it yet elicits qualities which are agreed to be of the highest moral value and induces in the belligerent populations a sort of moral fervour which is hard to bring about by any other means. ~ John Carl Flόgel
Breathe through your heart and think in your language. ~ Gunarjie O'Sullivan
The brain is the hardware of the soul. ~ Daniel Gregory Amen
All art is unstable. Its meaning is not necessarily that implied by the author. There is no authoritative voice. There are only multiple readings. ~ David Robert Jones
Art is not a mirror, but a hammer: it does not reflect, it shapes. ~ Lev Davidovich Bronstein
In the hands of an honest man, drawing could be a weapon against evil. ~ Ralph Steadman
Art is somewhat like spit. It does not repulse or even worry us while it is still inside of us, but once it exits our body, it becomes disgusting. ~ Ivan Brunetti
Art is excess. ~ Jeannette Winterson
Excess is excrement. ~ Ursula Kroeber Le Guin
Fine art is excess par excellence. ~ Yinka Shonibare
The universe is made of stories, not atoms. ~ Muriel Rukeyser
Lo que llamamos absurdo es nuestra ignorancia.
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That which we name absurd is our own ignorance.
~ Julio Cortαzar
Prorsus credibile est, quia ineptum est.
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In fact, it is believable because it is ridiculous.
~ Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it. ~ Roald Dahl
Magick is the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with will. ~ Aleister Crowley
You are unrepeatable. There is a magic about you that is all your own. ~ D.M. Dellinger
Your heart is a weapon the size of your fist. Keep fighting. Keep loving. ~ Leah Wilson
Wenn das Volk entwaffnet ist Kommt der Krieg
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When the people are disarmed War will come
~ Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht
There is a reason for every war and a war for every reason. ~ William Broyles Jr.
Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience. ~ Harper Lee
Bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask him to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him. ~ Anton Szandor LaVey
To feel envy is human, to savour schadenfreude is devilish. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
Hatred is a feeling that's mutated with time, into something much more sublime. To kill without passion, a new ability. I slay with a new efficiency. ~ Dave Brockie
Technology has dispensed with the need for hand-to-hand combat, to walk through the mud, or to smell the blood. Ever more clinical and devoid of passion, the act of killing no longer requires anger and rage. Instead, the decision to kill will be cool and calculated. ~ Pervez Hoodbhoy
In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think its impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them.... I destroy them. ~ Orson Scott Card
You can't build a relationship with a hammer. ~ Charles Bukowski
Yet each man kills the thing he loves, By each let this be heard, Some do it with a bitter look, Some with a flattering word. The coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword! ~ Oscar Wilde
You hesitate to stab me with a word, and know not - silence is the sharper sword. ~ Samuel Johnson
The eye can damage a man more seriously than sword or staff. After the opening slice is made with the eye, the sword or staff slips in effortlessly. ~ Eiji Yoshikawa
Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
By this means we may snatch his soul out of the enemys hands. For if we do good to a bad man he comes thereby to have a perception of good. ~ Pakhomius
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. ~ Isaac Asimov
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it a someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ~ Siddhartha Gautama
Indulge not thyself in the passion of anger; it is whetting a sword to wound thine own breast, or murder thy friend. ~ Akhenaton
Most people seek after what they do not possess and are enslaved by the very things they want to acquire. ~ Anwar El~Sadat
And they are ignorant that the purpose of the sword is to save every man from slavery. ~ Marcus Annaeus Lucanus
A sword that could not fulfill its function would be ugly to my eyes no matter how fair its shape, not even if it were adorned with the finest jewels and the most intricate engraving. ~ Christopher Paolini
He who does not fear the sword he holds is not worthy of holding a sword. ~ Tite Kubo
When your thinking rises above concern for your own welfare, wisdom which is independent of thought appears. ~ Yamamoto Tsunenori
Great writers wield their words like a weapon; a double-edged sword to strike their readers with truth where they least expect it. ~ Matthew Forgenti
Truth is a weapon: Well grasp the hilt, let coprophagic proctocranials fumble with the blade. ~ Lloyd Martin Hendaye
The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived, and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. ~ John F. Kennedy
Truth is one forever absolute, but opinion is truth filtered through the moods, the blood, the disposition of the spectator. ~ Wendell Phillips
Health consists of having the same diseases as one's neighbors. ~ Dennis Goycoolea (Quentin Crisp)
Do not believe yourself healthy. Immortality is health; this life is a long sickness. ~ Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis
I am a deeply superficial person. ~ Andrew Warhola
Seeking excellence means choosing to forge your own sword to cut through the limitations of your life. ~ James Murphy
Some things are consumed by flames. Others, transformed. ~ Michael French
Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. ~ Fred Shero
It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that! ~ Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)
plenty of snack food for thought, in bite-size chunks. caution: chew before swallowing to avoid choking hazard. if indigestion occurs, do not induce vomiting.
it is my hope that this will be here for years to come to help future survivors long after i am gone. so take your time. it took me a lifetime to accumulate these gold nuggets. i have tried to condense volumes of information into chewable chunks, without choking hazards.
these books and words have been so helpful to me throughout my life, i had to share them. it would be selfish and negligent of me to do otherwise.
of course, others may not enjoy the same effects, so it is good to hear some positive feedback.
thank you so much for your encouraging words. it means a lot to me to know that my efforts have had some good results.
"In the age of face-to-face fighting, it perhaps made sense to talk of courage and gallantry. But in the age of science, believing in heroes and martyrs is futile. Killing is merely technical work, valour is a meaningless concept and war is stupid and irrational. While our emotions resemble those of our remote ancestors who clubbed and beat one another to death, cultural evolution has drastically changed all the conditions of human life. So, let us de-glorify war and remove the military junk littering our roads and public squares. Both nationalism and war have become highly dangerous anachronisms."
"In a world where battles will be fought by silicon chips, there can be no heroes and martyrs just victims. For the most part, technology has dispensed with the need for hand-to-hand combat, to walk through the mud, or to smell the blood. Ever more clinical and devoid of passion, the act of killing no longer requires anger and rage. Instead, the decision to kill will be cool and calculated. So, will this reduce the desire to hurt, maim, or kill other members of the human species? Is this good news or bad?" Pervez Hoodbhoy Killing Without Passion, War Without Valour
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Old memories: on September 6, 1965, our class teacher at Karachi Grammar School announced that India had invaded Pakistan and that President Ayub Khan had declared war. I whooped with joy, but it wasnt because I hated Indians. My delight came from the delicious anticipation of the battles now to be fought with fighter aircraft, tanks and warships. Best of all, wed now see more deeds of valour and more heroes of war like Major Tufail Muhammed, my number one hero. For years I had read of his epic fight in different newspapers and magazines. Machine gun bullets had ripped through his stomach while his company was fighting off Indian intruders from across the border into East Pakistan. But the Major kept throwing grenades and finally killed an enemy commander by pounding him with his helmet.
The declaration of war was a young boys dream come true. Pumping the pedals furiously, I bicycled the distance from Soldier Bazaar to the PAF Recruiting Centre on Ingle Road in record time. Disappointed when I was told that I was too young at 15 to enlist in the air force, I rushed to Napier Barracks only to have a friendly major chuckle and refuse my proffered services to the army. My neighbourhoods civil defence team was the highest to which I could rise, and hearing ack-ack guns firing at Indian bombers over Karachi was the closest I ever got to seeing action.
Decades later, I can coolly reflect upon my earlier enthusiasm for blood and sacrifice. It was no different from what a lot of young people everywhere have within them. War, aggression and territoriality are instincts that all primates particularly libidinous males have inherited from our early ape ancestors. Equipped by Nature with a limbic system, a primitive part of our brains operates below the horizon of consciousness. Survival needs had made it necessary for humans to be programmed to feel fear and rage, making it easy to kill when emotions are suitably aroused.
But what if emotions are not aroused? This issue is epitomized by the soulless killing machines called drones that endlessly circle the skies over Waziristan. They are piloted remotely from 6,000-7,000 miles away at some air force base in the United States. The drone pilots are normal office workers, not warriors. These men and women, safely out of harms way, return home daily to sleep in the same bed. The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) they control with joysticks await a target patiently, swoop down to a few thousand feet, release a missile and then climb back to safety. Their targets Taliban and al Qaeda militants have been trained almost from birth to kill or be killed. But they are no match for the drones; these men of war have rightly learned to fear the new robotic weapons. Of course, so do innocents who know that they too, could be blown up mistakenly.
Drones have followed naturally from earlier robotic weapons. Perhaps, the World War II acoustic torpedo, whether launched by a submarine or air-dropped, was the first truly robotic weapon. You turned it lose and it would mercilessly hunt down its prey a naval vessel or a merchant ship and terminate it. But ultimately, it too needed a human to select the target. Killing by drones is no different from killing by piloted aircraft or computerised long-range artillery. Now this, too, is about to change.
In the next generation, beyond drones lie the so-called fully autonomous weapons. Perhaps, 20 years away or less, they are already the subject of debate. The Pentagon has said it will certainly proceed to develop and acquire them, while the Human Rights Watch is saying that they should be banned. Sometimes called killer robots, these are weapon systems that will function without human intervention. Neither passion nor compassion will affect what they do. In a fraction of a second, the armed robot will itself select the target, track it and then determine when to fire. Humans will be unnecessary, except for deciding upon the algorithm that the robot needs for telling friend from foe.
In a world where battles will be fought by silicon chips, there can be no heroes and martyrs just victims. For the most part, technology has dispensed with the need for hand-to-hand combat, to walk through the mud, or to smell the blood. Ever more clinical and devoid of passion, the act of killing no longer requires anger and rage. Instead, the decision to kill will be cool and calculated. So, will this reduce the desire to hurt, maim, or kill other members of the human species? Is this good news or bad?
Good, if one follows the logic of Stephen Pinker. This well-known cognitive scientist at Harvard has amassed impressive quantitative evidence that the world of the past, which had just swords and spears, was much worse than the present. Wars between developed countries have vanished and, even in the developing world, wars kill only a fraction of the people they did a few decades ago. Of course, the world is not peaceful everywhere, such as here in Pakistan, but on average, it is more peaceful. The decline of violence, Pinker argues, owes to our better angels that steer us away from our inner demons that incline us towards revenge, sadism and tribalism.
It is these better angels to whom we must turn if we want our country to become peaceful some day. In the age of face-to-face fighting, it perhaps made sense to talk of courage and gallantry. But in the age of science, believing in heroes and martyrs is futile. Killing is merely technical work, valour is a meaningless concept and war is stupid and irrational. While our emotions resemble those of our remote ancestors who clubbed and beat one another to death, cultural evolution has drastically changed all the conditions of human life. So, let us de-glorify war and remove the military junk littering our roads and public squares. Both nationalism and war have become highly dangerous anachronisms.
"I've seen horrors... horrors that you've seen. But you have no right to call me a murderer. You have a right to kill me. You have a right to do that... but you have no right to judge me. It's impossible for words to describe what is necessary to those who do not know what horror means. Horror... Horror has a face... and you must make a friend of horror. Horror and moral terror are your friends. If they are not, then they are enemies to be feared. They are truly enemies! I remember when I was with Special Forces... seems a thousand centuries ago. We went into a camp to inoculate some children. We left the camp after we had inoculated the children for polio, and this old man came running after us and he was crying. He couldn't see. We went back there, and they had come and hacked off every inoculated arm. There they were in a pile. A pile of little arms. And I remember... I... I... I cried, I wept like some grandmother. I wanted to tear my teeth out; I didn't know what I wanted to do! And I want to remember it. I never want to forget it... I never want to forget. And then I realized... like I was shot... like I was shot with a diamond... a diamond bullet right through my forehead. And I thought, my God... the genius of that! The genius! The will to do that! Perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline, pure. And then I realized they were stronger than we, because they could stand that these were not monsters, these were men... trained cadres. These men who fought with their hearts, who had families, who had children, who were filled with love... but they had the strength... the strength... to do that. If I had ten divisions of those men, our troubles here would be over very quickly. You have to have men who are moral... and at the same time who are able to utilize their primordial instincts to kill without feeling... without passion... without judgment... without judgment! Because it's judgment that defeats us.
"On the question of racial discrimination... That until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned: That until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained; And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed; Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will; Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; Until that day, the African continent will not know peace. We Africans will fight, if necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil." H.I.M. Haile Selassie address to the United Nations Oct 6, 1963
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H.I.M. Haile Selassie address to the United Nations Oct 6, 1963
Mr. President, Distinguished Delegates: Twenty-seven years ago, as Emperor of Ethiopia, I mounted the rostrum in Geneva, Switzerland, to address the League of Nations and to appeal for relief from the destruction which had been unleashed against my defenseless nation, by the Fascist invader.I spoke then both to and for the conscience of the world. My words went unheeded, but history testifies to the accuracy of the warning that I gave in 1936.
Today, I stand before the world organization which has succeeded to the mantle discarded by its discredited predecessor. In this body is enshrined the principle of collective security which I unsuccessfully invoked at Geneva. Here, in this Assembly, reposes the best - perhaps the last - hope for the peaceful survival of mankind.
In 1936, I declared that it was not the Covenant of the League that was at stake, but international morality. Undertakings, I said then, are of little worth if the will to keep them is lacking. The Charter of the United Nations expresses the noblest aspirations of man: abjuration of force in the settlement of disputes between states; the assurance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion; the safeguarding of international peace and security.
But these, too, as were the phrases of the Covenant, are only words; their value depends wholly on our will to observe and honor them and give them content and meaning. The preservation of peace and the guaranteeing of man's basic freedoms and rights require courage and eternal vigilance: courage to speak and act - and if necessary, to suffer and die - for truth and justice; eternal vigilance, that the least transgression of international morality shall not go undetected and unremedied. These lessons must be learned anew by each succeeding generation, and that generation is fortunate indeed which learns from other than its own bitter experience. This Organization and each of its members bear a crushing and awesome responsibility: to absorb the wisdom of history and to apply it to the problems of the present, in order that future generations may be born, and live, and die, in peace.
The record of the United Nations during the few short years of its life affords mankind a solid basis for encouragement and hope for the future. The United Nations has dared to act, when the League dared not in Palestine, in Korea, in Suez, in the Congo. There is not one among us today who does not conjecture upon the reaction of this body when motives and actions are called into question. The opinion of this Organization today acts as a powerful influence upon the decisions of its members. The spotlight of world opinion, focused by the United Nations upon the transgressions of the renegades of human society, has thus far proved an effective safeguard against unchecked aggression and unrestricted violation of human rights.
The United Nations continues to sense as the forum where nations whose interests clash may lay their cases before world opinion. It still provides the essential escape valve without which the slow build-up of pressures would have long since resulted in catastrophic explosion. Its actions and decisions have speeded the achievement of freedom by many peoples on the continents of Africa and Asia. Its efforts have contributed to the advancement of the standard of living of peoples in all corners of the world.
For this, all men must give thanks. As I stand here today, how faint, how remote are the memories of 1936.How different in 1963 are the attitudes of men. We then existed in an atmosphere of suffocating pessimism. Today, cautious yet buoyant optimism is the prevailing spirit. But each one of us here knows that what has been accomplished is not enough.
The United Nations judgments have been and continue to be subject to frustration, as individual member-states have ignored its pronouncements and disregarded its recommendations. The Organization's sinews have been weakened, as member-states have shirked their obligations to it. The authority of the Organization has been mocked, as individual member-states have proceeded, in violation of its commands, to pursue their own aims and ends. The troubles which continue to plague us virtually all arise among member states of the Organization, but the Organization remains impotent to enforce acceptable solutions. As the maker and enforcer of the international law, what the United Nations has achieved still falls regrettably short of our goal of an international community of nations.
This does not mean that the United Nations has failed. I have lived too long to cherish many illusions about the essential highmindedness of men when brought into stark confrontation with the issue of control over their security, and their property interests. Not even now, when so much is at hazard would many nations willingly entrust their destinies to other hands.
Yet, this is the ultimatum presented to us: secure the conditions whereby men will entrust their security to a larger entity, or risk annihilation; persuade men that their salvation rests in the subordination of national and local interests to the interests of humanity, or endanger man's future. These are the objectives, yesterday unobtainable, today essential, which we must labor to achieve.
Until this is accomplished, mankind's future remains hazardous and permanent peace a matter for speculation. There is no single magic formula, no one simple step, no words, whether written into the Organization's Charter or into a treaty between states, which can automatically guarantee to us what we seek. Peace is a day-to-day problem, the product of a multitude of events and judgments. Peace is not an "is", it is a "becoming." We cannot escape the dreadful possibility of catastrophe by miscalculation. But we can reach the right decisions on the myriad subordinate problems which each new day poses, and we can thereby make our contribution and perhaps the most that can be reasonably expected of us in 1963 to the preservation of peace. It is here that the United Nations has served us - not perfectly, but well. And in enhancing the possibilities that the Organization may serve us better, we serve and bring closer our most cherished goals.
I would mention briefly today two particular issues which are of deep concern to all men: disarmament and the establishment of true equality among men. Disarmament has become the urgent imperative of our time. I do not say this because I equate the absence of arms to peace, or because I believe that bringing an end to the nuclear arms race automatically guarantees the peace, or because the elimination of nuclear warheads from the arsenals of the world will bring in its wake that change in attitude requisite to the peaceful settlement of disputes between nations. Disarmament is vital today, quite simply, because of the immense destructive capacity of which men dispose.
Ethiopia supports the atmospheric nuclear test ban treaty as a step towards this goal, even though only a partial step. Nations can still perfect weapons of mass destruction by underground testing. There is no guarantee against the sudden, unannounced resumption of testing in the atmosphere.
The real significance of the treaty is that it admits of a tacit stalemate between the nations which negotiated it, a stalemate which recognizes the blunt, unavoidable fact that none would emerge from the total destruction which would be the lot of all in a nuclear war, a stalemate which affords us and the United Nations a breathing space in which to act.
Here is our opportunity and our challenge. If the nuclear powers are prepared to declare a truce, let us seize the moment to strengthen the institutions and procedures which will serve as the means for the pacific settlement of disputes among men. Conflicts between nations will continue to arise. The real issue is whether they are to be resolved by force, or by resort to peaceful methods and procedures, administered by impartial institutions. This very Organization itself is the greatest such institution, and it is in a more powerful United Nations that we seek, and it is here that we shall find, the assurance of a peaceful future.
Were a real and effective disarmament achieved and the funds now spent in the arms race devoted to the amelioration of man's state; were we to concentrate only on the peaceful uses of nuclear knowledge, how vastly and in how short a time might we change the conditions of mankind. This should be our goal.
When we talk of the equality of man, we find, also, a challenge and an opportunity; a challenge to breathe new life into the ideals enshrined in the Charter, an opportunity to bring men closer to freedom and true equality. and thus, closer to a love of peace.
The goal of the equality of man which we seek is the antithesis of the exploitation of one people by another with which the pages of history and in particular those written of the African and Asian continents, speak at such length. Exploitation, thus viewed, has many faces. But whatever guise it assumes, this evil is to be shunned where it does not exist and crushed where it does. It is the sacred duty of this Organization to ensure that the dream of equality is finally realized for all men to whom it is still denied, to guarantee that exploitation is not reincarnated in other forms in places whence it has already been banished.
As a free Africa has emerged during the past decade, a fresh attack has been launched against exploitation, wherever it still exists. And in that interaction so common to history, this in turn, has stimulated and encouraged the remaining dependent peoples to renewed efforts to throw off the yoke which has oppressed them and its claim as their birthright the twin ideals of liberty and equality. This very struggle is a struggle to establish peace, and until victory is assured, that brotherhood and understanding which nourish and give life to peace can be but partial and incomplete.
In the United States of America, the administration of President Kennedy is leading a vigorous attack to eradicate the remaining vestige of racial discrimination from this country. We know that this conflict will be won and that right will triumph. In this time of trial, these efforts should be encouraged and assisted, and we should lend our sympathy and support to the American Government today.
Last May, in Addis Ababa, I convened a meeting of Heads of African States and Governments. In three days, the thirty-two nations represented at that Conference demonstrated to the world that when the will and the determination exist, nations and peoples of diverse backgrounds can and will work together. in unity, to the achievement of common goals and the assurance of that equality and brotherhood which we desire.
On the question of racial discrimination, the Addis Ababa Conference taught, to those who will learn, this further lesson: That until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned: That until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained; And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed; Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will; Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; Until that day, the African continent will not know peace. We Africans will fight, if necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil.
The United Nations has done much, both directly and indirectly to speed the disappearance of discrimination and oppression from the earth. Without the opportunity to focus world opinion on Africa and Asia which this Organization provides, the goal, for many, might still lie ahead, and the struggle would have taken far longer. For this, we are truly grateful.
But more can be done. The basis of racial discrimination and colonialism has been economic, and it is with economic weapons that these evils have been and can be overcome. In pursuance of resolutions adopted at the Addis Ababa Summit Conference, African States have undertaken certain measures in the economic field which, if adopted by all member states of the United Nations, would soon reduce intransigence to reason. I ask, today, for adherence to these measures by every nation represented here which is truly devoted to the principles enunciated in the Charter.
I do not believe that Portugal and South Africa are prepared to commit economic or physical suicide if honorable and reasonable alternatives exist. I believe that such alternatives can be found. But I also know that unless peaceful solutions are devised, counsels of moderation and temperance will avail for naught; and another blow will have been dealt to this Organization which will hamper and weaken still further its usefulness in the struggle to ensure the victory of peace and liberty over the forces of strife and oppression. Here, then, is the opportunity presented to us. We must act while we can, while the occasion exists to exert those legitimate pressures available to us, lest time run out and resort be had to less happy means.
Does this Organization today possess the authority and the will to act? And if it does not, are we prepared to clothe it with the power to create and enforce the rule of law? Or is the Charter a mere collection of words, without content and substance, because the essential spirit is lacking? The time in which to ponder these questions is all too short. The pages of history are full of instances in which the unwanted and the shunned nonetheless occurred because men waited to act until too late. We can brook no such delay.
If we are to survive, this Organization must survive. To survive, it must be strengthened. Its executive must be vested with great authority. The means for the enforcement of its decisions must be fortified, and, if they do not exist, they must be devised. Procedures must be established to protect the small and the weak when threatened by the strong and the mighty. All nations which fulfill the conditions of membership must be admitted and allowed to sit in this assemblage.
Equality of representation must be assured in each of its organs. The possibilities which exist in the United Nations to provide the medium whereby the hungry may be fed, the naked clothed, the ignorant instructed, must be seized on and exploited for the flower of peace is not sustained by poverty and want. To achieve this requires courage and confidence. The courage, I believe, we possess. The confidence must be created, and to create confidence we must act courageously.
The great nations of the world would do well to remember that in the modern age even their own fates are not wholly in their hands. Peace demands the united efforts of us all. Who can foresee what spark might ignite the fuse? It is not only the small and the weak who must scrupulously observe their obligations to the United Nations and to each other. Unless the smaller nations are accorded their proper voice in the settlement of the world's problems, unless the equality which Africa and Asia have struggled to attain is reflected in expanded membership in the institutions which make up the United Nations, confidence will come just that much harder. Unless the rights of the least of men are as assiduously protected as those of the greatest, the seeds of confidence will fall on barren soil.
The stake of each one of us is identical - life or death. We all wish to live. We all seek a world in which men are freed of the burdens of ignorance, poverty, hunger and disease. And we shall all be hard-pressed to escape the deadly rain of nuclear fall-out should catastrophe overtake us.
When I spoke at Geneva in 1936, there was no precedent for a head of state addressing the League of Nations. I am neither the first, nor will I be the last head of state to address the United Nations, but only I have addressed both the League and this Organization in this capacity. The problems which confront us today are, equally, unprecedented. They have no counterparts in human experience. Men search the pages of history for solutions, for precedents, but there are none. This, then, is the ultimate challenge. Where are we to look for our survival, for the answers to the questions which have never before been posed? We must look, first, to Almighty God, Who has raised man above the animals and endowed him with intelligence and reason. We must put our faith in Him, that He will not desert us or permit us to destroy humanity which He created in His image. And we must look into ourselves, into the depth of our souls. We must become something we have never been and for which our education and experience and environment have ill-prepared us. We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community."
Oct. 6, 1963
SONG OF THE BULLET I have no home, no child and no wife: My gun is my friend, the bullet my life. Of no race and no faith, no hope and no creed, With terror my style and money my need. I kill without passion, I shoot without thought, My gun is my friend, and my friend can be bought. Pay me, I kill, no remorse and no sorrow. If someone else pays me, I'll kill you tomorrow. No wondering child will stand by my knee With questioning eyes I do not want to see. I was born into terror and nurtured in hate, So my gun is my child and my kin and my mate. One wish I have: that I shall not see The path of the bullet that's coming for me.`
He's the one who gives his body as a weapon to the war, And without him all this killing can't go on.
He's the universal soldier And he really is to blame, But his orders comes from far away no more.
They come from him and you and me. Oh, brothers, can't you see, This is not the way we put an end to war.
Buffy Sainte Marie - Universal Soldier
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He's 5'2" and he's 6'4" And he fights with missiles and with spears. He's all of 31 and he's only 17 And he's been a soldier for a thousand years.
He's a Catholic, a Hindu, an Atheist, a Jane, A Buddhist and a Baptist and a Jew. And he knows he shouldn't kill And he knows he always will Kill you for me my friend and me for you.
He's fighting for Canada, He's fighting for France, He's fighting for the USA, And he's fighting for the Russians, And he's fighting for Japan, And he thinks we'll bring an end to war this way.
He's fighting for democracy, He's fighting for the reds. He says it's for the peace of all. He's the one who must decide, Who's to live and who's to die, And he never sees the writing on the walls.
But without him, how would Hitler have condemned him at Dachau? Without him Caesar would have stood alone. He's the one who gives his body as a weapon to the war, And without him all this killing can't go on.
He's the universal soldier And he really is to blame, But his orders comes from far away no more.
They come from him and you and me. Oh, brothers, can't you see, This is not the way we put an end to war.
"A soldier who has been a long time in the line does have a 'look' in his eyes that anyone with practice can discern. It's a look of dullness, eyes that look without seeing, eyes that see without transferring any response to the mind. It's a look that is the display room for the thoughts that lie behind it--exhaustion, lack of sleep, tension for too long, weariness that is too great, fear beyond fear, misery to the point of numbness, a look of surpassing indifference to anything anybody can do to you. It's a look I dread to see on men." written by Ernie Pyle, BRAVE MEN April 5, 1944 http://mediaschool.indiana.edu/erniepyle/
When a Good Man Goes to War Demons run when a good man goes to war Night will fall and drown the sun When a good man goes to war Friendship dies and true love lies Night will fall and the dark will rise When a good man goes to war Demons run, but count the cost The battle's won, but the child is lost - Steven Moffat
"A Good Man Goes to War", written by Steven Moffat, is the 7th episode of the 6th series of "Doctor Who".
MES SOUVENIRS DE GUERRE CAMPAGNE DE 1914-1918
La Philosophie du Poilu. De deux choses l'une : ou on est mobilisι, ou on ne l'est pas. Si on ne l'est pas, il n'y a pas lieu de s'en faire. Si on l'est il y a deux alternatives :ou on est au dιpτt, ou on est au front. Si on est au dιpτt il n'y a pas lieu de s'en faire. Si on est au front, il y a deux alternatives: ou on est en rιserve, ou on est en ligne. Si on est en rιserve, il n'y a pas lieu de s'en faire. Si on est en premiθre ligne, il y a deux alternatives: ou ηa barde, ou ηa ne barde pas. Si ηa barde pas, il n'y a pas lieu de s'en faire. Si ηa barde, il y a deux alternatives: Ou on est, blessι lιgθrement, ou on est blessι griθvement. Si on est blessι lιgθrement, il n' y a pas lieu de s'en faire. Si on est blessι griθvement, il y a deux alternatives: ou on en rιchappe,ou on en rιchappe pas. Si on en rιchappe, il n'y a pas lieu de s'en faire. Si on n'en rιchappe pas, mais qu'on ait suivi jusqu'au bout mes conclusions, on meurt sans s'en κtre jamais fait. Jean Baptiste Illio
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Logic of the Soldier When you are a soldier you are one of two things; either you are mobilized or you are not. If you are not, there is no need to worry. If you are mobilized you are one of two things; either at the front or behind the lines. If you are behind the lines you need not worry. If you are at the front you are one of two things; You are either in the danger zone or in a zone that is not dangerous. If you are in a zone that is not dangerous you need not worry. If you are in a danger zone you are one of two things; either seriously wounded or slightly wounded. If you are slightly wounded you need not worry. If you are seriously wounded one of two things is certain; either you get well or you die. If you get well you neednt worry. If you die there is no need to worry about anything at all. So why worry?
"I cannot see the war as historians see it. Those clever fellows study all the facts and they see the war as a large thing, one of the biggest events in the legend of the man, something general, involving multitudes. I see it as a large thing too, only I break it into small units of one man at a time, and see it as a large and monstrous thing for each man involved. I see the war as death in one form or another for men dressed as soldiers, and all the men who survived the war, including myself, I see as men who died with their brothers, dressed as soldiers. There is no such thing as a soldier. I see death as a private event, the destruction of the universe in the brain and in the senses of one man, and I cannot see any man's death as a contributing factor in the success or failure of a military campaign." William Saroyan
"The physicists felt a peculiarly intimate responsibility for suggesting, for supporting, and in the end, in large measure, for achieving the realization of atomic weapons. Nor can we forget that these weapons, as they were in fact used, dramatized so mercilessly the inhumanity and evil of modern war. In some sort of crude sense which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose." J. Robert Oppenheimer The Open Mind
THE ICEMAN COMETH "The enemy is subhuman. They are to be terminated. . . And it doesnt really matter how I feel. I no longer feel. Blood turns to ice water, pumping through my veins. Eyes glass over, changing from blue to steely grey. Face is cold, Expressionless. . . Bloodshed disgusts me, And pondering it causes one to hesitate. . . Meditation. Clear your mind, so it is as a blank slate. Kill without joy. . . Without revulsion. . . Without any feeling whatsoever. . . Numb yourself. There is plenty of time for sorrow later. . . But the dreams! They wont let me alone!" Jake Bishop Death of a SEAL
"These are only words, and probably only convey a fraction of their meaning to their hearers. They shudder and it is forgotten." Colonel Maurice Haigh-Wood Letter from a Soldier
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On June 23rd, 1917, The Nation, a weekly magazine of news and comment, published this letter from T.S Eliot:
Dear Sir, I enclose herewith an extract from a letter lately received from a young officer which I hope may interest some of your readers. I may add that the officer in question entered the Army directly from a public school, and began his service in the trenches before he was nineteen. T.S.Eliot
"There is rather a good article in THE NATION this last week called On Leave. You should read it. I have often heard it said that the curious thing about those who have been to the front is their complete indifference. They appear to be practically untouched by what they have seen and gone through, they talk about war in a callous and humorous way, they even joke about its horrors. The impression one has from them is that it is, on the whole, a dreary and unpleasant business, with its anxious moments and its bright moments, but not nearly such a hell as one really knows it to be."
"In the case of the vast majority, however, this is an attitude, a screen I speak of educated thinking men and it is not granted to many who have not shared the same experiences to see behind the screen. The reason for this, as the article points out, is the practical impossibility for the uninitiated to realize or imagine even dimly the actual conditions of war. And a man who has been through it and seen and taken part in the unspeakable tragedies that are the ordinary routine, feels that he has something, possesses something, which others can never possess."
"It is morally impossible for him to talk seriously of these things to people who cannot even approach comprehension. It is hideously exasperating to hear people talking the glib commonplaces about the war and distributing cheap sympathy to its victims."
"Perhaps you are tempted to give them a picture of a leprous earth, scattered with the swollen and blackening corpses of hundreds of young men. The appalling stench of rotting carrion, mingled with the sickening smell of exploded lyddite and ammonal. Mud like porridge, trenches like shallow and sloping cracks in the porridge porridge that stinks in the sun. Swarms of flies and bluebottles clustering on pits of offal. Wounded men lying in the shell holes among the decaying corpses: helpless under the scorching sun and bitter nights, under repeated shelling. Men with bowels dropping out, lungs shot away, with blinded smashed faces, or limbs blown into space. Men screaming and gibbering. Wounded men laughing in agony on the barbed wire, until a friendly spout of liquid fire shrivels them up like a fly in a candle. But these are only words, and probably only convey a fraction of their meaning to their hearers. They shudder and it is forgotten."
Colonel Maurice Haigh-Wood
"A fight is a sociological function, in which there are rules and limits. Combat is a free-for-all, where victory is awarded to the survivor. There are no rules; in combat, you do what you have to do to win. These things are as different as night and day. If you cant differentiate between them, you can land in a heap of trouble. Most situations are not combat; they are fights, and therefore less intense. So relax about it." Marc MacYoung Cheap Shots, Ambushes, and Other Lessons
La vida no es sino una continua sucesiσn de oportunidades para sobrevivir.
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Life is but a continual succession of opportunities for surviving.
~ Gabriel Garcνa Mαrquez
Don't wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead. The grand and the simple, They are equally wonderful. ~ Marjorie Pay Hinckley
An openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre or counterintuitive they may be, and the most ruthless skeptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new. This is how deep truths are winnowed from deep nonsense. ~ Carl Sagan
If absolute truth does not exist, the claim "Absolute truth does not exist" is not absolutely true either. As the above sentence must be true, it forms the proof of the existence of absolute truth. ~ Paul Cooijmans
We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely. ~ Edward Osborne Wilson
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. ~ Arthur Conan Doyle
Smart is when you believe half of what you hear. Brilliant is when you know which half. ~ Robert Orben
Don't believe a word I say. Find out for yourself. ~ Robert Adams
Never believe anything until it's officially denied. ~ Margaret Atwood
Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. ~ Charles Spurgeon
The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth. ~ Pierre Abelard
You have to have the courage of your confusions as well as your convictions, and be willing to own up to both. ~ Bruce Schauble
There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds. ~ Alfred Tennyson
The instruments with which we work upon truth, even in the strongest minds, are feeble and inadequate to their tremendous tasks. ~ Henry Drummond
I carry a torch in one hand And a bucket of water in the other: With these things I am going to set fire to Heaven And put out the flames of Hell. ~ Rabi'a al-'Adawiyya al-Qaysiyya
We have a duty to argue for ourselves, and with ourselves; we know how. Yes, we even have a duty to argue with God. Having provided us the skill, I take it that God would be greatly disappointed, should it go untested. ~ Gerry Spence
El ιxito y el fracaso son dos impostores.
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Success and failure are two impostors.
~ Jorge Luis Borges
Rewards and punishments are the lowest form of education. ~ Chuang Tzu
In nature there are no rewards or punishments, there are consequences. ~ Mick Halligan
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences. ~ Norman Cousins
What makes mankind tragic is not that they are the victims of nature, it is that they are conscious of it. ~ Jσzef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski
We'll sleep on the bare mountain with the sky as a blanket and the Earth as a pillow. ~ Li Bai
A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
The summit is just a halfway point. ~ Ed Viesturs
Niente fremiti di gioia. Niente ebbrezza della vittoria. La mθta raggiunta θ giΰ superata.
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No thrill of joy. No intoxication of victory. Objective obtained is already obsolete.
~ Giusto Gervasutti
There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it. ~ George Bernard Shaw
What's the point in moving mountains when it's so simple to climb over them? ~ Boris Vian
To live for some future goal is shallow. It is the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top. ~ Robert Pirsig
The inner master, when confronted with an obstacle, uses it as fuel, like a fire which consumes things that are thrown into it. ~ Marcus Aurelius
About the only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way you use them. ~ Bernard Meltzer
Watch out and avoid rocks. They can betray your passage even if you passed 12,000 years ago. The scientists can even detect, if slightly, your ancient fragrance. ~ Louis Karoniaktajeh Hall
When one of you falls down he falls for those behind him, a caution against the stumbling stone. Aye, and he falls for those ahead of him, who, though faster and surer of foot, yet removed not the stumbling stone. ~ Khalil Gibran
Obstacles are cowards, but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them, they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight. ~ Orison Swett Marden
Reaching the goal itself may not be as valuable as the experience that can come in making a supreme effort to overcome the obstacles involved. The process can be more rewarding than the victory itself. ~ W. Timothy Gallwey
The future is much like the present, only longer. ~ Don Quisenberry
Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things. ~ Thomas Merton
To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour. ~ William Blake
Self-knowledge is worth seeking by virtue of its being knowledge, and not by virtue of its pertaining to self. ~ Helena Petrovna von Hahn
Acquiring knowledge is no guarantee of practical, useful application. Wisdom implies a mature integration of appropriate knowledge, a seasoned ability to filter the inessential from the essential. ~ Deborah Rozman
A thousand plastic flowers don't make a desert bloom. A thousand empty faces don't fill an empty room. ~ Frederick Salomon Perls
Premier tressaillement vital; surtout il s'agit ΰ tout moment de sacrifier ce que nous sommes ΰ ce que nous pouvons devenir.
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The first vital thrill: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
~ Charles du Bos
Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. ~ Albert Camus
It's all right letting yourself go as long as you can let yourself back. ~ Sir Michael Philip Jagger
You can get knocked down by traffic going both directions. The train of failure runs on the track of indecision. ~ John Mason
If I decide to be indecisive, that's my decision. ~ Roger McGough
Live thy life as it were spoil and pluck the joys that fly. ~ Marcus Valerius Martialis
Writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length. ~ Carl Friedrich Gauss
Simple free being becomes encrusted with the burdensome armour of the ego. ~ Peter Matthiessen
Authority never matches responsibility. ~ Tom Peters
Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed. ~ Vαclav Havel
There could be no honour in a sure success, but much might be wrested from a sure defeat. ~ Thomas Edward Lawrence
Being defeated means being limited to the basic existential choices of life. A hero who always succeeds may not have time to enjoy such things. ~ Wojtek Kurtyka
The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith. ~ John Foster Dulles
War is bathed in an aesthetic glow, seen as apotheosis and apocalypse, as the triumph of warrior virtue and eruption of latent cruelty. ~ Antonin Artaud.
It may be more dangerous to suppress the reasons men love war than to admit them. ~ William Broyles
Yet, within the soul's deep center, Oft when peace reigns o'er the land, Graver, fiercer conflicts enter Than those waged by warlike band. ~ Colfax Burgoyne Harman
Rest in peace; now get up and go to war. ~ Heather Bellson
In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. ~ William Ernest Henley
Any act of resistance, large or small, is its own eternal triumph. ~ Chris Hedges
I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back, diluted, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity or meander in the maze of mediocrity. ~ David Guinn
As soon as I shall become unnecessary, an atom will suffice to shatter me. Until then, all the forces of mankind can do nothing to stop me. ~ Napoleone di Buonaparte
Many men, many, many, many, many men Wish death upon me, Lord I don't cry no more Don't look to the sky no more, have mercy on me Have mercy on my soul, somewhere my heart turned cold ~ Curtis James Jackson
Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them - if you want to. Just as some day, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry ~ Jerome David Salinger
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. ~ Max Ehrmann
Out of the stars in their flight, out of the dust of eternity, here have we come, Stardust and sunlight, mingling through time and through space. ~ Robert Weston
We are stardust, Billion year old carbon, We are golden, Caught in the devil's bargain, And we've got to get ourselves Back to the garden. ~ Roberta Joan Anderson
We must unlearn the constellations to see the stars. ~ Jack Gilbert
Hoy siento en el corazσn un vago temblor de estrellas, pero mi senda se pierde en el alma de la niebla.
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Today in my heart I feel a vague tremor of stars, but my path is lost in the soul of the mist.
~ Federico Garcνa Lorca
A thousand secrets of nature which I might have stumbled upon accidentally, I would have given for that one which I had wrested from her against all odds and at the peril of my existence. ~ Nikola Tesla
Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line. ~ Benoit Mandelbrot
La vida es un relαmpago entre dos largas noches.
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Life is a flash of lightning between two long nights.
~ Amado Nervo
What I was on my way to, by any mathematical standards known to man, was oblivion, by way of obscurity. ~ Tallulah Bankhead
We live in a world lit by lightning. After the flash, we're blind again. ~ Joseph Henry Burnett
Don't depend too much on anyone in this world because even your own shadow leaves you when you are in darkness. ~ Ibn Taymiyyah
Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual's conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. ~ Karl Jung
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it. ~ Lou Holtz
When you learn to live by your choices instead of your feelings, you will be victor instead of victim. ~ David C. Cooper
The crisis was over. What was more, they had taken the first step toward genuine friendship. They had exchanged vulnerabilities. ~ Arthur C. Clarke
A friend cannot be considered a friend until he is tested in three occasions: in time of need, behind your back, and after your death. ~ Ali ibn Abu Talib
As long as you think that anyone or anything is responsible for your suffering - the situation is hopeless. It means that you are forever in the role of victim, that you're suffering in paradise. ~ Byron Katie
Every test in life makes us bitter or better. Every problem comes to make us or break us. The choice is ours to become victims or victorious. ~ Mufti Ismail Menk
Worriers get better grades but Warriors do better on tests. ~ James Roach
When you are a soldier, either you surrender or you are killed. But you don't flee. ~ Mobutu Sιsι Seko
Turn your wounds into wisdom. ~ Oprah Winfrey
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. ~ Albert Einstein
Cry me a river, build a bridge, and get over it. ~ Justin Timberlake
Burn the bridge - so that your past will have no way to cross into your future. ~ David Gavin
Theres an important difference between giving up and letting go. ~ Jessica Hatchigan
Letting go does not mean you stop caring. It means you stop trying to force others to. ~ Mandy Hale
We must be willing to let go of the life weve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. ~ Joseph Campbell
I'm not giving up, I'm just starting over. ~ Sean Silverman
Direi quasi un senso di amarezza per il sogno diventato realtΰ. Credo che sarebbe molto piω bello poter desiderare per tutta la vita qualcosa, lottare continuamente per raggiungerla e non ottenerla mai.
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I would say almost a sense of bitterness for the dream come true. I think it would be much nicer to want something for life, strive constantly to reach it, and never get it.
~ Giusto Gervasutti
Even if you fall on your face, youre still moving forward. ~ Victor Kiam
Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. ~ William Shakespeare
We do not know how long we have till time for us is past, so let us live as if this day is going to be our last. ~ Dennis De Haan
May the bridges I burn light the way. ~ Chip Johannessen
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. ~ K'ung Fu-tzu
If you don't have the time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over? ~ John Wooden
The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construct which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations, describes observed phenomena. ~ John Von Neumann
Mathematics is not only a religion, it is the only religion that can prove itself to be one. ~ John Barrow
Mathematics is a branch of theology. ~ Hilda Phoebe Hudson
The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God. ~ Eukleides
One cannot escape the feeling that these mathematical formulas have an independent existence and an intelligence of their own, that they are wiser than we are, wiser even than their discoverers. ~ Heinrich Hertz
Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation. ~ David Elton Trueblood
Mathematics is offered as a metaphysical entity, existing outside of time and space but proving the ground to them. ~ Mark Conway Wirt
Proof is an idol before whom the pure mathematician tortures himself. ~ Arthur Stanley Eddington
A God who let us prove his existence would be an idol. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
If God were small enough to be understood, He would not be big enough to be worshiped. ~ Evelyn Underhill
Nothing should be worshipped that has form or is individuated. ~ James Morgan Pryse
If there were no God, there would be no atheists. ~ Gilbert Keith Chesterton
It is important not to let the perfect become the enemy of the good. ~ Greg Hudson
Iam pridem, ex quo suffragia nulli vendimus, effudit curas; nam qui dabat olim, imperium, fasces, legiones, omnia, nunc se, continet atque duas tantum res anxius optat, panem et circenses.
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Since long ago, no one buys our votes, the public has cast off its cares; for those who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions, everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.
~ Decimus Junius Juvenalis
Indifference and apathy are parasitism, perversion, not life. That is why I hate the indifferent. The indifference is the deadweight of history. The indifference operates with great power on history. The indifference operates passively, but it operates. That what happens, the evil that weighs upon all, happens because the human mass abdicates to their will. ~ Antonio Gramsci
Silence in the face of great evil is cowardice. ~ Winford Claiborne
I'd rather be a corpse than a coward. ~ Mary Ellen Pleasant
The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in a period of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. ~ John F Kennedy
It is far easier to mourn the dead than to protect the living. ~ Paul Levinson
If graciously given before the hungering spirit is fled. A rose to the living is more, than sumptuous wreaths to the dead. ~ Nixon Waterman
Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody. ~ Jerome David Salinger
The music is all that's left of them, the collective soul that can't be killed. ~ Mick LaSalle
If I were dead and buried And I heard your voice, Beneath the sod My heart of dust Would still rejoice. ~ Dalton Trumbo
At its deepest level sound does not comprise a music, but it is what is used to convey and illustrate the truths and teleologies that give rise to it. ~ Mark Conway Wirt
When a good man goes to war Demons run, but count the cost. The battle's won, but the child is lost. ~ Steven Moffat
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. ~ Edmund Hillary
The harder you fall, the heavier your heart. ~ Criss Jami
It takes two of us to discover truth: one to utter it and one to understand it. ~ Kahlil Gibran
Don't mistake my kindness for weakness. ~ Alphonse Gabriel Capone
Being like everybody is the same as being nobody. ~ Rodman Edward Serling
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. ~ John Muir
All decisions should be made as low as possible in the organization. ~ Robert Townsend
We tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization. ~ Titus Petronius Niger
Not doing more than the average is what keeps the average down. ~ William M. Winans
Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it. ~ Lazarus Long
In the field, where nothing is known, tell me sir, who can be an expert except the inventor himself? ~ Johann Ernst Elias Bessler
Against stupidity, the gods themselves fight in vain. ~ Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell. ~ Joan Crawford
My center is giving way, my right is pushed back, situation excellent, I am attacking. ~ Marechal Ferdinand Foch
When someone attacks you, he is giving you the present of his strength. To make use of this gift you must know how to receive it. ~ Yukiso Yamamoto
To cut the roots - to change culture - a long march through the institutions is necessary. Only then will power fall into our laps like a ripened fruit. ~ Antonia Gramsci
We pay just as dearly for our triumphs as we do for our defeats. ~ Tom Robbins
For eternally and always there is only one now, one and the same now; the present is the only thing that has no end. ~ Erwin Schrodinger
See into life. Don't just look at it. ~ Anne Baxter
My land is bare of chattering folk, the clouds are low along the ridges, and sweet's the air with curly smoke from all my burning bridges. ~ Dorothy Parker
The greater the artist, the greater the doubt; perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize. ~ Robert Hughes
The strongest of all warriors are these two - Time and Patience. ~ Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy
You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. ~ Erica Jong
When a man blames others for his failures, it's a good idea to credit others with his successes. ~ Howard W. Newton
A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. ~ John Burroughs
When you blame others, you give up your power to change. ~ Robert Anthony
Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly. ~ Anthony J. Mahavorick
When the will and the imagination are at war, the imagination invariably gains the day. ~ Ιmile Couι
It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not. ~ James Gordon
Change is a process, not an event. ~ James O. Prochaska
You can't burn your bridges until you've crossed them. ~ Tom Ward
The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn. ~ David Russell
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; and the realist adjusts the sails. ~ William Arthur Ward
Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul. ~ Khalil Gibran
Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without a rudder, is the sport of every wind. ~ Thomas Jefferson
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. ~ Jim Rohn
An overcomer disciplines his internal conversation toward praise. Discipline involves regulating your thinking and conduct by principle not emotion, impulse, or circumstances. ~ Daniel Henderson
I'm one of those people who when I go over a bridge, I want to jump. ~ William J. Dafoe
After I jumped, I instantly realized that everything in my life that Id thought was unfixable was totally fixable - except for having just jumped. ~ Ken Baldwin
A politician is a man who will double cross that bridge when he comes to it. ~ Oscar Levant
The fog of their self-immersion was dissipated by the shock and wonder of their survival. They became able to reach out beyond their own egos. ~ Steve Taylor
The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned. Im a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will. ~ Antonio Gramsci
Science is not the affirmation of a set of beliefs but a process of inquiry aimed at building a testable body of knowledge constantly open to rejection or confirmation. In science, knowledge is fluid and certainty fleeting. That is at the heart of its limitations. It is also its greatest strength. ~ Michael Shermer
When I perform, all I pay attention to is my feelings. ~ Isaac Stern
Do not enquire how many the enemy are, but where they are. ~ Agis II
Per mio conto preferisco una felicitΰ irragiungibile, sempre vicina e sempre fuggente.
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Personally, I prefer an unreachable happiness, always near but always out of reach.
~ Giusto Gervasutti
The breakfast of champions is not cereal, it's the opposition. ~ Nick Seitz
A dead enemy always smells good. ~ Alus Vitellus
Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.
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Seize today, and put as little trust as you can in the morrow.
~ Quintus Horatius Flaccus
messages and adages from stooges and sages, knowledge from the ages staged on these pages.
Dare to prepare : How to win before you begin. ~ Ronald Shapiro
We cannot avoid these two things no matter how hard we try. The first is that we must die. Death is an absolute certainty, and the second thing we have no choice about is that we must live until we die. Now understand this - everything else in your life that you think you have to do, or are forced to do, is a choice. ~ Robert Anthony
With confidence, you have won before you have started. ~ Marcus Garvey
In certain situations where you lack confidence, you must fill in the void with courage. ~ Forrest E. Morgan
The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity. ~ Robert Anthony
Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination. ~ Ernest Hemingway
Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will. ~ James Stephens
Few men have imagination enough for the truth of reality. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The infinity of divinity is demonstrated by the production of something from nothing. ~ Thomas Aquinas
People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day. ~ Alan Alexander Milne
Nature exhibits not simply a higher degree but an altogether different level of complexity. ~ Benoit Mandelbrot
Any definition of God is blasphemy. ~ Robert King Stierle
I accept no man's authority in that realm where we are all equally ignorant. The beginning and the end of creation are not our concern. ~ Gore Vidal
Nobody can stand truth if it is told to him. Truth can be tolerated only if you discover it yourself because then, the pride of discovery makes the truth palatable. ~ Frederick Salomon Perls
Imagination tends to be the biggest filter of any perception. ~ Vanesa Littlecrow Colon~Ortiz
A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding. ~ Isaac Newton
We suffer more from imagination than from reality. ~ Lucius Seneca
For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe. ~ Larry Eisenberg
Our best control is when we are least aware of it. ~ Yehudi Menuhin
You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway. ~ Steve Maraboli
Natural learning is our birthright. And it is easy, graceful, and inevitable if we can just get out of our own way. ~ L.Michael Hall
I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. ~ Wendell Berry
To live in the midst of endless violence one must have sacred principles with which to endorse the violence. ~ John Barnes
In der ewig gleichmδίigen Anwendung der Gewalt allein liegt die allererste Voraussetzung zum Erfolge. Diese Beharrlichkeit jedoch ist immer nur das Ergebnis einer bestimmten geistigen άberzeugung. Jede Gewalt, die nicht einer festen geistigen Grundlage entsprieίt, wird schwankend und unsicher sein. ...Man stirbt nicht fόr Geschδfte, sondern nur fόr Ideale.
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Only in the steady and constant application of force lies the very first prerequisite for success. This persistence, however, can always and only arise from a definite spiritual conviction. Any violence which does not spring from a firm, spiritual base, will be wavering and uncertain. ...One does not die for business, but only for ideals.
~ Adolf Hόttler
Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power. ~ Aldous Huxley
The indicative precedes the imperative. Grammatically, the indicative describes what is; the imperative describes what ought to be. A statement is indicative; a command is imperative. ~ Barry Chant
There is nothing more religious than obeying a divinely grounded moral imperative. ~ Rabbi Samuel Karff
You cannot pray unless you are rooted in the truth of your own humanity. Prayer is never an escape but the opposite, an exposure. ~ Wendy Beckett
All religions, nearly all philosophies, and even a part of science testify to the unwearying, heroic effort of mankind desperately denying its own contingency. ~ Jacques Monod
There is no religion higher than truth. ~ Helena Petrovna von Hahn
In the face of evil, to sit silent is an even greater evil. Complacency is ever the enabler of darkest deeds. ~ Robert Fanney
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death. ~ Albert Einstein
Hate needs no logic. It is a sickness of the soul. ~ Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
Hate for Love may sit; Gloom will do for Gladness; Banish Sense and Wit, And dash in lots of Madness. ~ Lord Charles Neaves
Hate is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
Man is violent by nature and he doesn't need inspiration for what he's going to do. ~ Brian Warner (Marilyn Manson)
We have only to kick in the door and the whole rotten structure will come crashing down. ~ Albert Speer
Sooner barbarity than boredom. ~ Theophile Gautier
The ultimate debasement of language, of course, is violence. Most dissenters turn to violence in a desperate effort to communicate their profound feelings of grievance. Yet surely this is too crude a way to get their message across. ~ Lance Morrow
Vigilante law prevails, but reason run amok. Their decision to shoot first and ask questions later erases the distinction between outlaw and criminal. ~ Arthur G. Kimball
Cry 'Havoc!' and let slip the dogs of war. ~ William Shakespeare
Words are animals, alive with a will of their own. ~ Carl Gustav Jung
Master technique, become one with the weapon, but always let the animal loose for the fight. ~ Larry Hama
I'll go animal before I'll go machine. ~ Mark Smith
If we should surrender our genetic nature to machine-aided ratiocination, and our ethics and art and our very meaning to a habit of careless discursion in the name of progress, imagining ourselves godlike and absolved from our ancient heritage, we will become nothing. ~ Edward Osborne Wilson
The naive belief in the myth of human progress, in endless material advancement and technological advancement, is a form of magical thinking. ~ Chris Hedges
Process has become an achievement in itself: How to get there has replaced getting there. Instinct has become extinct. ~ Brooks Riley
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. ~ Elbert Hubbard
The machines are too dull when we are lion-poems that move and breathe. ~ Michael McClure
There is an inherent inhumanness to an autonomous self. ~ J. von Ideolomann
The fiend in his own shape is less hideous than when he rages in the breast of man. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
A belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary. Men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. ~ Joseph Conrad
If wishes were horses, they would pull the hearses of our dearest friends and nearest relatives. All men are murderers at heart. ~ Theodore Reik
All life depends on carefully balanced murders. ~ Robert Sheckley
When hedonism and materialism fail to bring man satisfaction, other philosophies based on evil arise. They are accepted because of mans capacity to hate. ~ William P. Wilson
Let no one bring us down but up Into the higher regions of the mind Where wisdom flows into the soul. Where hatred dies a happy death. ~ Paul Lloyd Warner
Hatred is self-punishment. Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated. ~ Hosea Ballou
Hatred is by far the longest pleasure. Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure. ~ George Gordon Byron
Love, friendship, respect, do not unite people as much as a common hatred. ~ Anton Chekhov
To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good. ~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities. ~ Franηois-Marie Arouet
Hell is full of good intentions or desires. ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
We judge ourselves by our motives and others by their actions. ~ Dwight Marrow
We cannot rid ourselves of an evil without first naming and judging it as an evil. ~ Alice Miller
There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance. ~ Socrates
Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil. ~ Plato
Education is a system of imposed ignorance. ~ Noam Chomsky
They who have put out the people's eyes reproach them of their blindness. ~ John Milton
Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten. ~ B.F. Skinner
Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed. ~ Joseph Dzhugashvili (Stalin)
L'istruzione, e la ricchezza, posson essere sorgente di bene e di male, a seconda delle intenzioni colle quali s'adoperano.
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Instruction, like riches, can be a source of either good or evil according to the intention with which it is used.
~ Giuseppe Mazzini
The most powerful weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. ~ Steve Biko
The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental. ~ John Steinbeck
The hand entrusted with power becomes, either from human depravity or esprit de corps, the necessary enemy of the people. ~ Wendell Phillips
Quil fallait gouverner avec une main de fer couverte dun gant de velours.
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It was necessary to govern with a hand of iron covered by a velvet glove.
~ Jean Baptiste Jules Bernadotte
A conviction that one is writing or speaking on the side of virtue can license an indulgence in fantasies that virtue itself would ordinarily compel one to forswear. ~ Dan Jacobson
Pirata est hostis humani generis.
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A pirate is an enemy of the human race.
~ Edward Coke
Man is not a rational animal, he is a rationalizing animal. ~ Robert Heinlein
Different realities, more correctly designated as different aspects of 'the reality', are not mutually exclusive but are complementary, and form together a portion of the all-encompassing, timeless, transcendental reality. ~ Albert Hofmann
It is impossible to have complete liberty and equality, the two are mutually exclusive. ~ Nesta Webster
Due to extreme delusion produced on account of a partial viewpoint, the immature deny one aspect and try to establish another. ~ Acarya Mallisena
When you do not understand something, to recognize that you do not understand it, that is understanding. ~ Kung Fu Tzu (Confucius)
Insecurity and impermanence are the best spiritual teachers. ~ Richard Rohr
Everyone has the right to doubt everything as often as he pleases and the duty to do it at least once. No way of looking at things is too sacred to be reconsidered. ~ Edward De Bono
Only when we know little do we know everything; doubt grows with knowledge. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. ~ Jimi Hendrix
People think they are thinking, when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~ William James
The psychological opposition of irreconcilable ideas (cognitions) held simultaneously by one individual created a motivating force that would lead, under proper conditions, to the adjustment of ones belief to fit with ones behaviour instead of changing ones behaviour to fit ones belief. ~ Leon Festinger
Flung out at the front door, the old instincts are allowed in at the back after assuming an alias and a slight disguise. ~ Cyril Burt
Go out of your mind and come to your senses. ~ Timothy Leary
Doubt is to certainty as neurosis is to psychosis. The neurotic is in doubt and has fears about persons and things; the psychotic has convictions and makes claims about them. In short, the neurotic has problems, the psychotic has solutions. ~ Thomas Szasz
Only the madman is absolutely sure. ~ Robert Anton Wilson
The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either. ~ John Steinbeck
My knowledge of pain, learned with the sabre, taught me not to be afraid. And just as in dueling when you must concentrate on your enemy's cheek, so, too, in war. You cannot waste time on feinting and sidestepping. You must decide on your target and go in. ~ Otto Skorzeny
The man has effaced himself as the wielder of the sword. When he strikes, it is not the man but the sword in the hand of the unconscious that strikes. ~ Takuan Soho
No skill in swordsmanship, however just, can be secure against a madman's thrust. ~ William Cowper
It is extremely dangerous to strike the matches of empirical fact too close to the petroleum of prejudice. ~ Richard Webster
The door of a bigoted mind opens outwards so that the only result of the pressure of facts upon it is to close it more snugly. ~ Ogden Nash
They scream into my ears, but what they say will only make me deaf. ~ Claus Larsen
Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg, cackles as if she had laid an asteroid. ~ Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf. ~ Walter Lippmann
The more shocking the message, the more information contained therein! ~ Frank Ogden
The medium is the message. ~ Marshall McLuhan
Life is biology. Biology is chemistry. Chemistry is physics. Physics is quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics is math. Math is truth. ~ Deepak Chopra
Although the metaphysics of mathematics is still composed of abstract entities, the epistemology of mathematics is characterized in terms of knowledge of the consistency of mathematical theories. ~ Otavio Bueno
All hypotheses scientifically probable are the last gleams of the twilight of knowledge, or its last shadows. Faith begins where Reason sinks exhausted. Beyond the human Reason is the Divine Reason, to our feebleness the great Absurdity, the Infinite Absurd, which confounds us and which we believe. For the Master, the Compass of Faith is above the Square of Reason. ~ Albert Pike
Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. ~ Frank Zappa
It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. ~ Leo Tolstoy
Das Schφne ist nichts als des Schrecklichen Anfang, den wir noch grade ertragen, und wir bewundern es so, weil es gelassen verschmδht, uns zu zerstφren.
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Beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, which we are just barely able to endure, and it amazes us so, because it serenely disdains to destroy us.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. ~ Niels Bohr
To claim a monopoly on morality is not only presumptuous, it is preposterous and perilous. ~ Robert King Stierle
It may be the coexistence of contrasted systems, not the clash of opposed principles, which accounts for much of the complexity of the universe. ~ Lancelot Law Whyte
To say that ultimate reality is a unity of opposites is actually to say that in ultimate reality there are no boundaries. Anywhere. For boundary lines, of any type, are never found in the real world itself, but only in the imagination of the mapmakers. ~ Ken Wilber
Just because it didn't happen doesn't mean it isn't true. ~ Ken Kesey
History as she is harped; Rite words in rote order. ~ Marshall McLuhan
Truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies. ~ Winston Churchill
History is a set of lies agreed upon. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. ~ Nikola Tesla
Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind. ~ Rudyard Kipling
Words had a power to enchant which could be more effective than their power to instruct. ~ Ian Frederick Finseth
No word matters. But man forgets reality and remembers words. ~ Roger Zelazny
Words, like trees, bend with the prevailing winds. ~ Lance Morrow
Words convey the mental treasures of one period to the generations that follow; and laden with this, their precious freight, they sail safely across gulfs of time in which empires have suffered shipwreck. ~ Richard Trench
We just heard of a brand new wave. We heard it's heading for an early grave. We'll have to wait and see if there's anything we can save. ~ Paul Warren Dean
Apocalypses, apparently, are subject to fashion like everything else. What terrifies one generation can seem obsolete and trivial to the next. ~ David Brin
There will always be a conflict between lean poetry and fat propaganda. ~ Zahira Rahman
Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves. ~ Eric Hoffer
There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all argument, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance. This principle is, contempt prior to examination. ~ William H. Poole
Cognitive dissonance is the mind controller's best friend. ~ Robert Levine
Liars are the persons most ready to believe lies. ~ Gary Jennings
Don't take my word for it, do your own research. ~ Milton William Cooper
Oaths are but words, and words but wind. ~ Samuel Butler
Words are so much air, but air will be wind and make ships sail. ~ Kφsztler Artϊr
Lies can sound so true when people are starving for truth. Even whole societies will feast on their promises. ~ Alice Fryling
Lying and making promises about forever is almost as bad as one day at a time. ~ Nicole Williams
People say they love truth, but in reality they want to believe that which they love is true. ~ Robert J. Ringer
Chaos is present everywhere in countless ways and forms, while Order remains an unattainable ideal. ~ M.C. Escher
The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. ~ Carl Sagan
We often need to rethink what we actually mean by nothing, from empty space, to the absence of space itself. ~ Lawrence Krauss
Chaos itself can only be understood relative to order, so chaos is itself evidence of order and meaning. ~ Jacob Sawyer
Although Science may solve the problem of how the universe began, it can not answer the question: why does the universe bother to exist? ~ Stephen Hawking
Ignorance became more interesting, especially big fascinating ignorance about huge and important things like matter and creation. People stopped patiently building their little houses of rational sticks in the chaos of the universe and started getting interested in the chaos itself. ~ Terry Pratchett
The universe may be as great as they say, but it wouldn't be missed if it didn't exist. ~ Piet Hein
Existence is no longer a riddle to be solved but a mystery to behold. ~ Martin Lee
The real trick to life is not to be in the know - be in the mystery. ~ Fred Alan Wolf Ph.D.
The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved; it is a reality to be experienced. ~ Jacobus Johannes Leeuw
Naming is one of the impulses behind art; to give a name to the cosmos we see despite all the chaos. ~ Madeleine L'Engle
Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting. ~ Alan Dean Foster
Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds. ~ George Santayana
A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention. ~ Herbert Simon
We are drowning in information, but we are starved for knowledge. ~ John Naisbitt
The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory. ~ Paul Fix
gems and jewels and precious heavy mettle with some fool's gold thrown in.
Here are 8 keys on how to master your inner game from the "INNER GAME" book series author W. Timothy Gallwey.
1. The Two Parts Of Every Game: An Outer Game And An Inner Game
The player of the inner game comes to value the art of relaxed concentration above all other skills; he discovers a true basis for self-confidence; and he learns that the secret to winning any game lies in not trying too hard.
2. Show And Not Just Tell To Teach And Do And Not Just Listen To Master Something
The most common complaint of sportsmen ringing down the corridors of the ages is, Its not that I dont know what to do, its that I dont do what I know! Other common complaints that come constantly to the attention of the tennis pro: I play better in practice than during the match. I know exactly what Im doing wrong on my forehand, I just cant seem to break the habit.
3. The Key to Improvement In Anything Is To Become Aware and Improve The Relationship Between Your Two Selves
The key to better tennisor better anythinglies in improving the relationship between the conscious teller, Self 1, and the natural capabilities of Self 2.
4. Trying Too Hard Is a Questionable Virtue
Letting go of judgements, the art of creating images and letting it happen are three of the basic skills involved in the Inner Game.
5. The Art Of Relaxed Concentration
As soon a the player starts thinking about it and controlling it, he loses it. In short, 'getting it together' requires slowing the mind. Quieting the mind means less thinking, calculating, judging, worrying, fearing, hoping, trying, regretting, controlling, jittering or distracting. The mind is still when it is totally here and now in perfect oneness with the action and the actor.
6. The Importance of Trusting Yourself
Self 1 and Self 2 can be compared to a parent and a child. A trusting parent will allow their child to make some mistakes and learn from them and not be instructional at every bend of the way. In the same way, your conscious mind should be like a trusting parent to the child like 'doer' or the natural intelligence of the body or Self 2. There is a big difference in trying to make it happen by micromanaging versus allowing it to unfold with the natural intelligence of the body and the sub-conscious.
7. A New Inner Game Model Of Learning
Step 1: The first step that Gallwey proposes is to observe past behavior without judgement and not be caught up in criticism. Step 2: Instead of telling yourself to change and verbalizing it, use the power of images and picture the desired outcome and not try to correct for past errors. Step 3: Let the desired outcome just happen naturally and do not focus too hard to accomplish it. Step 4: Non-judgemental awareness allows you to self-correct instead of engaging attention on criticism and blame about results or the lack thereof.
8. The True Meaning Of Success
Winning is overcoming obstacles to reach a goal, but the value in winning is only as great as the value of the goal reached. Reaching the goal itself may not be as valuable as the experience that can come in making a supreme effort to overcome the obstacles involved. The process can be more rewarding than the victory itself.
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Gallweys the Inner Game
To summarize the Inner Game I have heightened the key principles that stand out in Gallweys books. While there are additional ideas and suggestions for improving performance, these are the primary ones. What follows also is a more extensive summary description that what you can find in Gallways books.
1) There are two games that we all play, an Outer Game and an Inner Game.
The outside game is the one with outside opponents and is the game that most of us focus on and care about. The inner game is subtler, less easily noticed, and more quickly forgotten. It is played out in the arena of your mind.
The game ends up playing the person rather than the other way around. There are two reasons: Success in the Inner Game is very often the deciding factor between success in your outer game and failure. Second the Inner Game is a fascinating game in its own rightand the only game that can be applied to all other games.
The inner game is about attitude. It is about being able to access the right attitude when we play so that we can be at our best. This is a positive attitude made up of focus, acceptance, fun, openness, learning, etc.
2) Learning is easy and incredible when we tap into our natural learning state. We interfere with natural learning by commands, demands, judgements, and criticism.
We are born fantastic avid learners. When we are curious, engaged, fascinated, and having fun, learning is easy, inevitable, and magical. Problems with learning arise when we force learning, frame learning with shoulds and should nots, and when the learning is full of content-driven instructions. Similarly, the biggest problem in performance is that we interfere with our learning.
We interfere with it through judging ourselves, criticizing ourselves, distrusting ourselves (our natural self, potentials, abilities), becoming afraid of failing, losing control, messing up, etc.
Gallwey calls the interference Self 1. When Self 1 gets in the way, we stop seeing the tennis ball as a ball and begin seeing it as a threat or as a challenge. Self 1 intentions also get in the way. They are in the way of Self 2's natural ease, grace, and learning. Non-judgement awareness enables us to stop the inference and to see the ball as a ball. The paradox is that we typically over-teach. When we overload the conscious mind with too many instructions, performance suffers.
3) The key to success and top-performance is to ACT (Awareness, Choice, Trust).
Success arises from three resourceful states: awareness (knowing the present situation with clarity), choice (moving in a desired direction in the future) and trust (of ones inner resources as the essential link). These three factors make for success in any field.
Awareness is non-judgemental awareness; it is awareness of what is.
Choice is the power to recognize where we want to go with clarity and precision and ownership of ones power to take charge.
Trust is trusting the natural learning powers of ones true self, Self 2. This is the self that expresses our potential, the vast reservoir of potential within each one of us that contains our natural talents and abilities.
4) Trying fails; Awareness cures.
Gallwey quotes Fritz Perls for this paradoxical phrase. He makes the point that the harder we try, the more confused things become. His power of awareness is what we call sensory awareness or acuity. In NLP we quote another line of Perls that contributes to our success: Lose your mind and come to your senses. More often than not, we do not need more instructions, we need more sensory awareness and more doing. When we fill our head with content instructions, this typically creates more pressure within us to try harder.
Awareness at the primary state level is awareness of the engagement were involved in. This sensory awareness keeps us involved, interested, curious, and absorbed. It is the meta-state of awareness of our awareness and awareness of our concepts and ideas that take us out of the moment, out of the experience, and send us into our heads.
Pure awareness is seeing reality for what it is, seeing the sensory dimension clearly. Gallwey discovered that if he asked the tennis player to watch the seams of the ball, that this awareness instruction would invite the player into the moment and simultaneously disengage the higher level judgements and evaluations. To see things as they are, we must take off our judgemental glasses. Such pure awareness allows us to then just observe and just report.
To simply accept reality for what it is, to accept the reality of our stroke, the return of the ball, our response as it is acknowledges the is.
Acknowledgment of ones own or anothers strengths, efforts, accomplishments, etc., can facilitate natural learning, whereas judgements interfere. . . . Acknowledgment of and respect for ones capabilities support trust in Self 2.
The same applies for changing old habits.
There is no need to fight old habits. Start new ones. It is the resisting of an old habit that
puts you in that trench.
Instead just freshly observe your responses now. Take interest in it, discover its range. Simply observe without interfering. Otherwise we get into the negative downward spiraling loops of the dragon that we deal with in Meta-States. This occurs when we turn our thoughts and feelings against ourselves which we do with rejection, disowning, judgement, etc.
5) Permission to fail leads to success.
Here is another irony or paradox. If we do not allow ourselves to fail, failure becomes more and more semantically loaded with meaning. This prevents it from being part of the learning process, the trial and error learning that we used as infants when we first learn to walk. It prevents failing from being part of the feedback process which then helps us to refine our performance. Suddenly failure becomes so semantically loaded, our fear of it prevents us from succeeding.
Giving ourselves permission to fail sidesteps any concern we might otherwise feel about performance. It allows us to stop trying. When we allow this, we dont fail. It releases us from the fear of failure.
As we let go of the judging process, we regain permission to fail and to use such for feedback.
Letting go of the judging process is a basic key to the Inner Game. . . . When we unlearn how to be judgemental, it is possible to achieve spontaneous, focused play.
In Meta-States, we accomplish this by applying acceptance to what is, acceptance to the process of acting and getting feedback, and releasing the old taboos and prohibitions through giving ourselves permission to be human, to be fallible, and to accept reality on its terms.
6) We learn best via experiential learning.
Self 2 learns by discovery by doing rather than thinking about doing. This exceeds the conceptual learning of Self 1. The problem is that when we over-value achievement above awareness, we lose control. Judging whether we are achieving or not, succeeding or not, winning over another or notthese are the concepts that get in the way.
Awareness is experiencing something directly; thinking is to conceptualize about what we are experiencing. The more we think about an experience, the less aware we become of the experience itself. As thinking increases, awareness decreases.
In experiential learning, we still need instructions, but not those cast in the bronze of dogma. We need instructions that are more like hints and guidelines. Then we can use them to guide our own personal discovery of how to apply the guideline to ourselves. In this, we are not so much obeying a rule as discovering a principle for how to play a particular Game.
7) Awareness is fed and nourished on sensory specific feedback.
Gallwey describes feedback as a mirror, as non-evaluative feedback that is grounded in fact. This is a coachs primary tool and because it is vulnerable to becoming judgemental, it has to be handled with care.
The experiences which we call mistakes are actually valuable feedback which our bodies need in order to discriminate between what works for us and what doesnt and to make the appropriate corrections. What we need to eliminate is not the mistakes themselves, but our fear of making them and the consequent judgements, criticisms, and anger. Accepting errors we make less of them. Such self-judgement distorts perception, interferes with performance and retards our abilities to learn and perform.
NLP has long focused on the importance of feedback, that there is no failure, only feedback, and in Neuro-Semantics we focus on avoiding the set up of a negative emotional state like fear about making a mistake. Recognizing that to fear or hate or reject a mistake creates a meta-state structure that turns our psychological energies against ourselves, we use the seeming paradoxical process of accepting mistakes and welcoming them.
8) Our focus of attention is the secret to mastery.
Attention is critical to all learning, understanding, and proficiency of action. Its only when we are giving our full attention to what we are doing that we can bring all of our resources to bear effectively.
Focus is the quintessential component of superior performance in every activity, no matter what the level of skill or the age of the performer. We do our best when we are focused.
What is focus? Is it a skill that we can develop by learning a technique? No.
It is more a function of your motivations being lined up behind what you are doing. Interest, motivation, and choice all have a great deal to do with ones ability to focus deeply and to sustain that focus over long periods of time.
This describes what we call the genius state in Meta-States training (Accessing Personal Genius), the state of aligning all of our highest intentions so that we can step into an engagement that allows us to let go of time, self, and the world. In this focus state we are fully engaged in the moment, fully present. It is this engagement attention that creates a quietness to our mind inasmuch as we only have one thing on our mind. With all of our mind fully engaged, there is no noise interfering from other facets.
We have fully entered into the engagement. This is what interest means, to be in (inter - est, est, to exist, inter, inside). This explains our focused con-centration. We are centered in and with something. It calls and pulls on us as an attractor in a self-organizing system. Thats why focus is so easy. We experience engagement attention when we are there with interest, curiosity, and fascination. And, the more awareness we have, the less judgement.
9) Success involves getting the clearest possible picture of your outcomes.
This is what moves us toward our goals. In the context of kinesthetic learnings (like tennis, skiing, and golf) Gallwey says that we mostly need imagery: sensory images. Movements are learned through visual and feeling images.. So thats what we need to provide for our Self 2 mind.
In designing goals, Gallwey also suggests that because three of the critical factors for success are performance, learning, and enjoyment, we enrich our goal-setting by setting not only performance goals, but also learning goals and enjoyment goals. In designing desired outcomes we therefore need to set goals about the performance and also learning goals and enjoyment goals.
This accords with the NLP Well-Formed Outcome pattern that provides a coaching model for setting realistic and compelling goals.
10) Success depends on mobility and flexibility.
Mobility refers to the ability to move in any desired direction without self-constraint. Driven by our deepest urgings, it is the quest for movement. This allow change to take place in an organic way, that is, through awareness and choice. We can then move toward our vision by having a clear picture of our goal, keep adapting and changing as we go, keeping our purposes clear and keep synchronizing our movement and direction. This enables us to invent it as we go, or as Gallwey put it, If I can have the courage to acknowledge my desire as it exists, without necessarily knowing how to fulfill it, mobility can start.
We speak about such mobility in terms of flexibility in NLP. The person with the most flexibility in a system will be the one who will have the most influence in that system.
11) When we create think space we can step back and make clear decisions.
Gallwey describes this using the acronym STOP: Step back, Think, Organize your thinking, Proceed.
Using the metaphor of going up a mountain to get a larger perspective of the whole situation, he speaks about thinking about our thinking, about putting distance between self and whatever youre involved in at the moment. This puts us back in the drivers seat to run our own brain as we say in NLP. It enables us to make the meta-move to a higher frame of mind thereby gaining a larger perspective. We do this through adopting different perceptual positions or stepping into a higher executive state of mind using Meta-States.
If our primary difficulty is that we get in our own way and interfere in unnecessary and problematic ways with our own success, how do we change that?
- How do we get out of our own way?
- What is the pathway to change?
- How can we learn better?
- How can we transform these old habits?
- What can we specifically do to get out of our way?
Gallwey describes change as both learning and coaching. Learning for him is what we all do naturally. Natural learning is our birthright. And it is easy, graceful, and inevitable if we can just get out of our own way, stop the self-judgement, and stop our Self 1 from interfering with our Self 2. This is where awareness (non-judgemental awareness) becomes so critical in the Inner Game. Frequently, he speaks about awareness as magical and curative per se. Frequently, thats all one needs.
L. Michael Hall, Ph.D META-STATES AND THE INNER GAME
Imagery is central to your use of most of these techniques. Good imagery skills are not complicated, but they do require a little time and a basic awareness of what is likely to make your images as strong as possible.
Imagery is most simply described as pictures in your mind. We all have the ability to imagine situations or events whether or not they have actually occurred. We can see in our mind's eye "movies" of events; we don't just think thoughts about the event but can actually picture it unfolding, as it happened or could happen, inside the mind.
For example, your mind carries images of the last meal you ate today. You can remember what you ate and that you ate it, but these are thoughts, not imagery. Imagery is more a reliving of the meal in vivid detail, closing your eyes and taking the time to see, feel, and taste it again. Taking time and looking for details are important steps to effective imagery. A 2-second recollection of a meal, song, kiss, or jump shot is a far cry from a 60-second detailed reliving of the same experience. The former might help you think, but the latter will help you feel what the experience was like for you. Therein lies the power of the images.
Most thoughts consist of words; images don't include words. "I hit a home run" is a collection of words that make a thought. A full, real-time reliving of the situation-the score, the field, the pitcher, your friends watching you, any other details of the event itself-played out slowly enough in your mind so that you can feel again what you felt then is the stuff of good imagery.
One good way to enhance your imagery powers and elevate them beyond mere thoughts is to focus on your five physical senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Since we take in about 80 percent of our information about the world through our eyes, it's most important that you visualize your images, encouraging yourself to see them as vividly as possible. A good approach is to ask yourself to study the image in your mind's eye and notice as many details about it as you can, as if someone were going to ask you detailed questions about it later. Once the visual portion of the image is sharp in your mind, see if you can add any of the other senses to deepen the experience of the image.
For example, if you're a hockey player, you might see yourself on the ice as the main part of the imagery experience. You can strengthen the image's power by adding sounds, such as the cheering of the crowd, the slap of the puck against the boards, the cutting hiss of skates on ice. Rinks often have a distinctive smell, and you can focus on this as well. You can involve your sense of touch in reviewing what your skates feel like laced tightly against your feet and ankles, how your pads feel against your body, your gloves and the stick in your hands, and so on. You can feel the chill of the misty air rising off the ice. Even the feel and taste of your mouth guard can be added to enhance the experience. Add to this images of the circumstances of a specific game-scoring that goal; coming from behind that day; the way you fear, respect, or hate that particular opponent-all of these details enrich the imagery experience for you. They make it much more likely that you can become lost inside the image and feel its full power, enhancing your mental preparation for any of the many exercises and techniques described in the remainder of this book.
Imagery can be built around actual past occurrences or events you create entirely in your mind. Some athletes rely heavily on scenes from past successes to build confidence as part of their overall Psych Skill Package. Others mentally view themselves playing that next game or running in an Olympic event many years down the road. Images can be of positive experiences or disasters. Consistent with our theme of mastering one's inner game so as to better meet challenges, some of the best imagery I've seen athletes use involves memories of success in a competition in which they felt dominated early on and were nearly beaten by the opponent. Give yourself the freedom to focus on images in whatever way seems strongest to you. If your imagery sessions leave you feeling kind of "blah," you're not doing it right. Good imagery sessions often make the athlete want to move physically; they make the athlete sweat or start his or her mind and heart racing. Make your images as rich and intense as you can.
David R. Kauss, PhD Mastering Your Inner Game
There are two struggles: an Inner-world struggle and an Outer-world struggle. You must make an intentional contact between these two worlds; then you can crystallize data for the Third World, the World of the Soul. G.I. Gurdjieff
Change Doesn't Happen Overnight: It Happens In These Five Stages
this according to two psychologists, Carlo DiClemente and James O. Prochaska. Their research has become paramount to the Transtheoretical Model of Change. It shows that trying to force someone to change before hes ready isnt likely to be productive.
These 5 stages of change can be used to assess a persons readiness to create behavior change:
1. Precontemplation If youre precontemplative, you wont recognize any need to change. Other people may express concerns, but youll deny that a problem exists. Unless someone raises your awareness of the problem, you likely wont choose to do anything differently. For example, a doctor hoping to get a precontemplative person to consider developing an exercise routine could provide education about the health risks associated with inactivity. Explaining the potential consequences of staying the same could help move a person into the next stage.
2. Contemplation When youre in stage two, you will recognize the potential consequences of not changing, but you wont yet be fully commited to making a change. For example, an employee may recognize that hes at risk of losing his job if he doesnt increase his sales, but he may still be resistant to trying a new sales technique because hes not quite sure the risk is worth the benefit. Moving to the next stage requires recognition that the benefits of change outweigh the risks of staying the same.
3. Preparation During the preparation stage, a plan for creating change is established. An entrepreneur who is finding himself unable to pay the bills, may create a plan to address the problem during the preparation stage. He may decide to sell some equipment, change his marketing plan or find a new strategy to increase revenue. Resist the urge to move through this stage too quickly. Devote plenty of time and energy into creating a good plan that will set you up for success.
4. Action - The steps created during the preparation stage get put into place during the action stage. Its where your behavioral change finally begins. For example, a person who is commited to lose weight will begin exercising and changing his eating habits during this stage.
5. Maintenance Two days into the action stage, you may be tempted to declare victory and think youre well on your path to success. But, if you dont consider how to maintain change over time, you may struggle with obstacles along the way. During this stage, its important to monitor your progress and plan ahead for possible problems and pitfalls that could cause you to resort to your old behavior patterns. For example, a person looking to maintain a healthy diet may need to plan ahead for the holiday season where it may be tempting to skip workouts and indulge in high calorie foods.
1. Relying on willpower for long-term change 2. Attempting big leaps instead of baby steps 3. Ignoring how environment shapes behavior 4. Trying to stop old behaviours instead of creating new ones 5. Blaming failures on lack of motivation 6. Underestimating the power of triggers 7. Believing that information leads to action 8. Focusing on abstract goals instead of concrete behaviors 9. Seeking to change a behavior forever, not for a short time 10. Assuming that behavior change is difficult Stanford UniversityPersuasive Tech Lab
1. Evaluate Your Core Beliefs Weve all developed core beliefs about ourselves, our lives and the world in general. Core beliefs develop over time and largely depend upon our past experiences. Whether youre aware of your core beliefs or not, they influence your thoughts, your behavior and emotions.
2. Expend Your Mental Energy Wisely Wasting brain power ruminating about things you cant control drains mental energy quickly. The more you think about negative problems that you cant solve, the less energy youll have leftover for creative endeavors. Focus on what is only within your control. Save your mental energy for productive tasks, such as solving problems or setting goals. When your thoughts arent productive, make a conscious effort to shift your mental energy to more helpful topics. The more you practice expending your mental energy wisely, the more it will become a habit.
3. Replace Negative Thoughts with Productive Thoughts Although most of us dont spend time thinking about our thoughts, increasing your awareness of your thinking habits proves useful in building resilience. Exaggerated, negative thoughts hold you back from reaching your full potential. Catch your negative thoughts before they spiral out of control and influence your behavior. Identify and replace overly negative thoughts with thoughts that are more productive. Productive thoughts dont need to be extremely positive, but should be realistic. Changing your thoughts requires constant monitoring, but the process can be instrumental in helping you become your best self.
4. Practice Tolerating Discomfort Being mentally strong doesnt mean you dont experience emotions. In fact, mental strength requires you to become acutely aware of your emotions so you can make the best choice about how to respond. Mental strength is about accepting your feelings without being controlled by them. Mental strength also involves an understanding of when it makes sense to behave contrary to your emotions. If you experience anxiety that prevents you from trying new things or accepting new opportunities, try stepping out of your comfort zone if you want to continue to challenge yourself. Tolerating uncomfortable emotions takes practice, but it becomes easier as your confidence grows. Practice behaving like the person youd like to become, whether you feel like it or not. Some discomfort is often necessary for greater gain, and tolerating that discomfort will help make your vision a reality, one small step at a time.
5. Reflect on Your Progress Daily Todays busy world doesnt lend itself to making much time available for quiet reflection. Create time to reflect upon your progress toward developing mental strength. At the end of each day, ask yourself what youve learned about your thoughts, emotions and behavior. Consider what you hope to improve upon or accomplish tomorrow. Developing mental strength is a work in progress. There is always room for improvement, and at times this will seem more difficult than at other times. Reflecting upon your progress can reinforce your ability to reach your definition of success while living according to your values.
These last three posts are so simple (on the surface) but contain so much instructional information. I reflect back on my last three years of psychotherapy and see how I've started incorporating all of the steps in the last post into my daily life.
It's so cool to be in a place where change and improvement of my overall mood can occur... it seems to be fostering hope and anticipation for my future.
thanks, myrlin! i am encouraged to know you enjoy my endless endeavours to engage, entertain and enlighten.
Apostles of Freedom are ever idolized when dead, but crucified when alive. ~ James Connolly
Leisure may give joy but the pain gives meaning; Meaningless joy is like an anchorless ship sailing in a shoreless sea. ~ Ajay Chandany
Violence then, is a sad confession of our fragility and weakness, our tragic inability to perfectly express our existence. ~ A.Grattan
Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. ~ Vαclav Havel
Optimism, where it is not merely the thoughtless talk of those who harbor nothing but words under their shallow foreheads, seems to me to be not merely an absurd, but also a really wicked, way of thinking, a bitter mockery of the most unspeakable sufferings of mankind. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
You or I might think that at least one would show courage and put up a fight. But neither you nor I have suffered as they, and even we have born witness in silence to lesser ills under less dire threat. ~ Robert Fanney
I have no mouth. And I must scream. ~ Harlan Ellison
Don't look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you'll know you're dead. ~ Thomas "Tennessee" Williams
If emotion without reason is blind, then reason without emotion is impotent. ~ Peter Singer
We must be careful never to get set into rigid molds. The minute we begin to think we know all the answers, we forget the questions. ~ Madeleine L'Engle
I'm not young enough to know everything. ~ James Matthew Barrie
There is a yearning that is as spiritual as it is sensual. Even when it degenerates into addiction, there is something salvageable from the original impulse that can only be described as sacred. ~ Mark Epstein
The task before us, if we are to live an integrated, meaningful life, is to come to a place of clarity and regular application so that our declared and demonstrated values are consistent and complimentary, not contradictory. ~ Daniel Henderson
Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer. ~ Joseph Campbell
How will you live your life so that it doesn't make a mockery of your values? ~ William Ayers
He who aims at perfection will probably miss the mark, but he who aims at nothing, is sure to hit it every time. ~ Henry Wheeler Shaw
Good intentions are not goals. ~ George Boelcke
Despite popular belief to the contrary, there is absolutely no power in intention. ~ Andy Andrews
'Good intention' alone is not good enough. ~ Unni Krishnan
Failing to plan is planning to fail. ~ Alan Lakein
Don't try to be better, train to be better! ~ Meagan Walker
Do, or do not. There is no try. ~ George Lucas
The greatness of an artist or organization lies in the building of an inner world and in the ability to reconcile this inner world with the outer. ~ Albert Einstein
The weaker the data available upon which to base one's conclusion, the greater the precision with which it should be quoted in order to give the data authenticity. ~ Norman Augustine
A game to subdue the turbulent spirit, or to worry a tranquil mind. ~ William Hartson
Experience comprises illusions lost, rather than wisdom gained. ~ Abbι Joseph Roux
Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru
Money flows from the impatient to the patient. ~ Warren Buffett
Why pay for someone else's mistakes when you can do it yourself and pay for your own. ~ Michael P. Frank
We have charred the surface of the earth leaving behind buildings which are cinders from the blasts of oceans of petrochemicals! Look, books and papers are the fossil fuel explosion of trees! ~ Michael McClure
There are those who argue that everything breaks even in this old dump of a world of ours. I suppose these ginks who argue that way hold that because the rich man gets ice in the summer and the poor man gets it in the winter. ~ William Barclay Masterson
A good player will at times purposely play poorly to vary his game. ~ William Jermyn Conlin
Bluffing is dangerous, therefore exciting. Being bluffed is not dangerous, only mortifying. ~ Jeffery LLoyd Castle
In much the same way that it's impossible to do magic tricks for a cat, it's impossible to bluff people who are not paying attention to you. ~ James Ernest
Game theory reduces this concept to a mathematical certainty. Bluff with a certain frequency: more than never, less than always. ~ John Vorhaus
If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability. ~ Vannevar Bush
A kicker, or squealer, always speaks of the money he has lost, against any game, as his money; while the gambler considers the money he loses, against any game, as lost: and it belongs to the person who won it. ~ George Devol
At gambling, the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck. ~ Ian Fleming
Adventure is just bad planning. ~ Roald Amundsen
Opportunity seems to be the opposite of oppression, perhaps even the antidote. ~ John Bowman
Chance favors the prepared mind. ~ Louis Pasteur
The harder I work, the luckier I get. ~ Szmuel Gelbfisz
It is bad luck to be superstitious. ~ Andrew W. Mathis
Use the power of your mind to shape the clay of your life into what you desire it to be. ~ Larry Iverson
I used to be a heavy gambler. But now I just make mental bets. That's how I lost my mind. ~ Steve Allen
The one who bets the most wins. Cards just break ties. ~ Sammy Farha
Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. ~ Ray Kroc
In the game of life, the house edge is called time. In whatever we do, nature charges us for doing it in the currency of time. ~ Bob Stupak
Trust what you know; have faith in where you go; if there's no wind, row; or go with the flow. ~ Edward Parrish III
Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer. ~ Mark Z. Danielewski
Suffering engenders passion. ~ Victor Hugo
Passion means suffering and compassion means suffering together. ~ Lacey Sturm
The misery of millions is not a cause for pity. Rather it is a cause for compassion. ~ Tenzin Gyatso
I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy! ~ Louise Bogan
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a deep ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair. ~ Bertrand Russell
Cosmic love - so much easier - cleaner than accepting any responsibility. ~ Darryl Alfred Levey
Compassion is no substitute for justice. ~ Rush Hudson Limbaugh III
We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. ~ Elie Wiesel
Sometimes the sanest thing to do is just wallow in the misery for a while. Then climb out. ~ Kevin D. Weeks
Let us not foster, embrace, rekindle and indulge our grief. For then our sorrow is a selfish and luxurious fiction. ~ Frederick William Faber
Men respond as powerfully to fictions as they do to realities, and that in many cases they help to create the very fictions to which they respond. ~ Walter Lippmann
If it doesn't challenge you it won't change you. We only expand by demand. ~ Hilary Hinton Ziglar
Passion is like suffering, and like suffering it creates its object. It is easier for the fire to find something to burn than for something combustible to find the fire. ~ Miguel de Unamuno
Passion is not something you pursue. It is something that you produce. ~ Mark Busse
Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. ~ Thomas Jefferson
We came to incite insight, unite and discuss this. We came to hang, and to bang the drums of justice. ~ Drew Dellinger
If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh
I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain. ~ James Baldwin
Power takes as ingratitude the writhing of its victims. ~ Rabindranatha Thakura
That gap between the need to self-actualize and the need to stay safe has many names, including depression. ~ Justine Musk
Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations. ~ Edward de Bono
One person can't do everything but all of us can do one thing to change the world. ~ Somaly Mam
As we bothered less about cultivating ourselves, and were willing to spend and be spent for that without us, above us, and before us, life became infinite and this world became heaven. ~ Edward Everett Hale
Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them. ~ Peter Alexander von Ustinow
You cannot reason people out of positions they didn't reason themselves into. ~ Ben Goldacre
Suppose that he is presented with evidence, unequivocal and undeniable evidence, that his belief is wrong: what will happen? The individual will frequently emerge, not only unshaken, but even more convinced of the truth of his beliefs than ever before. ~ Leon Festinger
When truth is replaced by silence,the silence is a lie. ~ Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ~ Martin Luther King
In intense suffering the world disappears and each of us is alone with his self. Suffering is the university of egocentrism. ~ Milan Kundera
Odi et amo. quare id faciam, fortasse requiris. nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.
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I hate and I love: why I do so, you may well ask. I do not know, but I feel it happen and the pain is excruciating.
~ Gaius Valerius Catullus
We worry about tomorrow like it is promised. ~ Catharine Garrett
If you want, you will suffer; if you love, you will grieve. ~ Anne Lamott
Affectus, qui passio est, desinit esse passio simulatque eius claram et distinctam formamus ideam.
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Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it.
~ Benedito de Espinosa
There is no source or foreign force Can break one man who knows, That his free will nothing can kill And from that freedom grows. ~ Roibeαrd Gearσid Σ Seachnasaigh
I'm never really lonely in my Excentrifugal Force. ~ Frank Vincent Zappa
What loneliness is more lonely than distrust? ~ George Eliot
Relinquishing control to another person is like death: its only scary until it finally happens. ~ Agnostic Zetetic
Loneliness doesn't have much to do with where you are. ~ Hugh Hefner
The mind, at times, takes masochistic delight in suffering. ~ Saurbh Katyal
Death gotta be easy cause life is hard. It'll leave you physically, mentally, and emotionally scarred. ~ Curtis James Jackson
Death is not tragic but an apotheosis. ~ Harold Bloom
It will come so fast you cant help yourself you will stretch out your arms to embrace it. You will feel it before it comes and you will tense yourself for acceptance and the earth which is your eternal bed will tremble at the moment of your union. ~ Dalton Trumbo
Death may take man out of the world but only wisdom can take the world out of the man. ~ Manly P. Hall
'Come to the edge', he said. They said, 'We are afraid'. 'Come to the edge', he said. They came. He pushed them... and they flew. ~ Guillaume Apollinaire
We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down. ~ Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
If I could fall in love, I wouldn't need a shove. ~ Leonard Kravitz
No wise forward look can ignore the possibility of many sorrows and the certainty of some. Hope has ever something of dread in her eyes. ~ Alexander MacLaren
Make sure your fun is not mocking someones pain and your enjoyment is not anothers suffering. The melody of your ears must not be the cries of a powerless. ~ Shahla Khan
We have not lost. To refuse to fight would have been to lose; to fight is to win. ~ Padraig Pearse
These two elements are linked by choice: to begin a discipline requires the freedom to choose it, to make freedom meaningful requires choosing disciplines which limit it. ~ Chase Nordengren
Pain, suffering, and misery adequately humble an individual, cultivating empathy and understanding for others in similar plights. While a life of ease and comfort and pleasure often fosters extravagant and selfish habits, spurring pride and blinded vision. ~ Richelle Goodrich
In grief, part of the pain comes from our feeling that we should not suffer so - that it is fundamentally alien to our being, this even though we all suffer, and frequently. ~ Wendy Beckett
It is not those who can inflict the most, but those that can suffer the most who will conquer. ~ Terence MacSwiney
Veo al final de mi rudo camino, que yo fui el arquitecto de mi propio destino.
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I see at the end of my rough road, that I've been the architect of my own destiny.
~ Amado Nervo
Looking back I've lived and learned but now I'm wondering. Here I wait and only guess what this next life will bring. ~ Terence Butler
so many thoughts, so little brain. more than my mind can safely contain. too many feelings, too small a heart. one more emotion could blow it apart.
"Rightness is what matters in vertical thinking. Richness is what matters in lateral thinking." Edward de Bono
Lateral Thinking provides a deliberate, systematic process resulting in innovative thinking.
Lateral thinking is solving problems through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic.
Lateral Thinking teaches you how to think creatively, turn problems into opportunities, find alternative solutions, and dramatically increase your number of new and practical ideas using unconventional thinking techniques normally untapped by our usual ways of thinking.
Lateral Thinking Techniques
Alternatives / Concept Extraction: Use concepts to breed new ideas Focus: Sharpen or change your focus to improve your creative efforts Challenge: Break free from the limits of accepted ways of operating Random Entry: Use unconnected input to open new lines of thinking Provocation: Move from a provocative statement to useful ideas Harvesting: Select the best of early ideas and shape them into useable approaches Treatment of Ideas: Develop ideas and shape them to fit an organization or situation
Dr. Edward de Bono divides thinking into two methods. He calls one vertical thinking, which uses the processes of logicthe traditional, historical method. He calls the other lateral thinking, which involves disrupting an apparent thinking sequence and arriving at the solution from another angle.
Creative thinking is not a talent; its a skill that can be learned. It empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities, which improves creativity and innovation, which leads to increased productivity. Creativity and innovation are the only engines that will drive lasting success.
"You can analyze the past, but you have to design the future." Edward de Bono
Originally Posted By: Edward de Bono - Lateral Thinking
1. "You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging the same hole deeper." This means that trying harder in the same direction may not be as useful as changing direction. Effort in the same direction (approach) will not necessarily succeed. 2. "Lateral Thinking is for changing concepts and perceptions." With logic you start out with certain ingredients just as in playing chess you start out with given pieces. But what are those pieces? In most real life situations the pieces are not given, we just assume they are there. We assume certain perceptions, certain concepts and certain boundaries. Lateral thinking is concerned not with playing with the existing pieces but with seeking to change those very pieces. Lateral thinking is concerned with the perception part of thinking. This is where we organise the external world into the pieces we can then 'process'. 3. "The brain as a self-organising information system forms asymmetric patterns. In such systems there is a mathematical need for moving across patterns. The tools and processes of lateral thinking are designed to achieve such 'lateral' movement. The tools are based on an understanding of self-organising information systems." This is a technical definition which depends on an understanding of self-organising information systems. 4. "In any self-organising system there is a need to escape from a local optimum in order to move towards a more global optimum. The techniques of lateral thinking, such as provocation, are designed to help that change." This is another technical definition. It is important because it also defines the mathematical need for creativity.
Lateral Thinking Is A Skill That Can Be Learned. This is an important point to understand. With the right training you can improve your ability to think laterally.
Vertical thinking selects a pathway by excluding other pathways. Lateral drinking does not select but seeks to open up other pathways. With vertical thinking one selects the most promising approach to a problem, the best way of looking at a situation. With lateral thinking one generates as many alternative approaches as one can.
With vertical thinking one may look for different approaches until one finds a promising one. With lateral thinking one goes on generating as many approaches as one can even after one has found a promising one. With vertical thinking one is trying to select the best approach but with lateral thinking one is generating different approaches for the sake of generating them.
Vertical thinking is selection by exclusion. One works within a frame of reference and throws out what is not relevant. With lateral thinking one realizes that a pattern cannot be restructured from within itself but only as the result of some outside influence. So one welcomes outside influences for their provocative action. The more irrelevant such influences are the more chance there is of altering the established pattern. To look only for things that are relevant means perpetuating the current pattern.
Edward de Bono
"Removing the faults in a stage-coach may produce a perfect stage-coach, but it is unlikely to produce the first motor car." Edward de Bono
Prolonged stress has a significant effect on digestive health. The blood supply to the organs of digestion is increasingly diminished making repair difficult and digestion weak. In time, the bacterial eco-system in our digestive tract (so vital for nutrient absorption) becomes unbalanced and pain, constipation and/or diarrhea are more common. Sue Webster, colon hydrotherapist
If stress is the cause of physical indigestion, what is the cause of stress? MENTAL indigestion! Most people be-bop through life oblivious to their mental, emotional, and physical states and do not notice how stress effects them until theyre at the doctors office asking for a pill. I would like to propose that if we PROCESS what happens in our lives and DIGEST what enters our minds, we can reduce our stress, better digest our food, and regain our health! Below are common symptoms and causes of MENTAL indigestion. Notice whether you have experienced the corresponding physical digestive ailment in conjunction with its mental/emotional counterpart:
Constipation: repression of feelings, resistance of what IS, unwillingness to look at and process a situation or feeling. Diarrhea: distracted, complete withdrawal of attention to mental processing, inability to absorb information. Gagging: trying to swallow large mental concepts or ideas in one bite, biting off more than you can chew. Nausea: consumption of poisonous or rotten thoughts, fear caused by a lack of understanding. Bloating: inability or unwillingness to release. Acid reflux: lack of balance, painful shout-out to oneself. Fatigue: poor quality input, lack of positive stimulation. Weight gain: holding onto emotions, such as resentment, fear, and guilt, causing them to get stuck in your cells. Irritable bowel syndrome: constant irritation and anxiety, no matter what you try to digest it just doesnt come out right. Indigestion: some things are just not digestible, such as bones (What bone are you gnawing? Put down the bone.)
Tools for improving mental AND physical digestion: Get proper health care for existing or new digestive problems (digestive issues can also CAUSE stress). Seek support, such as counseling, life coaching, or support groups. Develop a gratitude practice, such as journaling. Exercise in any form that you enjoy. Do what you love. Make the changes youve been putting off. LET GO. Explore stress reduction programs, such as yoga, massage and acupuncture. Develop a spiritual practice or join a spiritual group.
And remember ___ or get off the pot. Sometimes youre just not ready to process or digest certain thoughts, emotions, experiences, or food, and thats okay.
Beyond Freedom and Dignity is a 1971 book by American psychologist B. F. Skinner. Skinner argues that entrenched belief in free will and the moral autonomy of the individual (which Skinner referred to as "dignity") hinders the prospect of using scientific methods to modify behavior for the purpose of building a happier and better-organized society.
Beyond Freedom and Dignity may be summarized as an attempt to promote Skinner's philosophy of science, the technology of human behavior, his conception of determinism, and what Skinner calls "cultural engineering".
Skinner believed that human free will is an illusion and that any human action is the result of the consequences of the same action. If the consequences are bad, there is a high chance that the action will not be repeated; however if the consequences are good, the actions that led to it will become more probable. Skinner called this the principle of reinforcement.
Skinner called the use of reinforcement to strengthen behavior operant conditioning, and he considered the rate of response to be the most effective measure of response strength.
"When treated aversively people tend to act aggressively or to be reinforced by signs of having worked aggressive damage. Both tendencies should have had evolutionary advantages, and they can easily be demonstrated. If two organisms which have been coexisting peacefully receive painful shocks, they immediately exhibit characteristic patterns of aggression toward each other. The aggressive behavior is not necessarily directed toward the actual source of stimulation; it may be displaced toward any convenient person or object. Vandalism and riots are often forms of undirected or misdirected aggression. An organism which has received a painful shock will also, if possible, act to gain access to another organism toward which it can act aggressively." B. F. Skinner - Beyond Freedom & Dignity
i personally do not agree with everything that mr.skinner believes or says, but i find this book, and his other writings to be very useful in my quest to understand my own mind. his theories give me insight into my own behavior. i can spot my own functions and patterns and rituals. his view of humans as animals as machines does not match my own, as i am a firm believer in free will and odem. i need to know that i can break the cycle before it becomes a downward spiral, and that requires a decision on my part to choose action. i am sure that mr.skinner would argue that i am simply following my "free will action" program.
all of these aphorisms, assumptions, allegations, arguments, agreements, algorithms, axioms, apologies, articulations, assertions, aberrations, abstractions and absurdities were arduously and avidly assembled for your amusement.
Here and now, as always and everywhere, invention is the mother of necessity. ~ Tosten Bunde Veblen
Supply creates its own demand. ~ John Maynard Keynes
A product is no sooner created, than it, from that instant, affords a market for other products to the full extent of its own value. ~ Jean-Baptiste Say
The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart, this you will build your life by, and this you will become. ~ James Allen
Traditional thinking about the principles that define rational behaviour in a social economy has been severely limited by the static nature of equilibrium theory. Evolutionary theory, on the other hand, implies that the system under consideration is in principle open-ended; a closed system cannot evolve. ~ Robert Neugeboren
Traditions deserve to be respected only insofar as they are respectable that is, exactly insofar as they themselves respect the fundamental rights of men and women. ~ Amin Maalouf
We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart. ~ Henry Louis Mencken
Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. ~ Steven Paul Jobs
Instinct becomes extinct only when life does. ~ William J. Robinson
Without instinct, wed go extinct. ~ Jessica Smith
The inner experience and the outward behavior are not obviously linked and are often misinterpreted. We reflect each other like fun-house mirrors, with amazing distortions. ~ Dr.Daniel Johnson
Everything they had been bred for is being erased and everything that was instinct is now extinct! ~ Jim Buzzard
A closed system cannot create itself. ~ Charles Elliott
A gambler is one who teaches and illustrates the folly of avarice; he is a non-ordained preacher on the vagaries of fortune and how to make doubt a certainty. He is one who, in his amusements, eliminates the element of chance; chance is merely the minister in his workshop of luck. ~ Jefferson R. Smith
It seems hard to sneak a look at God's cards. But that he plays dice and uses telepathic methods (as the present quantum theory requires of him) is something that I cannot believe for a single moment. ~ Albert Einstein
Information is the resolution of uncertainty. ~ Claude Elwood Shannon
With the end of uncertainty came the uncertainty of the end. ~ Victor Frankl
I don't know what a scoundrel is like, but I know what a respectable man is like, and it's enough to make one's flesh creep. ~ Joseph De Maistre
I'm no hustler. I never go looking for a sucker. I look for a champion and make a sucker out of him. ~ Thomas Austin Preston Jr.
Some men learn the value of truth by having to do business with liars. ~ George Horace Lorimer
If they dont want to lose a jack-pot, they shouldnt put up their ante. ~ James B. Belford
He is not cheated who knows he is being cheated. ~ Edward Coke
No one should be ashamed to admit they are wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that they are wiser today than they were yesterday. ~ Alexander Pope
You don't learn from smart people, you learn from idiots. Watch what they do, and then don't do it. ~ Rudolf Wanderone
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. ~ George Bernard Shaw
Everyone has skeletons in their closet, some maybe more then others. My closet is like a graveyard. ~ Ily Ashton
God can turn your obstacles into opportunities. ~ Eric Lawson
Turn worry into worship by focusing on 'what is' instead of 'what if'. ~ Renee Swope
God will turn your mistakes into miracles if you trust him. ~ Joyce Meyer
Your past may be stained but your future is spotless. ~ Chantal Madden
God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, a victim into a victory, a problem into a prayer. ~ Nishan Panwar
Whoever survives a test, Whatever it may be, Must tell the story. That is his duty. ~ Eliezer Wiesel
Without promotion, something terrible happens... nothing! ~ Phineas Taylor Barnum
We have the capacity for infinite creativity; at least while dreaming. ~ Gorden Globus
Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake? ~ Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci
Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be. ~ Roald Dahl
Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives. ~ William Dement
Too much sanity may be madness - and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be! ~ Dale Wasserman
I soar between agony and ecstasy as each experience awes my soul with a palette of emotions that range from heavenly bliss to a hellish, maddening terror that cannot be articulated, much less comprehended. ~ Matthew Pallamary
Some stories are just too true to tell. ~ Peter Landesman
Trying to make sense of the beauty and the pain, the sacred and the profane, whipsawing between the agony and the ecstasy. ~ Mark Morford
The line between agony and ecstasy, between victory and defeat, is razor thin. ~ Jeremy Vernon
Talent is cheap; dedication is expensive. It will cost you your life. ~ Irving Tannenbaum
Language is an impure medium. Speech is public property and words are the soiled products, not of nature, but of society, which circulates and uses them for a thousand different ends. ~ Edward Hirsch
Die Sprache wird lediglich durch das Spiel der Spiegel nach dem Alphabet oder vereinbarten Ziffern bewirkt.
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Language is only produced by the play of mirrors from the alphabet or agreed upon ciphers.
~ Louis-Franηois Bertin
Each of us has his own alphabet with which to create poetry. ~ Irving Stone
All poetry from the beginning is about Eros and Thanatos. Those are the only subjects. ~ Erica Jong
Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven. ~ Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
Poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are of the nature rather of universals, whereas those of history are singulars. ~ Aristotle
Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before. ~ Audre Lorde
Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. ~ Norman O. Brown
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. ~ Scott Adams
Un buen escritor expresa grandes cosas con pequeρas palabras; a la inversa del mal escritor, que dice cosas insignificantes con palabras grandiosas.
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A good writer expresses great thoughts with simple words, whereas the bad writer says insignificant things with grandiloquence.
~ Ernesto Sabato
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
It does not require many words to speak the truth. ~ Hinmatσowyalahtqit (Chief Joseph)
It is a known fact that words that come from the heart enter the heart. ~ Rabbi Moshe Leib
All poets write bad poetry. Bad poets publish them, good poets burn them. ~ Umberto Eco
For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry. ~ Mary Oliver
A poet must leave traces of his passage, not proof. ~ Renι Char
The role of the poet is not to prove, but to affirm without producing any of the encumbering evidence which he possesses. In the course of time, the slow discovery of this evidence gives the poet his place as seer. ~ Jean Cocteau
If you reach a conclusion validly, you don't store all the work notes and doodles you've amassed on the way. Those are just the things conclusions are there to dispense with! ~ Samuel R. Delaney
He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison. ~ Albert Einstein
Thus knowledge is divorced from any actual living. Of what use is this? There is none! Such people are imprisoned by their own ideals; by their own idols. ~ Yakovsky Narcisskov
They'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. ~ Norma Jean Mortensen (Marilyn Monroe)
The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true. ~ James Cabell
Don't be the optimist or the pessimist by discussing the water in the glass. Rather, be the opportunist by drinking the water in the glass. ~ Pardeep Singh
An optimist is a person who sees only the lights in the picture whereas a pessimist sees only the shadows. An idealist, however, is one who sees the light and the shadows, but in addition sees something else. The possibility of changing the picture, of making the lights prevail over the shadows. ~ Felix Adler
An idealist focuses only on the absolute best aspects of situations and ignores the negatives in total detriment to reality, a pessimist sees no possibilities at all, and an optimist strives to see all the possibilities so they can find the best possible option among them. ~ Marc Chernoff
Optimism, though not always a reality, is always a truth. ~ David Capozza
Once we stop labeling ourselves, then maybe everyone else will. ~ Octavia Spencer
There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous. ~ Hannah Arendt
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. ~ William Shakespeare
For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. ~ Apostle Paul
The sadist is a coward, incapable of sacrificing himself. ~ Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov
Heroes and villains are not born. Neither are they made. Heroes and villains are CORNERED! ~ Ed Parrish
I am afraid to think of what I might have done, on requirement, in the secrecy of my terror. ~ Charles Dickens
The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention. ~ John Burroughs
Men are all alike in their promises. It is only in their deeds that they differ. ~ Jean-Baptiste Poquelin
Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest thing in the nicest way. ~ Isaac Goldberg
Words that do not match deeds are unimportant. ~ Ernesto Che Guevara Serna
Lies written in ink cannot disguise facts written in blood. ~ Lu Xun
Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle ~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn
The truth is more important than the facts. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense. ~ Leo Rosten
Let him who desires peace, prepare for war. ~ Flavius Renatus
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ~ Jack London
Long ago my doubts were dashed, for sudden inspiration flashed, The energy whose source I sought was all around - its cost was naught. ~ John Collins
Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. ~ Thomas Alva Edison
Life is what happens to us while we're making other plans. ~ John Lennon
Si quicquam cupido optantique optigit umquam insperanti, hoc est gratum animo proprie.
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If anything has happened to one who ever yearned and wished but never hoped, that is a rare pleasure of the soul.
~ Gaius Valerius Catullus
Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. ~ Oprah Winfrey
Luck, that is when preparation and opportunity meet. ~ Pierre Trudeau
Anticipation generally is worth several tonnes of reaction. ~ L.E. Modesitt Jr.
We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. ~ Anais Nin
A man has generally the good or ill qualities which he attributes to mankind. ~ William Shenstone
Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. ~ Chief Seattle
Ye cannot live for yourselves; a thousand fibres connect you with your fellow-men, and along those fibres, as along sympathetic threads, run your actions as causes, and return to you as effects. ~ Henry Melvill
To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the way of unifying with life energy. ~ Morihei Ueshiba
The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations. ~ David Friedman
You can't hold a man down without staying down with him. ~ Booker T. Washington
One mans happiness cannot be purchased by another mans misery. ~ Randy B. Livsey
Un hombre sσlo tiene derecho a mirar a otro hacia abajo, cuando ha de ayudarle a levantarse.
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A man only has the right to look down at another when he helps to lift him up.
~ Gabriel Garcνa Mαrquez
Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them. ~ Brooke Foss Westcott
Be grateful even for hardship, setbacks, and bad people. Dealing with such obstacles is an essential part of training in the way of the harmonious spirit. ~ Morihei Ueshiba
The warrior who stumbles on a petty tyrant is a lucky one. Nothing can temper the spirit of a warrior as much as the challenge of dealing with impossible people in positions of power. Only under those conditions can warriors acquire the sobriety and serenity to stand the pressure of the unknowable. ~ Carlos Castaneda
Temperance is reason's girdle and passion's bridle. ~ Jeremy Taylor
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. ~ Marie Curie
It's not enough to hate your enemy. You have to understand how the two of you bring each other to deep completion. ~ Don DeLillo
Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies. ~ Baltasar Gracian
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher. ~ Dalai Lama
Show respect to all people and grovel to none. ~ Tekamthi (Tecumseh)
Remember that it hurts no one to be treated as an enemy entitled to respect, until he shall prove himself a friend worthy of affection. ~ Ambrose Bierce
You can have anything you want in this life, as long as you help enough other people get what they want. ~ Zig Ziglar
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. ~ Nelson Mandela
You don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate. ~ Dr.Chester Karrass
Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on. ~ Robert Kennedy
Toute nation a le gouvernement qu'elle merite.
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Every nation has the government it deserves.
~ Joseph-Marie de Maistre
The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil. ~ Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus
When a person, by reprehensible behavior, practically cries out to be destroyed, it is truly your moral obligation to indulge them in their wish. ~ Anton Szandor LaVey
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? ~ Abraham Lincoln
Victory does not signify right, nor defeat wrong. The duel answers only honour and courage. ~ Donald McQuinn
Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared. ~ Eddie Rickenbacker
Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Don't count the days, make the days count. ~ Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali)
Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils. ~ Hector Berlioz
The things we fear the most have already happened to us. ~ Deepak Chopra
There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. ~ Alfred Hitchcock
Last night I was in the Kingdom of Shadows. If you only knew how strange it is to be there. It is a world without sound, without colour. ~ Maxim Gorky
We penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness. It was very quiet there. ~ Jσzef Konrad Korzeniowski
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. ~ Marianne Williamson
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
There is nothing in the dark that isn't there when the lights are on. ~ Rod Serling
War is fear cloaked in courage. ~ General William Westmoreland
Anger is nothing but fear with a mask. ~ Don Miguel Ruiz
Total paranoia is total awareness. ~ Charles Milles Maddox
It's funny how sometimes the people you'd take a bullet for, are the ones behind the trigger. ~ Ritu Ghatourey
The hand and the wrist had to be trained to fit the pistol, since the pistol did not fit the hand and the wrist. ~ Bartholomew Masterson
The hand and handle must be so as to become one with the weapon. ~ Dwight C. McLemore
I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail. ~ Abraham Harold Maslow
When you carry a gun, everything starts looking like a sword. If you pass the butter too quickly, Im likely to shoot you. ~ Jarod Kintz
Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake. ~ Ksawery Tartakower
Time goes, you say? Ah no! Time stays, we go. ~ Henry Austin Dobson
The conservative has little to fear from the man whose reason is the servant of his passions, but let him beware of him in whom reason has become the greatest and most terrible of passions. ~ Freeman John Dyson
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
To fathom hell or soar angelic, Just take a pinch of psychedelic. ~ Humphry Osmond
There are some auras whose size and radiance require miles of solitude, like a nuclear accident. ~ Cintra Wilson
As we know, the first rule of unarmed combat is to arm yourself. ~ C.R.Jahn
Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock. ~ Will Rogers
Even mortally wounded duelists were sometimes able to continue fighting effectively long enough to take the lives of those who had taken theirs. ~ Richard Cohen
Power and violence are opposites; where the one rules absolutely, the other is absent. ~ Hannah Arendt
I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life. ~ Mohandas Gandhi
Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict. ~ Dorothy Thompson
A fight is a sociological function, in which there are rules and limits. Combat is a free-for-all, where victory is awarded to the survivor. There are no rules; in combat, you do what you have to do to win. These things are as different as night and day. If you cant differentiate between them, you can land in a heap of trouble. Most situations are not combat; they are fights, and therefore less intense. So relax about it. ~ Marc MacYoung
No single event can awaken within us a stranger whose existence we had never suspected. To live is to be slowly born. ~ Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger de Saint-Exupιry
You think the only people who are people Are the people who look and think like you But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger You'll learn things you never knew you never knew ~ Stephen Lawrence Schwartz
Conheces o nome que te deram, nγo conheces o nome que tens.
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You know the name they gave you, you do not know the name you have.
~ Josι de Sousa Saramago
We're all strangers. But after a while you get used to it. You become deeper strangers. ~ Renιe Wexler
Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes. ~ Walt Whitman
Everyone has it within his power to say - This I am today; that I will be tomorrow. ~ Louis Dearborn LaMoore
Theres a misconception that stoics train themselves not to feel any emotions at all. Of course this isnt true -- as a stoic, you still experience all manner of negative emotions like rage and anxiety, says Pigliucci. What you can do is to acknowledge the emotion but say yes, but Im not going to act on it. Im going to do better than my immediate emotional response would suggest.
2.Visualize the things that annoy you
A Stoics day begins with a morning meditation. I pick a quiet spot and start to go over the list of possible challenges during the day, things that might create problems, says Pigliucci. For instance, Pigliucci visualizes a person on the subway blasting music from his earphones. And then I remind myself of which of the fundamental virtues might be necessary to deal with (the problems). The idea is to prepare yourself mentally for whatever you might face during the day. (By the way, the Stoic virtues are courage, self-control, practical wisdom, and justice or equanimity.)
3.Remember that youre not that important
Another important Stoic meditation is called the Heracles Circle, named after a famous Roman Stoic. He had this idea of a visualization where you start with yourself, and then you start expanding your sphere of concern, says Pigliucci. First to your family -- and you actually visualize these people, you dont just name them-- then you expand further to your friends, then further to your acquaintances and co-workers, then further to your city, then to your nation, and then finally to the whole planet, to humanity at large. The idea there is to remind yourself that you are a member of a large community of humankind, and you ought to be concerned with all of them."
4.Imagine the worst
A major element of Stoicism is the premeditatio malorum, which is actually quite similar to what some might call aversion therapy. If youre afraid of something happening, you visualize it over and over, with small steps in a controlled and safe environment, says Pigliucci. It will help you overcome your fears. And once youre really advanced, you can try the darkest, heaviest version of the Premeditatio Malorum: visualizing your own death. Not for the faint of heart.
5.Ask yourself these three questions at the end of every day
The evening meditation is just as important as the morning one its when you reflect on your actions and learn from your mistakes. What did I do right? (Stoics are allowed a little self-congratulation every now and then.) What did I do wrong? (Take a mental note for next time.) What did I fail to do? (The next time a similar situation happens, youll be better prepared.)
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The Stoics argued that the most important thing in life and the only thing with real value is virtue or excellence of character. This includes the traditional virtues like moderation, courage, justice, and wisdom but should also be understood more broadly as an excellent mental state. They identify this with rationality. It is this excellent, rational, virtuous character that enables human beings to act as best as they can in any given circumstance.
The central Stoic claim is that this excellent mental state is ultimately the only thing that really matters; it is the only thing that is really good and it is the only thing that can bring us wellbeing or happiness. Without this we shall never be happy. Cultivating this excellent character ought to be our top priority, above all other things, if we want to live a good, happy life.
Conversely all those external things that people often pursue for the sake of happiness a good job, money, success, fame, and so on cannot guarantee us happiness, the Stoics claim. They could well be parts of a happy life but, on their own, they will never deliver not without an excellent, rational frame of mind.
However this stress on the role of virtue does not mean that those things that people normally think of as good are not important things such as health, having good friends, and financial means. It is just that whether you have any of these other things or not does not make any difference ultimately to your ability to live a good life.
So the Stoics suggest that if we are serious about leading a good, happy, contented life we ought to focus our attention inwards, not outwards, at least until we have started to make progress towards developing an excellent character. But this doesnt mean they suggest we turn our backs on the outside world. On the contrary, the reason for developing a virtuous character is that it enables us to interact with the world in a better, kinder, and more positive way.
The best way to approach life, the Stoics suggest, is to think of oneself as an archer who does his or her best to fire the arrow well but accepts that once it has flown it may be blown off course and miss the target. In this analogy, our intentions are like preparing to fire the arrow, but the outcome of our actions, like hitting the target, is beyond our control and partly the result of external events.
Although the Stoics are not against pursuing external things or preferring one external thing over another (it is better to be healthy than sick, better to be rich than poor), they do warn that if we get too carried away in the pursuit of such things we run the risk of compromising the one thing that is most important our excellent, rational character. As soon as we start to get stressed, annoyed, impatient, frustrated, or angry about any of the external things that we are pursuing in our daily lives, then we run the risk of compromising the one thing that really can enable us to live a good life for the sake of something that ultimately cannot. Thats the line the Stoics say we ought not to cross.
In the popular imagination a Stoic is someone who denies or represses their emotions in a potentially unhealthy way. This is largely just a widespread misconception, though. The real Stoic position is different from this in a number of ways. The central claim the Stoics make is that our emotions are ultimately the product of judgements we make. If we feel fear it is because we have judged that something terrible might be about to happen to us. If we feel anger it is because we have judged that something bad is happening to us right now.
The Stoics do not suggest that we should repress or deny these instead they want to show us how we can uproot these sorts of unpleasant emotions altogether. This is something we can do, the Stoics say, because these emotions are the product of our judgements about what is good and bad in life. Change the judgements and you will change the emotions. Our emotions are typically within our control, even if it might not feel like it some of the time.
However, the Stoics also acknowledge the existence of certain reflex-like aspects of emotion, physiological reactions, such as blushing, stammering, or being startled. These typically remain involuntary and beyond our direct control, although we can choose how we respond to them and whether we allow ourselves to dwell on or escalate our first impressions and initial reactions. Crucially, in the same way that faulty judgements lead to irrational emotions or unhealthy desires, so too will wise judgements lead to healthy desires and emotions. For example, the Stoics claimed there were three broad categories of good desires and emotions, which are both rational to possess and naturally follow as a consequence of developing virtuous attitudes:
1. Joy or delight, in the experience of what is truly good, as opposed to empty or unhealthy pleasures.
2. Caution or discretion, toward the prospect of what is truly bad, as opposed to irrational fear or cowardice.
3. Wishing or willing what is truly good, including the wellbeing of others, as opposed to excessively craving health, wealth or reputation.
So the Stoic Sage is not a cold fish. In fact, the ancient Stoics repeatedly said their goal was not to be as unfeeling as someone with a heart of stone or iron but to develop the natural affection we have for those close to us, in accord with wisdom and virtue, ultimately extending it to all of mankind. Marcus Aurelius therefore praised his own Stoic tutor, Sextus of Chaeronea, for being full of love, or natural affection, and yet free from unhealthy passions (Meditations). Later, Marcus asks when he will achieve such an affectionate and contented state of being himself (Meditations).
Now, lets connect this with what the Stoics say about value. Take a trivial example like being late for a meeting or appointment. If we are running late due to bad traffic or public transport delays or whatever and we start to get annoyed it is because we are at some level judging that something bad is happening, that it really matters that we get to the appointment on time, that something bad will happen if we get there late, and so on. But of course none of these things really matter for they are all external to us. It is always good to be on time and we would prefer not to be late, but whether we are on time or late wont really affect our well-being, in the sense that it doesn't make us ethically bad people. By contrast getting annoyed will directly and damage the only thing that can guarantee it a good state of character.
3. Nature & the Community of Humankind
Sorting out our judgements about the world brings us to the nature of the world itself. One of the most famous ancient Stoic slogans is that we ought to live in harmony with Nature. What did they mean by this? Well, the Stoics thought of Nature in two key ways.
The first is as a single, organic whole in which everything is interconnected. The cosmos is like a single living being. Like all other living beings it is in a continual process of change. So, when facing the world we ought to see ourselves as part of it. We are but one small component or element within a much larger entity. We are not the centre of the world and it is not all about us. The larger process of change, growth, and decay that take place in Nature are inevitable and ultimately out of our control. There is nothing to be gained from trying to resist these larger processes and resisting them produces frustration, anger, and disappointment. Instead, we ought to embrace Nature on its own terms and accept our place within it as limited, finite beings, with limited power and a limited lifespan but also as parts of something much greater than us. Nature is not just something 'outside us' however, but is something 'within us'. All living beings are parts of nature and reflect her laws. The Stoics believe that nature has made most animal species, and especially the human species, to be social in character. We form attachments, we live in community, and we wish to find a partner and raise children. The self in Stoic thought is intrinsically a social self. From this natural affection stems the Stoic ideal of the community of humankind. As Marcus Aurelius writes
We were born for cooperation, like feet, like hands, like eyelids, like the rows of upper and lower teeth. So to work in opposition to one another is against nature: and anger or rejection is opposition, and Epictetus also writes that we should consider ourselves to be citizens of the world. So we, in a sense, fulfill our own natures when we act kindly or benevolently, whether or not they are following their natural social instincts.
An important research in the area of psychology that can enrich our perspective on the relationship between morality and violence concerns the co-called moral disengagement. The neglect of moral conduct is widespread in moral agents: moral standards, even if previously adopted as guidelines for self-sanctioning and to avoid self-condemnation or self-devaluation, are often contravened. The moral behaviour is both inhibitive - refraining from certain behaviour - and proactive - behaving according to that particular idea of humanity, which is embedded in the adopted moral standard. Unfortunately, the activation of the moral standard can be deactivated - that is what moral disengagement is about - so that the alternative behaviour is no longer viewed as immoral, the possible consequent harm is minimized, expected positive consequences are overemphasized and victims are devaluated in their very nature as human beings. What is important to note from our perspective is that to engage moral disengagement, people often construct moral justifications of the new actions so that the conduct is made personally and socially acceptable by portraying it as serving a socially worthy or moral purpose. The redefinition of killing is an amazing example of disengagement: shifts in destructive people's behaviour is seen in military conduct, where a new conduct is achieved not by altering their personality structures, aggressive drives or moral standards. Usually this justification also consists in a legitimization of violence!
In sum, becoming violent by freeing ourselves from self-censure is much easier than expected or imagined. In war settings, decent and ordinary people can become horrible violent people and see themselves as fighting ruthless oppressors, protecting their cherished values, preserving world peace, saving humanity from subjugation or honouring their country's commitments. Just war tenets were devised to specify when the use of violent force is morally justified. However, given people's dexterous facility for justifying violent means all kinds of inhumanities get clothed in moral wrappings. When viewed from divergent perspectives the same violent acts are different things to different people. This is why moral appeals against violence usually fall on deaf ears. Adversaries sanctify their own militant actions, but condemn those of their antagonists as barbarity masquerading under outrageous moral reasoning. Each side feels morally superior to the other.
The massive threats to human welfare stem mainly from deliberate acts of principle rather than from unrestrained acts of impulse.
The strength of moral self-censure depends partly on how the perpetrators view the people they mistreat. To perceive another in terms of common humanity activates empathetic emotional reactions through perceived similarity and a sense of social obligation. The joys and suffering of those with whom one identifies are more vicariously arousing than are those of strangers or of individuals who have been divested of human qualities. It is, therefore, difficult to mistreat humanized persons without suffering personal distress and self-condemnation. Self-censure for cruel conduct can be disengaged by stripping people of human qualities. Once dehumanized, they are no longer viewed as persons with feelings, hopes and concerns but as subhuman objects. If dispossessing one's foes of humanness does not weaken self-censure, it can be eliminated by attributing demonic or bestial qualities to them. It is easier to brutalize people when they are viewed as low animal forms. The process of dehumanization is an essential ingredient in the perpetration of inhumanities. Combining diffused responsibility with dehumanization greatly escalates the level of punitiveness. In contrast, personalization of responsibility and humanization of others together have a powerful self-restraining effect. Many conditions of contemporary life are conducive to impersonalization and dehumanization. Bureaucratization, automation, urbanization, overpopulation, crowding and geographical mobility lead people to relate to each other in anonymous, impersonal ways. In addition, social practices that divide people into ingroup and outgroup members produce human estrangement that fosters dehumanization. Strangers can be more easily depersonalized than can acquaintances.
Euphemistic Labelling - aggressive actions and assaults can be verbally sanitized, denied, minimized and concealed throught the clever use of camouflage language, media, propaganda and hypocrisy. example: innocent victims of "friendly fire" become "collateral damage".
Advantageous Comparison - behaviour is coloured by what it is compared with, so that reprehensible acts can be seen as righteous. example: a bomber commits suicide and mass murder by thinking of the cruelties and injustices inflicted upon the group he represents.
Displacement of Responsibility - the minimization or obscuring of the agentive role of the harm one causes. example: a man kills simply because he is carrying out orders.
Diffusion of Responsibility - scapegoat mechanism, no one feels responsible for the perpetrated violence because group decisions and collective actions tend to suppress private doubts. example: mob mentality can erupt into lynchings and riots and massacres.
Disregard or Distortion of Responsibility - discrediting the evidence of harmful consequences or minimizing the perception of the actual harm. example: claiming the complaints have been fabricated or exaggerated.
Projection of Responsibilty - blaming one adversary, while proclaiming innocence, or self defense, or justifiable punitive retaliation for unprovoked enemy aggression. example: we see ourselves as faultless victims compelled to harmful behaviour by circumstances and wrongful actions committed against us.
Dehumanization - to view the targets of our violence as less than human, or at least less human than us and our allies. example: focus on the differences between "us" and "them", rather than the commonalities, will help us avoid empathizing with their suffering.
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A book that influenced me profoundly on this subject is: Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century written by the English ethicist Jonathan Glover.
He examines the many humanitarian disasters that occurred in the twentieth century and finds common characteristics from which he defines the behaviors that turn rational men into irrational animals. The first step in the journey to commit crimes against humanity is to dehumanize the victims. And, the first step in this process of dehumanization is hate speech.
Ever since I read the book, I no longer see a hate speech instance as an isolated incident, but as a potential first step to the victimization of a whole group of humans.
"Why are savagery and violence so omnipresent among humans? We suggest that hunting behaviour is fascinating and attractive, a desire that makes temporary deprivation from physical needs, pain, sweat, blood and, ultimately, the willingness to kill tolerable and even appetitive. Evolutionary development into the perversion of the urge to hunt humans, that is to say the transfer of this hunt to members of one's own species, has been nurtured by the resultant advantage of personal and social power and dominance. While a breakdown of the inhibition towards intra-specific killing would endanger any animal species, controlled inhibition was enabled in humans in that higher regulatory systems, such as frontal lobe-based executive functions, prevent the involuntary derailment of hunting behaviour. If this control--such as in child soldiers for example--is not learnt, then brutality towards humans remains fascinating and appealing. Blood must flow in order to kill. It is hence an appetitive cue as is the struggling of the victim. Hunting for men, more rarely for women, is fascinating and emotionally arousing with the parallel release of testosterone, serotonin and endorphins, which can produce feelings of euphoria and alleviate pain. Bonding and social rites (e.g. initiation) set up the constraints for both hunting and violent disputes. Children learn which conditions legitimate aggressive behaviour and which not. Big game hunting as well as attack of other communities is more successful in groups--men also perceive it as more pleasurable. This may explain the fascination with gladiatorial combat, violent computer games but as well ritualized forms like football."
here is a book from which i gathered great impressions.
i was deeply moved by the main character and his struggle with an unspeakably ugly situation.
probably one of the best (anti)war novels i have ever read. i honestly believe that this book was the main reason i did not indulge my own childish desires to become a soldier and explore war. after reading "Johnny Got His Gun" i had nightmares. i vowed never to set foot on a battlefield and to avoid all conflict. i abandoned my macho fantasies and began the long arduous path of peace.
i found out that he was responsible for the screenplays of some of my favourite films, including one of my all-time top tips... SPARTACUS with Kirk Douglas. i loved and lived that movie. the recent revival as a television mini-series was also entertaining, but the spirit of defiance and the desire for freedom in the original movie has inspired me throughout my lifetime. it turns out that he had been blacklisted and banned from hollywood during the commie intolerance crisis of the cold war. he was in demand, due to his extraordinary talent as a screenwriter, so he was commissioned to write for some of america's most famous films... anonymously. apparently, it was one of hollywood's best know secrets of the time. he even won an academy award while in exile under a pseudonym, for best screenplay.
o the hypocrisy! o the humiliation! o the horror of humanity! it would seem, however, that history has belatedly restored him to his proper place of honour, albeit retroactively and reluctantly.
i have selected and shared some of the parts of the book i especially like.
They are talking like fools. They are saying that two and two make nothing. They are saying that a man will have to die to in order to protect his life. If you agree to fight you agree to die. Now if you die to protect your life you aren't alive anyhow so how is there any sense in a thing like that? A man doesn't say I will starve myself to death to keep from starving. He doesn't say I will spend all my money in order to save money. He doesn't say I will burn my house to down in order to keep it from burning. Why then should he be willing to die for the privilege of living?
If the thing they were fighting for was important enough to die for then it was also important enough for them to be thinking about it in the last minutes of their lives. That stood to reason. Life is awfully important so if you've given it away you'd ought to think with all your mind in the last moments of your life about the thing you traded it for. So did all those kids die thinking of democracy and freedom and liberty and honor and the safety of the home and the stars and stripes forever?
You're goddamn right they didn't.
They died crying in their minds like little babies. They forgot the thing they were fighting for the things they were dying for. They thought about things a man can understand. They died yearning for the face of a friend. They died whimpering for the voice of a mother a father a wife a child They died with their hearts sick for one more look at the place where they were born please god just one more look. They died moaning and sighing for life. They knew what was important They knew that life was everything and they died with screams and sobs. They died with only one thought in their minds and that was 'I want to live I want to live I want to live'.
Did anybody ever come back from the dead - any single one of the millions who got killed? Did any one of them ever come back and say 'By God, I'm glad I'm dead because death is always better than dishonor'? Did they say 'I'm glad I died to make the world safe for democracy'? Did they say 'I like death better than losing liberty'? Did any of them ever say 'It's good to think I got my guts blown out for the honor of my country'? Did any of them ever say 'Look at me. I'm dead but I died for decency and that's better than being alive'? Did any of them ever say 'Here I am. I've been rotting for two years in a foreign grave but it's wonderful to die for your native land?' Did any of them say 'Hurray! I died for womanhood and I'm happy see how I sing even though my mouth is choked with worms'?
Of course a lot of guys were ashamed. Somebody said let's go out and fight for liberty and so they went out and got killed without ever once thinking of liberty. And what kind of liberty were they fighting for anyway? How much liberty and whose kind of liberty? Were they fighting for the liberty of eating free ice cream cones all their lives or for the liberty of robbing anybody they pleased whenever they wanted to or what? You tell a man he can't rob and you take away some of his liberty. You've got to. What the hell does liberty mean anyhow? It's a word like house or table or any other word. Only it's a special kind of word. A guy says house and he can point to a house to prove it. But a guy says come on let's fight for liberty and he can't show you liberty. He can't prove the thing he's talking about so how in the hell can he be telling you to fight for it? No sir anybody who went out and got into the front line trenches to fight for liberty was a goddamn fool and the guy who got him there was a liar.
Then there was this freedom the little guys were always getting killed for. Was it freedom from another country? Freedom from work or disease or death? Freedom from your mother-in-law? Please mister give us a bill of sale on this freedom before we go out and get killed. Give us a bill of sale drawn up plainly in advance what we're getting killed for... so we can be sure after we've won your war that we've got the same kind of freedom we bargained for.
It will be you - you who urge us on to battle you who incite us against ourselves you who would have one cobbler kill another cobbler you who would have one man who works kill another man who works you who would have one human being who wants only to live kill another human being who wants only to live. Remember this. Remember this well you people who plan for war. Remember this you patriots you fierce ones you spawners of hate you inventors of slogans. Remember this as you have never remembered anything else in your lives.
Put the guns into our hands and we will use them. Give us the slogans and we will turn them into reality. Sing the battle hymns and we will take them up where you left off. Not one not ten not ten thousand not a million not ten millions not a hundred millions but a billion two billions of us all the people of the world we will have the slogans and we will have the hymns and we will have the guns and we will use them and we will live. Make no mistake of it we will live. We will be alive and we will walk and talk and eat and sing and laugh and feel and love and bear our children in tranquility and security in decency in peace. You plan the wars you masters of men plans the wars and point the way and we will point the gun.
In this follow-up book, he goes more deeply into the ways of thinking that enabled him to survive imprisonment in a concentration camp and to find meaning in life in spite of all the odds. Here, he expands upon his groundbreaking ideas and searches for answers about life, death, faith and suffering. Believing that there is much more to our existence than meets the eye, he says: 'No one will be able to make us believe that man is a sublimated animal once we can show that within him there is a repressed angel.'
In Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning, Frankl explores our sometimes unconscious desire for inspiration or revelation. He explains how we can create meaning for ourselves and, ultimately, he reveals how life has more to offer us than we could ever imagine.
Progress implies the assumption that a pattern of change exists in the history of mankind, that this pattern is known, that it consists of irreversible changes in one general direction only, and that this direction is towards improvement. ~ Siegfried Pollak
The wise person checks on the destination before buying a ticket. ~ Warren W. Wiersbe
Capitalism - and the culture it creates - harbors the seeds of its own downfall by creating a need among successful people for personal gratification - a need that corrodes the work ethic that led to their success in the first place. ~ Daniel Bell
It is doubly chimerical to build peace on economic foundations which, in turn, rest on the systematic cultivation of greed and envy, the very forces which drive men into conflict. ~ Ernst Friedrich Schumacher
The narcissism that powers consumerist lust and identity is at odds with the demands of the workplace that generates the income needed to consume. ~ Charles Hugh Smith
You get attracted to the power. Then you become addicted to the power. Then you're devoured by the power. ~ Peter Landesman
Il en avait pour l'ιternitι et c'est long, oui, surtout vers la fin.
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He had for eternity and that is a long time, yes, especially toward the end.
~ Maurice Frot
Deity defies definition. ~ William John Murray
Artistic symbols and myths speak out of the primordial, preconscious realm of the mind which is powerful and chaotic. Both symbol and myth are ways of bringing order and form into this chaos. ~ Rollo May
Divinity disdains to be confin'd, Fain would be known, and reverenc'd by mankind. ~ Christopher Marlowe
Religion is as improper a response to the divine as politics is to the philosophical. Where divinity defies description, religion attempts to put it down on paper, making dogma of it and killing it in the process - not to mention killing people who dont go along with it. ~ Anne Victoria Pyterek
Evil, when we are in its power, is not felt as evil, but as a necessity, even a duty. ~ Simone Weil
To call evil banal is to offer not a definition of it but a theodicy. For it implies that the sources of evil are not mysterious or profound but fully within our grasp. ~ Susan Neiman
Finally I even lost the desire to struggle against this depravity. It ended by my almost believing that probably this was really my normal condition. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky
Deity defies description. ~ Alistair J Murray
Sit pietas aliis, miracula tanta silere; Ast ego caelicolis gratum reor, ire per omnes Hoc opus et sacras populis notescere leges.
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Let others think it pious to conceal such great marvels; but I believe it the will of heaven that this fabric of theirs should be published abroad and that all mankind should learn their sacred laws.
~ Marcus Annaeus Lucanus
If there is anything in the universe that can't stand discussion, let it crack. ~ Wendell Phillips
Ideology is a specious way of relating to the world. It offers human beings the illusion of an identity, of dignity, and of morality while making it easier for them to part with them. ~ Vαclav Havel
The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance. ~ John Philpot Curran
Hostes hi sunt, qui nobis aut quibus nos publice bellum decrevimus: ceteri latrones aut praedones sunt.
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The enemy are those who have officially declared war upon us, or upon whom we have officially declared war; all others are robbers or brigands.
~ Sextus Pomponius
An outlaw can be defined as somebody who lives outside the law, beyond the law and not necessarily against it. ~ Hunter S. Thompson
Outlaws, like poets, rearrange the nightmare. ~ Tom Robbins
The creator must be an outlaw. ~ Philippe Petit
To be truly free, you will be an outlaw. ~ Claire Wolfe
Being outlaw doesn't necessarily make you a villain. ~ Aaron M. Gipson
There's a difference between an outlaw and a criminal. Even more of a difference between illegal and immoral. ~ Tom Aiello
The line between outlaw and criminal shouldn't be crossed lightly. One breaks society's laws but is faithful to his own code of honor. ~ Daniele Bolelli
The difference between an outlaw and a criminal often comes down to who gets caught. ~ Zack Tibbett
Nam pirata non est ex perduellium numero definitus, sed communis hostis omnium; hoc nec fides debet nec ius iurandum esse commune.
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A pirate is not included in the list of lawful enemies, but is the common enemy of all; among pirates and other men there ought be neither mutual faith nor binding oath.
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
One man's terrorist is another man's heroic freedom fighter. ~ Christian Hauer Jr.
One man's trash is another man's treasure. ~ Rose Gouverneur Hoes
Evil has become the word we apply to perpetrators who were both unable and unwilling to do anything to repair, and for whom all of our mechanisms of justice seem unequal: it describes the limits of what malevolence were able to bear. ~ Rollo Romig
A lawful war is one that is waged by declaration, for the recovery of property or to repel enemies. ~ Titus Livius Patavinus
He who has been captured by brigands is not their slave, and has no need of the right of postliminy. ~ Gnaeus Domitius Annius Ulpianus
International law only exists in the textbooks of international law. ~ Montague Francis Ashley-Montagu
The system is in no one's interest. It is a suicide machine. ~ Ronald Wright
Not only is suicide a sin, it is the sin. It is the ultimate and absolute evil, the refusal to take an interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath of loyalty to life. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton
Moral cowardice turns us into hostages. ~ Chris Hedges
What nameless, inscrutable, unearthly thing is it; what cozening, hidden lord and master, and cruel, remorseless emperor commands me; that against all natural lovings and longings, I so keep pushing, and crowding, and jamming myself on all the time; recklessly making me ready to do what in my own proper, natural heart, I durst not so much as dare? ~ Herman Melville
Are we not a part OF Nature, not apart FROM Nature? ~ Thom Prentice
Akrasia is artifact of social atomization. ~ Wolf Tivy
The steel rule of passivism is absolute renunciation of official power. ~ Mencius Moldbug
In order to produce a truly scientific science one must ignore the official fiction of pure disinterestedness. ~ Lisa Lucas
The end of science is not to prove a theory, but to improve mankind. ~ Manly P. Hall
The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set some limit on infinite error. ~ Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht
Half of communications is listening, and you can't listen with your mouth. ~ Larry Chandler
Advertisement is the apotheosis of the marvelous and the unusual; likewise of the scientifically untrue. ~ Wyndham Lewis
Deception has become organized and strong; where truth is poisoned at its source; one in which the skill of the shrewdest brains is devoted to misleading a bewildered people. ~ Walter Lippmann
Fake is now the ultimate reality. The purveyors of fakeness have demonstrated their ability to transform the unreal into the real through manufactured consensus. ~ Daniel Greenfield
The Truth, when you finally chase it down, is almost always far worse than your darkest visions and fears. ~ Hunter S. Thompson
Powerful groups can manufacture a consensus. The very adoption and enforcement of a law can sway public opinion. ~ David F. Greenberg
Politics, so critics have been claiming, has become a matter exclusively of media manipulation, of a manufactured consensus foisted on a malleable citizenry. ~ Russell A. Berman
The fashioning from without brings the elements into collocations which set new internal forces free to exert their effects in turn. And the random irradiations and resettlements of our ideas, which supervene upon experience, and constitute our free mental play, are due entirely to these secondary internal processes. ~ William James
Consent is manufactured; consensus is mobilized; and popular support is attained. The mobilization and deployment of the people are achieved through the mediation of ideological and cultural prisms. ~ Benedetto Fontana
A man doesn't say I will starve myself to death to keep from starving, or that he'd spend all of his money to save money. Why should he be willing to die for the privilege of living? ~ Dalton Trumbo
Education is addressed to the moral faculties; instruction to the intellectual. The first develops in man the knowledge of his duties; the second makes him capable of fulfilling them. ~ Giuseppe Mazzini
The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. ~ Amos Bronson Alcott
The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear, Fine counsel is confusing, but example's always clear. ~ Edgar Guest
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. ~ Derek Bok
Thought is a force, and philosophy should be an energy, finding its aim and its effects in the amelioration of mankind. The two great motors are Truth and Love. ~ Albert Pike
Life is a quest and love a quarrel. ~ Edna St.Vincent Millay
Truth springs from argument amongst friends. ~ David Hume
It is by no means always clear which body of elite opinion is to count as the consensus of relevant experts. ~ Laurence Jonathan Cohen
Total knowledge of the closed system will not lead to total knowledge of the system Creator. ~ Charles Elliott
Wisdom supercedes logic. ~ Larry Chandler
Wisdom is not logic, wisdom can be preposterous. ~ Daniel Perret
Knowledge is not logical. Logic is a tool used to share knowlege. Like the pipe is not the water, or the spoon the soup. ~ Mawuna Remarque Koutonin
Data is static, much like the data in a book. There is a fundamental difference between knowledge and data. Knowledge is dynamic, updated constantly. ~ Peter van der Made
The brain is not computable and no engineering can reproduce it. ~ Miguel Nicolelis
Transhumanism is a religion. A religion every bit as totalizing and apocalyptic as the ones it seeks to replace. It preaches apotheosis and deliverance from death and it makes universal claims of salvation. ~ Christopher Loring Knowles
'Belief' moved from possible to probable to provable, and thus to 'truth'. ~ Barbara Walker
Dimidium facti qui coepit habet: sapere aude.
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Who has begun has the job half done: dare to be wise.
~ Quintus Horatius Flaccus
The overwhelming level difference persists in both cases, the tensional and conflictual potential wherefrom sublime and sense of wonder result, remains fully operating all along the immense scale of complexional magnitudes in the universe from Apotheosis to Apocalypse. ~ Cornel Robu
A celebration of democracy or a deprecable apotheosis of an hemorrhaging plutocracy, cascading into a mobocracy with all the ossifying proclivities of a kakistocracy? ~ Patrick Obahiagbon
I don't exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it. ~ Jerome David Salinger
It is synergy. Man Created God, even if God Created Man; it all exists in the hubris and apotheosis of the narcissistic soul. ~ Daniel S. Fletcher
Peace requires the consent and participation of all parties; without mutual commitment, a state of peace cannot exist. ~ Kelly O'Connor
Dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth. ~ William Watson Purkey
In the dark times Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times. ~ Bertolt Brecht
There comes a happy pause, for human strength Will not endure to dance without cessation; And every one must reach the point at length Of absolute prostration. ~ Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)
Honour and shame from no condition rise; Act well your part, there all honour lies. ~ Alexander Pope
Carry only the grief of an unfinished song to the soil. ~ Nβzim Hikmet
I am as free as nature first made man, Ere the base laws of servitude began, When wild in woods the noble savage ran. ~ John Dryden
Le divizie, sμ come si crede, Non posson gentilezza dar nι tςrre.
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Riches, despite what is believed, Can neither grant nor deny gentility.
~ Durante Alighieri
Final glory oscillates between triumph and tragedy, apotheosis and apocalypse. ~ Paul Staiti
The Conqueror obtains the Universe, not by being absorbed and obliterated by it, but by transcending the limitations of his individual consciousness and partaking of the universal Divine Consciousness. As an individual he loses nothing but his imperfections, but he gains the All, the Origin and the Perfection. ~ James Morgan Pryse
However refreshing it is to see at times with a perfectly innocent eye, innocence itself is not wisdom, though a source and corrective of wisdom. ~ Walter Lippmann
The work of the eyes is done. Go now and do the heart-work on the images imprisoned within you. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Your existence has shifted to a higher plane, and has been reduced to nothing more than a mere concept. ~ Gen Urobuchi
All matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration. ~ William Melvin Hicks
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~ Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
The soul that is within me no man can degrade. I am not the one that is being degraded on account of this treatment, but those who are inflicting it upon me. ~ Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey
Blot out from your mind any idea of superiority; you have none. ~ Giuseppe Mazzini
Plus ηa change, plus c'est la mκme chose.
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The more it changes, the more it's the same thing.
~ Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor. ~ Robert Frost
In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold; Alike fantastic, if too new, or old: Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside. ~ Alexander Pope
No hay un camino recto en este mundo Sσlo un laberinto gigante De intersecciσn encrucijada
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There is no straight road in this world Only a giant labyrinth Of intersecting crossroads
~ Federico Garcνa Lorca
We usually associate it with being complicated, but, in fact, the irony of complexity is that complexity simplifies. ~ Joseph Tainter
Beware of the pursuit of the Superhuman: it leads to an indiscriminate contempt for the Human. ~ George Bernard Shaw
The man who kills a man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men; as far as he is concerned he wipes out the world. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton
To yield to the mere process of disintegration has become an irresistible temptation, not only because it has assumed the spurious grandeur of historical necessity, but also because everything outside it has begun to appear lifeless, bloodless, meaningless, and unreal. ~ Hannah Arendt
Justice cannot be approximated if the hope for its perfect realization does not generate a sublime madness in the soul. Nothing but such madness will do battle with malignant power and spiritual wickedness in high places. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr
Never think that wars are irrational catastrophes: they happen when wrong ways of thinking and living bring about intolerable situations. ~ Dorothy Leigh Sayers
The seemingly strange or irrational makes sense when placed in its proper context. ~ Timothy Ingold
All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story. ~ Karen von Blixen-Finecke
The sense of karma or immanent justice is an example of magical thinking. If you do something good, good things will happen through cosmic justice. ~ Matthew Hutson
The superman is the one who has organized the chaos of his passions, given style to his character, and become creative. Aware of life's terrors, he nevertheless affirms life without resentment. ~ Ravi Zacharias
Whatever imaginary barriers youve invented, whatever magical thinking youre practicing, whatever excuses youre making, whatever intrusive thoughts your brain throws at you about needing to wait, needing to deal with something else first, needing to get ready, needing to get motivated - agree with all of it. And then get started anyway. ~ Mark Freeman
Memory conforms to what we think we remember. ~ Joan Didion
Man has become superman. He is a superman because he not only has at his disposal innate physical forces, but also commands, thanks to scientific and technological advances, the latent forces of nature which he can now put to his own use. ~ Albert Schweitzer
All my means are sane, my motive and my object mad. Yet without power to kill, or change, or shun the fact. ~ Herman Melville
The heart which first dictates the conclusion, then commands the head to provide the reasoning that will defend it. ~ Anthony De Mello
We as a society are processing too much information, constructing too little knowledge, and generating precious little wisdom. ~ Thom Prentice
Like all creatures, humans have made their way in the world so far by trial and error; unlike other creatures, we have a presence so colossal that error is a luxury we can no longer afford. ~ Ronald Wright
It will come, Humanity must perforce prey on itself, Like monsters of the deep. ~ William Shakespeare
Our civilization is decaying, being hollowed out from the inside even as it lurches forward. ~ Wolf Tivy
The sad reality is that most of us will not go forward until the pain of staying where we are is unbearable. ~ Peter Scazzero
We are consumed by a mania for hope, which our corporate masters lavishly provide, at the expense of truth. ~ Chris Hedges
The unphilosophic and inartisic mass remain animalic, while the man who overcomes himself, sublimating his impulses, consecrating his passions, and giving style to his character, becomes truly human or superhuman. ~ Walter Kaufmann
No one will be able to make us believe that man is a sublimated animal once we can show that within him there is a repressed angel. ~ Viktor Emil Frankl
Der Mensch ist ein Seil, geknόpft zwischen Thier und άbermensch - ein Seil όber einem Abgrunde.
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Mankind is a rope tied between beast and superman - a rope over an abyss.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
To survive, submit and adapt. To be destroyed, try to fight back. ~ Mencius Moldbug
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. ~ Charles Darwin
In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence. ~ Laurence J. Peter
If you are very, very stupid how can you possibly realize that youre very, very stupid? You'd have to be relatively intelligent to realize how stupid you are. ~ John Marwood Cleese
You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. ~ Alan Alexander Milne
When youre incompetent, the skills you need to produce a right answer are exactly the skills you need to recognize what a right answer is. ~ David Dunning
If violence or a war should be the answer, then it must have been a stupid question. ~ Thomas Kruemmer
What if our inability to perceive our own incompetence exactly matches the degree of the incompetence itself? ~ Colin Marshall
The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. ~ Daniel J. Boorstin
i came across this old title in a tiny used book store in the middle of nowhere. it turned out to be an amazing read. not a very long book, but full of things to think about, so i pull it out quite often just to browse. if you are interested, it can be found on line. i put the links at the bottom. here are some of the interesting ideas he puts forward.
The Duties of Man
Great revolutions are the work rather of principles than of bayonets, and are achieved first in the moral and afterwards in the material sphere.
Genius rapidly traverses the living present to bury itself in the deepest mysteries of the universe; often making the grandest discoveries at a single glance.
Without instruction, education would be too often ineffective; without education instruction would be a lever lacking a fulcrum.
Religion, science, philosophy, though still at variance upon many points, all agree in this, that every existence is an aim.
Egotism is the root of all evil, as sacrifice is the root of all virtue.
They will never be really willing to aid you until you have shown that you are strong enough to conquer without them.
Instruction, like riches, can be a source of either good or evil according to the intention with which it is used.
You can read; what does that amount to if you cannot tell which books contain error, which the truth?
Education is addressed to the moral faculties; instruction to the intellectual. The first develops in man the knowledge of his duties; the second makes him capable of fulfilling them.
Blot out from your mind any idea of superiority; you have none. ~ Giuseppe Mazzini
an amazing read. well worth the effort. if you can wade through the parts that seem to make no sense, there is plenty of good stuff to chew on.
The unknown is an ocean, of which conscience is the compass. Thought, meditation, prayer, are the great mysterious pointings of the needle. It is a spiritual magnetism that thus connects the human soul with the Deity.
The man of thought and contemplation falls into unfathomable ecstasies in view of all the decompositions of forces resulting in unity. All works for all. Destruction is not annihilation, but regeneration.
A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire: not too near, lest he burn; nor too far off, lest he freeze.
Force, unregulated or ill-regulated, is not only wasted in the void, like that of gunpowder burned in the open air, and steam unconfined by science; but, striking in the dark, and its blows meeting only the air, they recoil, and bruise itself. It is destruction and ruin.
That which causes us trials shall yield us triumph.
The chief wants of life, the great and grave necessities of the human soul, give exemption to none.
All hypotheses scientifically probable are the last gleams of the twilight of knowledge, or its last shadows. Faith begins where Reason sinks exhausted. Beyond the human Reason is the Divine Reason, to our feebleness the great Absurdity, the Infinite Absurd, which confounds us and which we believe. For the Master, the Compass of Faith is above the Square of Reason.
Men and nations will always sell themselves into slavery, to gratify their passions and obtain revenge. The tyrant's plea, necessity, is always available; and the tyrant once in power, the necessity of providing for his safety makes him savage.
Thought is a force, and philosophy should be an energy, finding its aim and its effects in the amelioration of mankind. The two great motors are Truth and Love.
"The following is a Warrior's Ten Commandments for which the writer did not go up a mountain to get them from the Lord as the white man says his ancestor, Moses did, but they were conceived in the mountains of Ganienkeh Territory in the howling wilderness at fifty below zero temperature. The writer lays no claim to be a prophet and divinely inspired nor claims that these Ganienkeh commandments shall lead to any paradise in the after-life."
1. BE BRAVE AND FEARLESS as there can be no peace on earth for those who are in fear.
2. BE STRONG In this hard cruel world, only the strong may know peace and happiness. To be weak is to invite aggression, oppression, tyranny, misery and woe.
3. FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS for only those who fight for it can achieve human rights and respect. There is a right and wrong way to fight. Always propose to fight in a clever way for he who fights in a clever way is equal to a thousand men.
4. MAINTAIN A STRONG NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE AND SOVEREIGNTY UNDER THE GREAT LAW OF PEACE - GAYANEREKOWA and let your slogan be PEACE, RIGHTEOUSNESS AND POWER for not one of these is possible without the other two. Let no power abolish your nation.
5. MAINTAIN YOUR OWN NATIONAL INITIATIVE and let no other nation control your destiny. Respect Nature's first law of SELF-PRESERVATION AND STOP ANY TRAITOR SEEKING TO DESTROY YOU AND YOUR PEOPLE for any nation which ignores this law stands condemned to extinction.
6. DEVELOP THE SPIRIT OF COOPERATION that your nation can rely completely on its own efforts. To become a competitive state is to create tensions, strife, panic, frenzy, fear, hate, bigotry, weakness and divisions.
7. THINK RIGHT SO THAT YOU SHALL DO RIGHT AND BE RIGHT for only the purely justice-minded can achieve peace and happiness for all.
8. RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS that your own rights may be respected. These rights include the right to live and be free, the right to a nationality, territory, government, possessions, freedom of speech, to think and believe as one sees fit, human rights and to the pursuit of peace and happiness.
9. ACQUIRE WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD FOR ONLY UNDERSTANDING AMONG ALL PEOPLE WILL ELIMINATE WARS. Let there be a special course of study on the subject of devising a proper moral government and that people be trained to operate this very important device to ensure the peace and happiness of mankind. That a study be included to produce a most worthy economic system to eliminate poverty, misery and wretchedness. Let only those who pass a most rigid test on the subjects of government and economic knowledge be allowed to run governments and nations.
10. ACQUIRE ADVANCED HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS. Human birth is an act of Nature and all humanity is equally subject to Nature's law of death. No one has the right of lordship over others. The more able only have the right to help those less able; the appointed leaders of governments only have the right to be the voice and will of the people that all may share the bounties of Nature and know peace and happiness.
from The Warrior's Handbook by Louis Karoniaktajeh Hall
an essential part of any warrior's library... CATCH 22 brilliant comedy philosophy. as bleak a satire as you will find. a very harsh criticism wrapped in a farce comedy interwoven with horror and tragedy that seem almost surreal in contrast. the poorly lit stage is crowded with estranged actors who don't even know their lines as they grope for sanity and safety against a vast backdrop of mechanized meaningless danger and death. war is a job. madness is a work ethic.
here is one of my favourite scenes.
Yossarian...decided right then and there to go crazy. "You're wasting your time," Doc Daneeka was forced to tell him. "Can you ground someone who's crazy?" "Oh, sure. I have to. There's a rule saying I have to ground anyone who's crazy." "Then why don't you ground me? I'm crazy. Ask Clevinger." "Clevinger? Where is Clevinger? You find Clevinger and I'll ask him." "Then ask any of the others. They'll tell you how crazy I am." "They're crazy." "Then why don't you ground them?" "Why don't they ask me to ground them?" "Because they're crazy, that's why." "Of course they're crazy," Doc Daneeka replied. "I just told you they're crazy, didn't I? And you can't let crazy people decide whether you're crazy or not, can you?" Yossarian looked at him soberly and tried another approach. "Is Orr crazy?" "He sure is," Doc Daneeka said. "Can you ground him?" "I sure can. But first he has to ask me to. That's part of the rule." "Then why doesn't he ask you to?" "Because he's crazy," Doc Daneeka said. "He has to be crazy to keep flying combat missions after all the close calls he's had. Sure, I can ground Orr. But first he has to ask me to." "That's all he has to do to be grounded?" "That's all. Let him ask me." "And then you can ground him?" Yossarian asked. "No. Then I can't ground him." "You mean there's a catch?" "Sure there's a catch," Doc Daneeka replied. "Catch-22. Anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isn't really crazy." There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane then he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle. "That's some catch, that Catch-22," he observed. "It's the best there is," Doc Daneeka agreed. Yossarian saw it clearly in all its spinning reasonableness. There was an elliptical precision about its perfect pairs of parts that was graceful and shocking, like good modern art, and at times Yossarian wasn't quite sure that he saw it all, just the way he was never quite sure about good modern art or the flies Orr saw in Appleby's eyes. He had Orr's word to take for the flies in Appleby's eyes. "Oh, they're there all right," Orr had assured him about the flies in Appleby's eyes after Yossarian's fist fight in the officers' club, "although he probably doesn't even know it. That's why he can't see things as they really are." "How come he doesn't know it?" inquired Yossarian. "Because he's got flies in his eyes," Orr explained with exaggerated patience. "How can he see he's got flies in his eyes if he's got flies in his eyes?"
the script randomly unfolds inexorable war on the characters, mercilessly and impersonally destroying their empty lives. even as the soldiers service and sacrifice their blood to the very beast that controls and consumes them. diligently and begrudgingly, and in some cases fervently, they play out their parts, feeding their own flesh into the fiery furnace. no one seems connected to the truth of their situation, and they remain detached, living in their own private fictions, carely communicating with each other. an odd mixture of duty and despair destroys and devours their daily routine. character don't really die, they just conveniently disappear, to be replaced by rumours. overall, i enjoyed reading this book and i recommend it for both content and form.
Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing. ~ Barry Finlay
A dwarf can stand on a mountain, he's no taller. ~ Marcus Annaeus Seneca
You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. ~ Renι Daumal
Climbing is not a spectator sport. ~ Mark Wellman
Everyone praises the views you get from mountain tops, but no one talks about the views that they block. ~ Nils Kjaer
Mountains are not fair or unfair, they are just dangerous. ~ Reinhold Messner
It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out - it's the grain of sand in your shoe. ~ Robert Service
If youre not living on the edge, youre taking up too much space. ~ James W. Whittaker
One who is poised on the edge of a cliff is wise to define progress as a step backward. ~ Cory Booker
Sooner or later, theres always a mental hurdle we cant clear, a decision too dangerous to attack head on. In those situations, sideways is forward. ~ Steven Kotler
There are occasions when it is undoubtedly better to incur loss than to make gain. ~ Titus Maccius Plautus
Like a drop of water flows from the summit, that's the line I shall take. ~ Leonardo Emilio Comici
Pain is only weakness leaving the body. ~ Tom Muccia
I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens. ~ Heywood Allen
It's easy to die. Just give your breath back to the trees and the wind. ~ Peter Levitt
Love takes no prisoners, it knows no mercy; it will suffocate you with its truth. ~ Sharon L. Naeole
Playing on the frontiers of life and death, we had found the freedom for which we were blindly groping and which was as necessary to us as bread. ~ Maurice Herzog
Instinct is something which transcends knowledge. We have, undoubtedly, certain finer fibers that enable us to perceive truths when logical deduction, or any other willful effort of the brain, is futile. ~ Nikola Tesla
The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there. ~ Robert Pirsig
Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory. ~ Ed Viesturs
In the mountains there are only two grades: You can either do it, or you can't. ~ Rusty Baille
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. ~ Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis
The very idea of resurrection is so seductive a concept it's easy to forget, before you can rise from the dead you have to spend a few days in hell. ~ Emily Thorne
Wisdom is oft-times nearer when we stoop, than when we soar. ~ William Wordsworth
Climbing is as close as we can come to flying. ~ Margaret Young
A man does not climb a mountain without bringing some of it away with him and leaving something of himself upon it. ~ Martin Conway
When the finite tries to bear the infinite through itself, it will always end up with something less than truly transcendent. ~ Brian Gregor
Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. ~ Denis Waitley
You can't win by trying to even the score. ~ Mary Driskill
Ich bin gewohnt in der Mόnze wiederzuzahlen in der man mich bezahlt.
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I am accustomed to pay men back in their own coin.
~ Otto Eduard Leopold
The law is inadequate. In order to shame its inadequacy, it is necessary to act outside the law. To pursue natural justice. This is not vengeance. Revenge is not a valid motive, it's an emotional response. No, not vengeance. Punishment. ~ Frank Castle
He who takes the law into his own hands will render a service to justice only if he is willing to transform the situation in such a way that the law can again operate and his act can, at least posthumously, be validated. ~ Hannah Arendt
Revenge is the bastard child of justice. ~ Gerry Spence
Revenge, at first though sweet, Bitter ere long back on itself recoils. ~ John Milton
Revenge is a dead thing, reaching out from the past to grasp you. ~ Lois McMaster Bujold
Revenge therefore which regards not the future, proceeds from vain glory, and therefore without reason. But to hurt another without reason introduces a war, and is contrary to the fundamental law of nature. It is therefore a precept of the law of nature, that in revenge we look not backwards, but forward. ~ Thomas Hobbes
A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid. ~ Joseph Newton
Homo a Deo avertitur, ad se. Amor Dei concedit amorem sui.
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Man turns away from God to himself. Love of God gives way to Self Love.
~ Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis
When we are alone for a long time, we people space with phantoms. ~ Henri Renι Albert Guy de Maupassant
Man was the center of the universe; and this was never more demonstrable that when he stood looking upward and found himself, a lone individual, serving as the central pole holding up the tarpaulin of sun and clouds, moon and stars, knowing that, lone or abandoned as he might feel, without his support the heavens would fall. ~ Irving Tannenbaum
Man, exalted by ignorance and faith, discovers his own image, but enlarged and reversed. ~ Mikhail Bakunin
The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself. ~ Richard Burton
When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself. ~ Peter Barnes
Si Dieu n'existait pas, il faudrait l'inventer.
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If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
~ Franηois-Marie Arouet
It may be that there is no God, that the existence of all that is beautiful and in any sense good is but the accidental and ineffective byproduct of blindly swirling atoms, that we are alone in a world that cares nothing for us or for the values that we create and sustain, that we and they are here for a moment only, and gone, and that eventually there will be left no trace of us in the universe. A man may well believe that this dreadful thing is true. But only the fool will say in his heart that he is glad that it is true. ~ Sterling M. McMurrin
Religion is doing; a man does not merely think his religion or feel it, he lives his religion as much as he is able, otherwise it is not religion but fantasy or philosophy. ~ George Gurdjieff
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. ~ Galileo Galilei
Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the idea is quite staggering. ~ Arthur C. Clarke
Je pense, donc je suis.
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I think, therefore I am.
~ Renι Descartes
I think, therefore I am being thought. ~ Christopher Bray
I am aware that I think, therefore I am. ~ Eckhart Tolle
What other people think of me is none of my business. ~ Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
I am not what I think I am. I am not what you think I am. I am what I think you think I am. ~ Robert H. Schuller
It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you. ~ Og Mandino
The ancient human question 'Who am I?' leads inevitably to the equally important question, 'Whose am I?' ~ Douglas V. Steere
Pero yo ya no soy yo.
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But I am not me anymore.
~ Federico Garcνa Lorca
If we arent clear about our purpose, we will be swayed by the first convincing argument or manipulation we hear. ~ Kathy Gottberg
The trouble with most of us is that we'd rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. ~ Norman Vincent Peale
Anything is possible, it's what is probable and provable that counts. ~ Dave Tart
In the absence of logic the cosmos would fall. ~ Elizabeth Smith
All types of knowledge ultimately mean self-knowledge. ~ Lee Jun Fan (Bruce Lee)
The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely. ~ Carl Jung
Physical courage and moral courage are distinct. ~ Chris Hedges
Apotheosis to apocalypse. I will become a god, destroy the world, and make it anew. ~ Dave Fayram
I love religion. I could make up religions all day. ~ Neil Gaiman
I love all religions, but I am in love with my own. ~ Agnes Bojaxhiu (Mother Teresa)
And in the end The love you take Is equal to the love You make. ~ Paul McCartney
I like to feel repentant when I haven't done the things I should. It makes me feel more virtuous than if I'd kept on doing good! ~ Colette Howell
Ce qui nous empκche souvent de nous abandonner ΰ un seul vice est que nous en avons plusieurs.
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What often prevents us from abandoning a single vice is that we have several.
~ Franηois de La Rochefoucauld
Giving it another try is better than an alibi. ~ Emanuel Cleaver II
They say our hardships help us grow And make us strong and wise, But if there's one thing I dislike It's blessings in disguise. ~ Jean Ritz
The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return. ~ Eden Ahbez
I prefer to rely on my memory. I have lived with that memory a long time, I am used to it, and if I have rearranged or distorted anything, surely that was done for my own benefit. ~ Leon Festinger
It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards. ~ Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)
Vivir consiste en construir futuros recuerdos.
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Living consists in the building of future memories.
~ Ernesto Sabato
You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. ~ Ayn Rand
The people who are really failures are the people who set their standards so low, keep the bar at such a safe level, that they never run the risk of failure. ~ Robert Harold Schuller
Survival... that's the slowest form of suicide. ~ Randall Jahnson
Homo Incurvatus in se.
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Humanity is curved in on itself.
~ Martin Luder
A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell. ~ Clive Staples Lewis
He is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived. ~ Lhamo Dondrub (Tenzin Gyatso)
Revival is becoming who we already are. ~ Barry Chant
My heart seemed to be liquid within me. All my feelings seemed to rise and flow out; and the utterance of my heart was, 'I want to pour my whole soul out to God'. ~ Charles Grandison Finney
This is my quest. To follow that star. No matter how hopeless. No matter how far. ~ Joe Darion
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars! ~ Leslie Calvin Brown
People who take risks are the people you'll lose against. ~ John Scully
I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure. ~ John Mason
If I am to have an enemy, Let his strength be equal to mine, That truth alone may be the victor. ~ Kahlil Gibran
He who has never forgiven an enemy has never yet tasted one of the most sublime enjoyments of life. ~ Johann Lavater
Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting. ~ William Arthur Ward
It is better to forgive and forget than to hate and remember. ~ Eulys Chesley McKenzie
Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. ~ Paul Bφse
To believe only possibilities, is not faith, but mere Philosophy. ~ Sir Thomas Browne
Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them. ~ Dion Boucicault
Drifting is a mark of death: giving heed, of life. The log drifts with the tide: the ship breasts the adverse waves. ~ Marvin R. Vincent
It is those who get lost, who find the new ways. ~ Nils Kjaer
I maintain that the cosmic religious feeling is the strongest and noblest motive for scientific research. ~ Albert Einstein
True science questions all things, takes nothing upon credit. It knows but three states of the mind; Denial, Conviction, and that vast interval between the two, which is not belief, but suspense of judgement. ~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. ~ Evan Hardin
Experience is the worst teacher; it gives the test before presenting the lesson. ~ Vernon Law
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. ~ William Bruce Cameron
Those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter. ~ Bernard Baruch
Use well opportunity, drift not with the tide; Killing time is not murder, it's suicide! ~ Ernest L. Vermont
You're stealing time from people who love you and giving to those who don't. ~ Phil Callaway
BEing time is never wasted time. When we are BEing, not only are we collaborating with chronological time, but we are touching on kairos. ~ Madeleine L'Engle
No llores porque ya se terminσ, sonrνe, porque sucediσ.
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Do not cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
Wer sich nicht bewegt, spόrt seine Fesseln nicht.
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Who does not move, does not feel his fetters.
~ Rosa Luxemburg
They'd sooner plate your chains with gold, encrust your shackles with diamonds and drape your cage with velvet curtains before they'd be able to tell you you're free. ~ George Macaulay Trevelyan
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! ~ Patrick Henry
Deciding to focus on our own freedom isn't selfish; it is the greatest gift we can give to humanity. ~ Don Miguel Ruiz
Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another. ~ Toni Morrison
Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the understanding of a problem. ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
It's like looking at a bed of flowers, you don't tear your hair out over what it means. ~ Jackson Pollock
I wonder why I wonder why I wonder why I wonder! ~ Richard Feynman
As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns; the ones we don't know we don't know. ~ Donald Rumsfeld
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception. ~ Aldous Huxley
A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two is never quite sure. ~ John Mason
Time is Too Slow for those who Wait, Too Swift for those who Fear, Too Long for those who Grieve, Too Short for those who Rejoice; But for those who Love, Time is Not. ~ Henry Jackson van Dyke
Time did not determine the heavens - rather, the movement of the heavens determined time. ~ Alan Alford
Why wish upon a star when you can pray to The One that created all of them? ~ Miguel Carrasco
It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he can attain by his own power. ~ Epicurus of Sαmos
Existence is elsewhere. ~ Andrι Breton
Eternity bores me, I never wanted it. ~ Sylvia Plath
My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there. ~ Maulana Jalal al-Din Rumi
Eternity is in love with the productions of time. ~ William Blake
The sword outwears its sheath, and the soul wears out the breast. And the heart must pause to breathe, and love itself have rest. ~ George Gordon Byron
It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence. ~ Mohandas Gandhi
Nonviolence is therefore much more than the absence of destruction. It is the absence of the desire to destroy. ~ Mark Juergensmeyer
Deeds not Words: I say so too! And yet I find it somehow true, A word may help a man in need, To nobler act and braver deed. ~ Henry Van Dyke
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it. ~ Victor Hugo
Between fate and faith, between hell and hope; The deed is its own reward. ~ Philip Romano
The greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. ~ William Arthur Ward
Nullam rem e nihilo gigni divinitus umquam.
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Nothing from nothing ever yet was born.
~ Titus Lucretius Carus
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~ Nelson Mandela
The more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt. ~ Thomas Merton
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. ~ Paulo Coelho
Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. ~ Dylan Thomas
Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness. ~ James Thurber
Delimitation is always difficult. The world is one, life is one. The sweetest and most heavenly of activities partake in some measure of violence. ~ Anthony Burgess
We can draw the very simplest form of a boundary line as a circle, and see that it discloses an inside versus an outside. But notice that the opposites on inside versus outside didn't exist in themselves until we drew the boundary on the circle... in short, to draw boundaries is to manufacture opposites. ~ Ken Wilber
From discrimination between this and that a host of demons spring forth. ~ Huαngbς Xνyωn
Something began me and it had no beginning: something will end me and it has no end. ~ Carl Sandburg
The spiral is a spiritualized circle. In the spiral form, the circle, uncoiled, unwound, has ceased to be vicious; it has been set free. ~ Vladimir Nabokov
The nature of God is a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere. ~ Empedocles
We dance around in a ring and suppose, But the Secret sits in the middle and knows. ~ Robert Frost
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. ~ William Butler Yeats
There are horrors beyond life's edge that we do not suspect, and once in a while man's evil prying calls them just within our range. ~ Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Dort, wo man Bόcher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.
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Wherever they burn books, they will also, in the end, burn people.
~ Heinrich Heine
How fragile civilization is; how merrily a book burns! ~ Salman Rushdie
Le plus grand danger de la bombe d'un terroriste est dans l'explosion de bκtise qu'elle provoque.
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The greatest danger of the terrorist's bomb is in the explosion of stupidity that it provokes.
~ Octave Mirbeau
A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular. ~ Adlai Stevenson
Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless. ~ Burrhus Frederic Skinner
Freedom is not lost in one fell swoop. It's lost a book at a time, a magazine at a time, a movie at a time. ~ Larry Flynt
Art is amoral; so is life. For me there are no obscene pictures or books; there are only poorly conceived and poorly executed ones. ~ Irving Tannenbaum
The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love. ~ William Sloane Coffin
Words are the only bullets in truth's bandolier. And poets are the snipers. ~ Dan Simmons
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion. ~ William Blake
The chief wants of life, the great and grave necessities of the human soul, give exemption to none. ~ Albert Pike
The Law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich, as well as the poor, to sleep under the bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. ~ Anatole France
The law is simply and solely made for the exploitation of those who do not understand it or of those who, for naked need, cannot obey it. ~ Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht
What is termed 'disrespect for law' in fact may only be the manifestation of a burning desire for justice. ~ James Chalmers McRuer
Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich. ~ Peter Alexander von Ustinow
There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice. ~ Charles de Secondat (Baron de Montesquieu)
The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience. ~ Albert Camus
The conscious conscience - the very home of the literal, the haunt of so many pedantries. ~ Henry James Sr.
While monsters may triumph in real time, in the long reach of history they are usually defeated. They may kill the poet; but they can never kill the poem. ~ Richard Holloway
The tyrant dies and his rule ends, the martyr dies and his rule begins. ~ Soren Aabye Kierkegaard
The time for revolution is rotten ripe, but the mind of the vast majority is not ready and the struggle takes on the form of an intellectual one for the possession of the mind. ~ Albert Goodwin
The poet or the revolutionary is there to articulate the necessity. ~ James Baldwin
A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a gardener scent his roses. ~ Jean Cocteau
Don't insist on having the last word, it could end up being your last words. ~ Robert Heinlein
Words are in this respect like water, that they often take their taste, flavour, and character, from the mouth out of which they proceed, as the water from the channel through which it flows. ~ Charles Caleb Colton
The speaker\writer loses control over them once the words are finalized and let out. They become the property of the listener\reader. It is for them to decide the content and the meaning. ~ Susheel Kumar Sharma
Irony happens as part of a communicative process; it is not a static rhetorical tool to be deployed, but itself comes into being in the relations between meanings, but also between people and utterances and, sometimes, between intentions and interpretations. ~ Linda Hutcheon
Intention and interpretation are the vital leaps in communication we make to bridge the gap left by the symbolism of our words. ~ Matthew Koren
Memories are bullets. Some whiz by and only spook you. Others tear you open and leave you in pieces. ~ Richard Kadrey
I may cry in silence over a dream that was taken away, but I laugh out loud with utter joy at my reality that is here to stay. ~ Elaine Lee
There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them. ~ Werner Heisenberg
The joke represents the power to overcome the obstacles of reason or of civilization in order to take pleasure in nonsense. In diametrical opposition, deciphering is the power to overcome the obstacle of nonsense and uncover the sense it hides. The riddle's pleasure is not a passive pleasure in recognition but rather an active pleasure in the exercise of that power. ~ Brian Tucker
The pertinent but unexpected association of the apparently unrelated, the joy of novelty, the pleasure of recognition of the obvious in new form, the suprise at the perception of qualities previously unseen, the shift in the accustomed framework of values - all the classic elements of the humour tradition. ~ Russel B. Nye
The passions may rage furiously, like true heathens, as they are; and the desires may imagine all sorts of vain things: but judgement shall still have the last word in every argument, and the casting vote in every decision. ~ Charlotte Bronte
When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision. ~ Lucius Cary (Viscount Falkland)
An argument which is only convincing if precise loses all its force if the assumptions upon which it is based are slightly changed, while an argument which is convincing though imprecise may well be stable under small perturbations of its underlying axioms. ~ Marek Kac
Better to have an approximate answer to the right question than a precise answer to the wrong question. ~ John Tukey
I recognized my two selves: a crusading idealist and a cold, granitic believer in the law of the jungle. ~ Edgar Monsanto Queeny
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. ~ George Orwell
A paradox is a sign of intellectual indigestion; had it been more completely chewed, it would have disappeared. ~ Millard J. Erickson
One of the endlessly alluring aspects of mathematics is that its thorniest paradoxes have a way of blooming into beautiful theories. ~ Philip J. Davis
I dream of a hard and brutal mysticism in which the naked self merges with the nonhuman world and yet somehow survives still intact, individual, separate. ~ Edward Abbey
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom. ~ Robert Frost
The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as in poetry. ~ Bertrand Russell
The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike. ~ Delos B. McKown
If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is. ~ John von Neumann
If the human brain was so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't. ~ Emerson Pugh
Theres two sides to every story - then theres the truth. ~ Joe Watson
Just make sure its your ideas that offend and not you, that your beliefs cause the dispute and not your behavior. ~ Gregory Koukl
What history will remember is not the ideals we were fighting for but the methods we used to accomplish them. ~ Hans Bethe
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. ~ Jorge Agustνn Nicolαs Ruiz de Santayana
History may not repeat itself but it does rhyme. ~ Joseph Anthony Wittreich
To have faults and not to reform them, this indeed should be pronounced having faults. ~ Charles Dickens
Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results. ~ Roger Teague
Each time history repeats itself, the price goes up. ~ Ronald Wright
Errors are not in the art but in the artificers. ~ Isaac Newton
Success comes through rapidly fixing our mistakes rather than getting things right first time. ~ Tim Harford
Your best teacher is your last mistake. ~ Ralph Nader
The wise does at once what the fool does at last. ~ Baltasar Graciαn y Morales
Artificial intelligence stands no chance against natural stupidity. ~ John Henders
A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. ~ Douglas Adams
Give me a smart idiot over a stupid genius any day. ~ Samuel Goldwyn
The biggest cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid people are so sure about things and the intelligent folks are so full of doubts. ~ Bertrand Russell
Stupidity had saved many a man from madness. ~ James Axler
We cannot doubt of our existence while we doubt. ~ Renι Descartes
If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they'd immediately go out. ~ William Blake
Everything was quickly dismissed as unsuitable for reasons even less well formed than the ideas being rejected. ~ Ra McGuire
It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value. ~ Stephen Hawking
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change. ~ Charles Darwin
Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix. ~ Christina Baldwin
The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. ~ Alvin Toffler
I'm quite illiterate, but I read a lot. ~ Jerome David Salinger
I'm not well-read, but when I read, I read well. ~ Kurt Donald Cobain
You can read; what does that amount to if you cannot tell which books contain error, which the truth? ~ Giuseppe Mazzini
In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. ~ Eric Hoffer
Instead of having the rug pulled from under your feet, learn to dance on a shifting carpet. ~ Thomas Crum
Survival first, then happiness as we can manage it. ~ Orson Scott Card
While the world perishes we go our way: purposeless, passionless, day after day. ~ Mildred Lisette Norman
This is not the end of the world, this is the swing of the pendulum. ~ Gwynne Dyer
The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong. ~ Carl Jung
A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men. ~ Roald Dahl
Logic will never replace love. ~ Leonard Nimoy
If so disposed, the Architect of the Universe, we must assume, might have made the world and man perfect, free from evil and from pain, as angels in heaven are thought to be; but although this was not done, man has been given the power of advancement rather than of retrogression. ~ Andrew Carnegie
Nature did not make human brains first, and then construct things according to their capacity to understand. ~ Galileo Galilei
Apud me omnia fiunt Mathematicθ in Natura.
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In my opinion, all things in nature occur mathematically.
~ Renι Descartes
You lean on numbers like alcoholics lean on lamp posts, not to be enlightened, but for support. ~ Romano Prodi
It may be beyond the limits of human intelligence to understand how human intelligence works. ~ Noam Chomsky
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. ~ Howard Phillips Lovecraft
The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before. ~ Tosten Bunde Veblen
The resilience of the brain is never so apparent as in its ability to produce, from unanswered questions, answers to larger ones. ~ Lawrence Shainberg
There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. ~ Leonard Cohen
How can you break a fractal heart? ~ Joseph Stirt
Even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude. ~ Alan Alexander Milne
The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe. ~ Joanna Macy
You cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad. ~ Clive Staples Lewis
Our cosmic egg is the only reality we have, and is not to be treated lightly. There is available to us a crack in this egg. For there are times when the shell no longer protects but suffocates and destroys. The crack must be approached with care, however, lest the egg itself be destroyed. ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce
On ne saurait faire domelette sans casser des ufs.
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Omelettes are not made without breaking eggs.
~ Franηois de Charette
The light is supposed to enter through your breaks, wounds, and cracks. ~ Darnell Lamont Walker
There are two kinds of light; the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures. ~ James Thurber
There is suffering in the light; in excess it burns. Flame is hostile to the wing. To burn and yet to fly, this is the miracle of genius. ~ Victor Hugo
Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself. ~ Aldous Huxley
A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them. ~ Carl Jung
For we should be conscious and always remember, that life is not measured by its length but by its intensity. ~ Tassos Papadopoulos
Talent could be said to justify itself not by its originality but by its intensity and vitality. ~ Victor Von Hagen
Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn. ~ John Wesley
Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit. ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
My passions, concentrated on a single point, resemble the rays of a sun assembled by a magnifying glass: they immediately set fire to whatever object they find in their way. ~ Donatien Alphonse Francois
Sanity has nothing directly to do with the way you think. It's a matter of presenting yourself as safe. ~ Keith Johnstone
Dont bend; dont water it down; dont try to make it logical; dont edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. ~ Howard Allen Frances O'Brien
Every isolated passion is, in isolation, insane: sanity may be defined as a synthesis of insanities. ~ Bertrand Russell
From an internal point of view insanity isn't the problem. Insanity is the solution. ~ Robert Pirsig
If you find a good solution and become attached to it, the solution may become your next problem. ~ Robert Anthony
Madness is a special form of the spirit and clings to all teachings and philosophies, but even more to daily life, since life itself is full of craziness and at bottom utterly illogical. ~ Carl Jung
Sanity is a madness put to good use. ~ George Santayana
If I am mad, it is mercy! May the gods pity the man who in his callousness can remain sane to the hideous end! ~ Howard Phillips Lovecraft
It's kind of fun to do the impossible. ~ Walt Disney
You're only young once, but you can be immature forever. ~ Germaine Greer
What you don't necessarily realize when you start selling your time by the hour is that what you're actually selling is your life. ~ Barbara Ehrenreich
Men and nations will always sell themselves into slavery, to gratify their passions and obtain revenge. The tyrant's plea, necessity, is always available; and the tyrant once in power, the necessity of providing for his safety makes him savage. ~ Albert Pike
Human life is the gift of our Creator and it should never be for sale. ~ George W. Bush
Every breath you take is one step towards death. ~ Ali bin Abi Talib
Meaningless, mechanical, monotonous, moronic work is an insult to human nature which must necessarily and inevitably produce either escapism or aggression. ~ Ernst Friedrich Schumacher
We are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our one duty is to furnish it well. ~ Peter Alexander von Ustinow
It is possible to simultaneously improve speed, cost, and quality if you can forget about geometry and think outside the triangle. ~ Geoff Hart
Mathematicians think outside the quadrilateral parallelogram. ~ Perry Peterson
In the fourth dimension, to 'think outside the tesseract' is physically impossible. ~ John Alejandro King
How do you think outside the box when you work in a cubicle? ~ James Robertson Jr
Time descends in your cell like the lid of a coffin in which you lie and watch it as it slowly closes over you. ~ Jack Henry Abbot
The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it. ~ Joseph Mengele
We have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. ~ Thomas Jefferson
Iam non ad culmina rerum iniustos crevisse queror; tolluntur in altum ut lapsu graviore ruant.
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No longer can I complain that the unrighteous man reaches the highest pinnacle of success. He is raised aloft that he may be hurled down in more headlong ruin.
~ Claudius Claudianus
Freedom cannot be legislated into existence, so it is no less obvious that freedom cannot be censored into existence. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. ~ Alfred Whitney Griswold
Censors tend to do what only psychotics do... they confuse reality with illusion. ~ David Cronenberg
It is doubtful if the oppressed ever fight for freedom. They fight for pride and power - power to oppress others. The oppressed want above all to imitate their oppressors; they want to retaliate. ~ Eric Hoffer
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. ~ Frederick Douglass
First we kill all the subversives; then, their collaborators; later, those who sympathize with them; afterward, those who remain indifferent; and finally, the undecided. ~ Ibιrico Manuel Saint-Jean
Cogi qui potest nescit mori.
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Who can be forced has not learned how to die.
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca
All beings so far have created something beyond themselves; and do you want to be the ebb of this great flood and even go back to the beasts rather than overcome man? ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man. ~ Samuel Johnson
Man knows what death means. Human fear, too, is vocable; it can be conveyed from mind to mind by words. Tribal fear is contagious. ~ Arthur Keith
The mob rushes in where individuals fear to tread. ~ Burrhus Frederic Skinner
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. ~ Ayn Rand
No man can rise superior to his individual failings without lifting, be it ever so little, the whole body of which he is an integral part. In the same way no one can sin, nor suffer the effects of sin. ~ Helena Petrovna von Hahn
I found it hard. It was hard to find. Oh well, whatever, nevermind. ~ Kurt Donald Cobain
It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears. ~ Louis D. Brandeis
The worst forms of tyranny, or certainly the most successful ones, are not those we rail against but those that so insinuate themselves into the imagery of our consciousness, and the fabric of our lives, as not to be perceived as tyranny. ~ Michael John Parenti
Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master. ~ Demosthenes
Hearts of people are like wild beasts. They attach themselves to those who love and train them. ~ Ali bin Abi Talib
'For your own good' is a persuasive argument that will eventually make a man agree to his own destruction. ~ Janet Frame
No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority. ~ Joseph Addison
Would it not be simpler, If the government simply dissolved the people And elected another? ~ Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht
Any number of scoundrels, having money enough to start with, can establish themselves as a government; because, with money, they can hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort more money. ~ Lysander Spooner
Formerly we suffered from crimes; now we suffer from laws. ~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself - and I will obey every law or submit to the penalty. ~ Hinmatσowyalahtqit (Chief Joseph)
The most odious of all oppressions are those which mask as justice. ~ Robert H. Jackson
Society's murders are sophisticated. ~ L.Fletcher Prouty
More hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than in the name of rebellion. ~ Charles Percy Snow
Why are savagery and violence so omnipresent among humans? Hunting behaviour is fascinating and attractive, a desire that makes temporary deprivation from physical needs, pain, sweat, blood and, ultimately, the willingness to kill tolerable and even appetitive. ~ Thomas Elbert
This new type of criminal, who is in actual fact hostis generis humani, commits his crimes under circumstances that make it well-nigh impossible for him to know or to feel that he is doing wrong. ~ Hannah Arendt
It has to be said that sometimes empathy can be used to the aim of cruelty, when the violent human has to know what the victim is feeling in order to maximize his suffering. ~ Lorenzo Magnani
Black medicine is the study of the vital points of human anatomy for the purpose of disrupting the structure and physiology of the body in the most rapid and deadly manner possible. ~ Dr. Bruce D. Clayton
Given people's dexterous facility for justifying violent means all kinds of inhumanities get clothed in moral wrappings. ~ Albert Bandura
You know what I think about violence. For me it is profoundly moral, more moral than compromises and transactions. ~ Benito Mussolini
Die Wόrde des Menschen ist antastbar. Sie wird mit Fόίen getreten.
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Human dignity is violable. It is trampled underfoot.
~ Franz Josef Wetz
The will to domination is a ravenous beast. There are never enough warm bodies to satiate its monstrous hunger. ~ Andrea Dworkin
Truly, where the worshipers of this image of the Beast predominate, the man whose brow and hand are unbranded by this superstition, who neither thinks nor acts in accordance with it, suffers ostracism if not virulent persecution. ~ James Morgan Pryse
The dearest ambition of a slave is not liberty, but to have a slave of his own. ~ Richard Francis Burton
We stand today at a crossroads: One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other leads to total extinction. Let us hope we have the wisdom to make the right choice. ~ Heywood Allen
You cannot make the necessary changes from inside the belly of the beast, for it is in the belly where you will find that which has been eaten. ~ Roy Nolan Shepherd
It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. ~ William Edwards Deming
If I ever did adjust to prison, I could by that alone never adjust to society. ~ Jack Henry Abbott
Once I got in the belly of the beast, once the digestive juices went to work on me, I discovered I knew nothing at all. I'd been merely a tourist on the dark side, watching through binoculars as the creature stalked and feasted. ~ Gregg Hurwitz
Perhaps catastrophe is the natural human environment, and even though we spend a good deal of energy trying to get away from it, we are programmed for survival amid catastrophe. ~ Germaine Greer
It sounds different from the inside, as it should, as if those of us who enter the bowels of the beast are graced with a different song than the rest of mankind. ~ Tom Grasso
Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate.
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Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.
~ Dante Alighieri
There is a vast difference between positive thinking and existential courage. ~ Barbara Ehrenreich
Revolutionary suicide does not mean that I and my comrades have a death wish; it means just the opposite. We have such a strong desire to live with hope and human dignity that existence without them is impossible. ~ Huey Percy Newton
Every revolution seems impossible at the beginning, and after it happens, it was inevitable. ~ William Ayers
It is time for another revolution. Not a revolution of bombs and bullets, but a revolution of leadership and moral conviction. Revolutions can happen through the ballot box as much as they can with pitchforks. ~ James R. Keena
We have an extraordinary, special responsibility, not necessarily the most enviable one, of how to act here, inside the heart of the monster. ~ Bernadine Dohrn
There are still secrets to be uncovered deep in the bowels of the beast. ~ George W. Bailey
Protest ist, wenn ich sage, das und das paίt mir nicht. Widerstand ist, wenn ich dafόr sorge, daί das, was mir nicht paίt, nicht lδnger geschieht.
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Objection is when I say: this doesn't suit me. Resistance is when I make sure that what doesn't suit me never happens again.
~ Ulrike Marie Meinhof
Come, horror, I shall tear my way from your gizzard with the white-hot blade of my truth. Die though I might, melted to a puddle of liquid flesh in the bowels of the beast. ~ Keven Smith
We were immersed in unreality like a fetus in its amniotic sack. We needed to break through that sack to be born again out of the belly of the beast. We were the children of that beast turning on our mother - destroying her, ripping her apart in the process of our birth. We were fucking her from inside out. ~ Osha Neumann
She was in the belly of the beast, all right, and her job was to give the son of a bitch a bleeding ulcer. ~ Thomas Leo Clancy
If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. ~ Noah Sealth
Only he who has the power to punish can pardon. ~ Ali bin Abi Talib
Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence. ~ Mason Cooley
Narcissism and self-deception are survival mechanisms without which many of us might just jump off a bridge. ~ Todd Solondz
Neurotic identity crises come when our defense mechanisms have been too successful and we're encapsulated in the fortress we have constructed with nothing to refresh us in our solitary confinement. ~ Samuel Keen
The world is your mirror and your mind is a magnet. What you perceive is in this world is largely a reflection of your own attitudes and beliefs. Life will give you what you attract with your thoughts. ~ Michael LeBoeuf
Look in the mirror, and don't be tempted to equate transient domination with either intrinsic superiority or prospects for extended survival. ~ Stephen Jay Gould
A serf content in poverty Is rich, though some may disagree. The man who covets things is poor, For wants spring up around his door. ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
Non qui parum habet, sed qui plus cupit, pauper est.
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It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca
What has always made the state a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven. ~ Johann Friedrich Hφlderlin
Lordine donde il cosmo traeva nome θ sciolto; Le legioni celesti sono un groviglio di mostri, Luniverso ci assedia, cieco, violento e strano.
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The order from which the cosmos drew its name is dissolved; The legions of heaven are a tangle of monsters, The universe besieges us, blind, violent and strange.
~ Primo Levi
The world is unfolding according to its own inner algorithms of cause and effect, probability and chance, without any regard for human feelings. ~ Barbara Ehrenreich
The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference. ~ Richard Dawkins
It would be an insult to whatever God there might be, to class Him as a personality, and then to say that He was responsible for things as they exist today. ~ Frank Robinson
I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it. ~ Benjamin Franklin
Although I cannot believe that the individual survives the death of his body, feeble souls harbour such thought through fear or ridiculous egotism. ~ Albert Einstein
Life is but a momentary glimpse of the wonder of this astonishing universe, and it is sad to see so many dreaming it away on spiritual fantasy. ~ Carl Sagan
Our thoughts should rest upon this life and our duties here. The next world and its duties we shall consider when we are placed in it. ~ Andrew Carnegie
Against logic there is no armor like ignorance. ~ Laurence J. Peter
It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument. ~ William G. McAdoo
In the fight between you and the world, back the world. ~ Franz Kafka
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. ~ Margaret Thatcher
Life's battles don't always go To the stronger or faster man, But soon or late the man who wins Is the man who thinks he can! ~ Walter D. Wintle
You may break, you may shatter the vase if you will, but the scent of the roses will hang round it still. ~ Thomas Moore
It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not. ~ Andre Gide
I honestly think it's better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate. ~ Nathan Birnbaum (George Burns)
The road to success is always under construction. ~ Jim Miller
We must not despair of success in war until the last moment. ~ Carl von Clausewitz
It's not an ending but rather a new beginning. A second chance. ~ Emily Thorne
You will only really know you are dead when you cross over. Till then you will always be a half-step away from the end, drawing back in the nick of time from the abyss, perhaps even given to revisiting it again and again in your life. ~ Oliver Stone
Make haste to live, and consider each day a life. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca
But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself. ~ Albert Camus
It is so much better to be killed in fighting than to take one's own life. ~ Mao Tse~tung
I recognize the habit; the addiction to being alive. So we live past hope. If I can find hope anywhere, thats it. ~ Anthony Kushner
Of all living creatures it is yourself that is most difficult to kill. ~ Arthur Koestler
Death avoids a man who desires it, to snatch at him whose heart holds fast to life. ~ Mika Waltari
Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. ~ Alex Hamilton
Without instruction, education would be too often ineffective; without education, instruction would be a lever lacking a fulcrum. ~ Giuseppe Mazzini
Give me but a firm spot on which to stand, and I shall move the earth. ~ Archimedes of Syracuse
In no way can we get such an overwhelming idea of the grandeur of Nature than when we consider, that in accordance with the law of the conservation of energy, throughout the Infinite, the forces are in a perfect balance, and hence the energy of a single thought may determine the motion of a universe. ~ Nikola Tesla
The universe is in equilibrium; therefore he that is without it, though his force be but a feather, can overturn the universe. ~ Aleister Crowley
Moments bleed together, no span to time. ~ Kami Garcia
There is no present or future - only the past, happening over and over again - now. ~ Eugene O'Neill
Time stands still at the speed of light. Past and future are simply different aspects of the eternal present, isolated and experienced from a position that is out of sync with the speed of light. ~ Michael Reynolds
I long for eternity because there I shall meet my unwritten poems and my unpainted pictures. ~ Kahlil Gibran
Time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life. ~ William Faulkner
Seize the moments, not just spend the minutes. As to finding the kairos in the chaos of the chronos, we must first realize that moments can indeed be found in the midst of our chaotic schedules. ~ Daniel Henderson
The man of thought and contemplation falls into unfathomable ecstasies in view of all the decompositions of forces resulting in unity. All works for all. Destruction is not annihilation, but regeneration. ~ Albert Pike
Hate comes from the past, fear from the future. Pain and pleasure are now. You have to bring the feelings together, blend them, and step away from time. ~ Steven Barnes
If you cry 'forward', you must without fail make plain in what direction to go. ~ Anton Chekhov
If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there. ~ George Harrison
Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. ~ Will Rogers
Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs. ~ Vαclav Havel
Power is not enough. One must have goals toward which to exercise one's power. ~ Theodore Kaczynski
The only obligation which I have the right to assume is to do at anytime what I think right. ~ Henry David Thoreau
To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it. ~ G. K. Chesterton
I am never to act without willing that the maxim by which I act should become universal law. ~ Immanuel Kant
The law is only a word unless it's backed up by the truth. ~ Harry Essex
Any man without principles that he is ready and willing to die for at any given moment is already dead and of no use or consequence whatsoever. ~ Milton William Cooper
The measure of life is not its duration, but its donation. ~ Peter Marshall
Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose. ~ John Mason Brown
The greatest use of one's life is to spend it on something that will outlast it. ~ William James
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something. ~ Winston Churchill
The problem of defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without. ~ Dwight Eisenhower
You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake. ~ Jeannette Rankin
Periods of happiness are the empty pages of history, because they are the periods of agreement, without conflict. ~ Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
The natural man is a warrior; the natural law is tooth and claw. ~ Arthur Desmond
Nobody wins when there's peace. ~ Thomas Reuthven
If we are defeated, we can think about retreating then, and in any case, I shall be dead, so why should I worry? ~ Charles Pierre Franηois Augereau
Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. ~ Marilyn vos Savant
You should not allow yourself the luxuries of discouragement or despair. Bounce back immediately, and welcome the adversity because it produces harder thinking and harder drive to get to the objective. ~ Ralph Nader
The man falling isn't permitted to feel or hear himself hit bottom. ~ Jerome David Salinger
Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom. ~ General George Patton
We will either find a way or make one. ~ Hannibal Barca
Conquer we shall, but, we must first contend! It's not the fight that crowns us, but the end. ~ Robert Herrick
We plan to persist until we prevail. ~ William Clinton
I will be conquered, I will not capitulate. ~ Samuel Johnson
Thou must be like a promontory of the sea, against which though the waves beat continually, yet it both itself stands, and about it are those swelling waves stilled and quieted. ~ Marcus Aurelius
Diamonds are only lumps of coal that stuck to their jobs. ~ Bertie Charles Forbes
History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. ~ Abba Eban
It is not untypical of the weak and endangered to chew each other up a little on the way down. ~ Norman Mailer
It became necessary to destroy the village in order to defend it. ~ General George Patton
Destruction, hence, like creation, is one of Nature's mandates. ~ Donatien Alphonse Francois
For history, to build and destroy are one and the same thing. ~ Hiraoka Kimitake (Yukio Mishima)
The only alternative to this revolution from equilibrium to evolution is extinction. ~ Steve Keen
And how could 'What Is' be hereafter? And how might it have been? For if it was, it is not, nor if ever it is going to be: thus generation is extinguished and destruction unheard of. ~ Parmenides
We act as we do for reasons of our evolutionary past, not our cultural present. ~ Robert Ardrey
Regret, remorse, repentance - they are all former joys, reversed. ~ Andre Gide
Nothing changes more constantly than the past; for the past that influences our lives does not consist of what actually happened, but of what men believe happened. ~ Gerald White Johnson
There is no greater sorrow than to recall, in misery, the time when we were happy. ~ Dante Alighieri
History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake. ~ James Joyce
History is a vast early warning system. ~ Norman Cousins
What experience and history teach is this; that nations and governments have never learned anything from history. ~ Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Education is a great shield against experience. ~ Robertson Davies
You live and learn. Or you don't live long. ~ Robert Heinlein
The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on. ~ Joseph Heller
We have met the enemy and he is us. ~ Walt Kelly
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
Fear not, too much, an open enemy; He is consistent - always at his post; But watchful be of him who holds the key Of your own heart, and flatters you the most. ~ Andrew Downing
The only enemy to fear is the enemy within, the demon that speaks in your own voice, the assassin in the mirror. ~ Robert Lonsberry
Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. ~ James Arthur Baldwin
Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be. ~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
To ourselves, we are our thoughts. To others we are our actions. ~ Scott Taggart
It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them. ~ Alfred Adler
Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art. ~ Leonardo da Vinci
Industry without art is brutality. ~ Ananda Coomaraswamy
Science without conscience is but death of the soul. ~ Michel de Montaigne
The very idea that there is some kind of conflict between science and religion is completely mistaken. Science is a method for investigating experience. Religion is the fundamental, necessary internalization of our system of more permanent values. ~ Carroll Quigley
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. ~ Albert Einstein
Science can purify religion from error and superstition. ~ Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II)
Mathematics is very much like poetry. What makes a good poem - a great poem - is that there is a large amount of thought expressed in very few words. In this sense formulas like or are poems. ~ Lipman Bers
Performance equals potential minus interference. P=p-i. According to this formula, Performance can be enhanced either by growing 'p' potential or by decreasing 'i' interference. ~ Barry Green
The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers. ~ Richard W. Hamming
Religion is the art of the poetic. Science is the art of the provable. Politics is the art of the possible. ~ Paul H. Carr
Religion, science, philosophy, though still at variance upon many points, all agree in this, that every existence is an aim. ~ Giuseppe Mazzini
A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and degrade religion. ~ Hugo Lafayette Black
You get witch-hunts and wars when church and state hold hands. ~ Roberta Joan Anderson
When the mob governs, man is ruled by ignorance; when the church governs, he is ruled by superstition; and when the state governs, he is ruled by fear. ~ Manly P. Hall
Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. ~ George Washington
A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire: not too near, lest he burn; nor too far off, lest he freeze. ~ Albert Pike
The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it. ~ Woodrow Wilson
Power flows to those who are worthy. ~ Wolf Tivy
Exigencies create the necessary ability to meet and conquer them. ~ Wendell Phillips
Great composers very often mix dissonances with harmonious chords to stimulate the hearer and to sting him, as it were, so that he becomes concerned about the outcome and is all the more pleased when everything is restored to order. Similarly, we may enjoy trivial dangers or the experience of evils. ~ Gottfried Leibniz
A dissonance, mixed in among many consonances, is what makes for the most excellent harmony. ~ Antoine Arnauld
This long course in human wickedness had taught us the lesson of the fearsome, word-and-thought-defying banality of evil. ~ Hannah Arendt
'Evil is banal' is a claim not about magnitude but about proportion: if crimes that great can result from causes that small, there may be hope for overcoming them. Calling evil banal is a piece of moral rhetoric, a way of defusing the power that makes forbidden fruit attractive. ~ Susan Neiman
Denn das Bφse ist des Menschen beste Kraft. 'Der Mensch muss besser und bφser werden' so lehre ich. Das Bφseste ist nφthig zu des άbermenschen Bestem.
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Evil is humanity's best strength. 'Humanity must become better and eviler' - so do I teach. The evilest is necessary for the overman's best.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Even more than bread we now need poetry, in a time when it seems that it is not needed at all. ~ Leopold Staff
What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience? ~ Rollo May
Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one. ~ Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov
Freedom of speech is not freedom from consequences. Nor is it freedom from criticism. ~ Abiola Lapite
I should be able to whisper something in your ear, even if your ear is 1000 miles away, and the government disagrees with that. ~ Philip Zimmermann
Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem. ~ Ronald Reagan
Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break in pieces. ~ Ιtienne de La Boιtie
Souviens-toi, rien nest vrai, tout est permis.
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Remember, nothing is true, everything is permitted.
~ Hassan-i Sabbah
EVERYTHING NOT FORBIDDEN IS COMPULSORY ~ Terence Hanbury White
Fais ce que tu voudras; vive la sainte libertι.
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Do whatever you like; long live the holy freedom.
~ Jacopo Corbinelli
Everything not compulsory is forbidden. ~ Murray Gell-Mann
FAICTZ CE QUE VOULDRAS. Par ce que gens liberes, bien nez, bien instruictzs, conversans en compaignies honnestes, ont par nature un instinct et aiguillon qui tousjours les puolse ΰ faictz vertueux et retire de vice, lequel ilz nommoient honneur.
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DO WHAT IS DESIRED. Because men that are free, well-born, well-bred, and conversant in honest companies, have naturally an instinct and spur that prompteth them always unto virtuous actions and withdrawal from vice, which is called honour.
~ Franηois Rabelais
Either 'what is not permitted is prohibited' (ie every behaviour is prohibited unless specifically permitted) or 'what is not prohibited is permitted' (ie every behaviour is permitted unless specifically prohibited). ~ Carlo Focarelli
Nullum crimen, nulla poena sine praevia lege poenali.
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No crime and no punishment without a pre-existing penal law.
~ Paul Johann Anselm Ritter von Feuerbach
No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes. On the contrary, whatever the punishment, once a specific crime has appeared for the first time, its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been. ~ Hannah Arendt
There is no law beyond 'Do what thou wilt'. Love is the law, love under will. ~ Edward Alexander Crowley
Dilige, et quod uis fac: radix sit intus dilectionis, non potest de ista radice nisi bonum exsistere.
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Love, and what you will, do: let the root of love be within, of this root can nothing spring but what is good.
~ Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis
Anything is possible. Nothing is forbidden. ~ James Francis Cameron
What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desire, you can achieve. ~ Norman Vincent Peale
Don't believe in miracles - depend on them. ~ Laurence J. Peter
"Fear, the oldest and most universal of protective mechanisms, is called into play whenever the integrity, welfare, or perpetuation of tribal life is threatened. Tribal extermination is the greatest dread of the tribal mind. Fear, we shall find, is the basis of the enmity complex. The cosmical code is rooted in fear."
"Fear rises into a vast field of consciousness in which are pictured the present, the past, and the future. As it rises it has at its command an army of emotions, feelings, and passions which it sets in urgent motion. Man knows what death means. Human fear, too, is vocable; it can be conveyed from mind to mind by words. Tribal fear is contagious. Fear places the cosmical code in command and arms it with the feelings, passions, and actions which make man a fighter."
"Fear, then, having been aroused in our tribesman's mind by a sudden threat to his home or tribe, quickly passes into resentment; resentment into anger; anger forces the will into that state of resolution which is called courage; courage moves to action, to defense. The feeling of exaltation, evoked by situations of the greatest peril, gives courage absolute mastery of the warrior's will. The instinct of self preservation, the most powerful of all individual impulses, is cast out, and our tribesman, urged onward by the fanatical power of his courage, risks or gives his life in order that his tribe may live. In this state of warlike exaltation there is pressed into action a passion to destroy, to kill, to exterminate the enemy, to terrify him by acts of cruelty and of inhumanity. It may be, if danger is more distant, that anger passes, not into immediate resolution and action, but into that delayed form of anger which is called hate. Hate, under the guidance of reason, awaits relief in an act of retaliation. Such, then, is the enmity complex with which our tribesman is armed; it is rooted in fear and becomes manifest in resentment, hate, anger, resolution, courage, action, destruction, cruelty, murder, or heroism. It must also be borne in mind that in all emergencies tribal needs are given an instinctive precedence over those of the individual."
"Fear is the expectation of evil, of injury, of death. In our tribesman's armory there is a balancing presentiment or expectation - the expectation of good, of help, of survival, of life - the sentiment of hope. The odds against our warrior may be so overwhelming that there is no hope; only despair or abject fear. His heart melts; his hands become feeble; his spirit faints; his knees weak as water. He throws his arms down and submits himself to the will of the conqueror, his tribal enemy. Or he and his fellows may take to flight. In either case the tribe is broken and its evolutionary life is ended."
"The moral paradox of war: The fact that, while on the one hand war is utterly opposed to all the recognized canons of morality, it yet elicits qualities which are agreed to be of the highest moral value and induces in the belligerent populations a sort of moral fervour which is hard to bring about by any other means. That a soldier should, in the same moment, seek to kill an opponent and, overcoming the strongest instinct in his nature that of self-preservation should offer his own life to save his nation, is certainly a paradox ; but of its paradoxical aspect the soldier is quite unconscious : to act under the dual code is, for him, in the natural order of things."
The doctrine of Maat is represented in the declarations to Rekhti-merti-f-ent-Maat and the 42 Negative Confessions listed in the Papyrus of Ani.
The following are translations by E. A. Wallis Budge.
42 Negative Confessions (Papyrus of Ani) I have not committed sin. I have not committed robbery with violence. I have not stolen. I have not slain men and women. I have not stolen grain. I have not purloined offerings. I have not stolen the property of the gods. I have not uttered lies. I have not carried away food. I have not uttered curses. I have not committed adultery, I have not lain with men. I have made none to weep. I have not eaten the heart [i.e., I have not grieved uselessly, or felt remorse]. I have not attacked any man. I am not a man of deceit. I have not stolen cultivated land. I have not been an eavesdropper. I have slandered [no man]. I have not been angry without just cause. I have not debauched the wife of any man. I have not debauched the wife of [any] man. (repeats the previous affirmation but addressed to a different god). I have not polluted myself. I have terrorized none. I have not transgressed [the Law]. I have not been wroth. I have not shut my ears to the words of truth. I have not blasphemed. I am not a man of violence. I am not a stirrer up of strife (or a disturber of the peace). I have not acted (or judged) with undue haste. I have not pried into matters. I have not multiplied my words in speaking. I have wronged none, I have done no evil. I have not worked witchcraft against the King (or blasphemed against the King). I have never stopped [the flow of] water. I have never raised my voice (spoken arrogantly, or in anger). I have not cursed (or blasphemed) God. I have not acted with evil rage. I have not stolen the bread of the gods. I have not carried away the khenfu cakes from the spirits of the dead. I have not snatched away the bread of the child, nor treated with contempt the god of my city. I have not slain the cattle belonging to the god.
from the Papyrus of Ani Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. published by Gramercy. 1995-01-23. ISBN 978-0-517-12283-9.
MANUFACTURING CONSENT "Control of thought is more important for governments that are free and popular than for despotic and military states. The logic is straightforward: a despotic state can control its domestic enemies by force, but as the state loses this weapon, other devices are required to prevent the ignorant masses from interfering with public affairs, which are none of their business the public are to be observers, not participants, consumers of ideology as well as products." "The major media-particularly, the elite media that set the agenda that others generally follow-are corporations selling privileged audiences to other businesses. It would hardly come as a surprise if the picture of the world they present were to reflect the perspectives and interests of the sellers, the buyers, and the product. Concentration of ownership of the media is high and increasing. Furthermore, those who occupy managerial positions in the media, or gain status within them as commentators, belong to the same privileged elites, and might be expected to share the perceptions, aspirations, and attitudes of their associates, reflecting their own class interests as well. Journalists entering the system are unlikely to make their way unless they conform to these ideological pressures, generally by internalizing the values; it is not easy to say one thing and believe another, and those who fail to conform will tend to be weeded out by familiar mechanisms." - Noam Chomsky
who is NOAM CHOMSKY? ? Institute Professor & Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus) Linguistic Theory, Syntax, Semantics, Philosophy of Language MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
i saw that you posted it in another thread and i have already gone through it once. thank you for the recommendation. i am very pleased with the insight it inspired. i have already recommended it to several others. it really looks deep into questions about identity and masculinity.
using archetypes to sort out thoughts and images in our mind is always helpful to me.
WHAT IS A MAN?
Originally Posted By: justplainme
RE: Warrior King Magician Lover written by Robert Moore & Douglas Gillette
King-Warrior-Magician-Lover http://www.masculinity-movies.com/articles/king-warrior-magician-lover "As outlined in the book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover - Rediscovering the archetypes of the mature masculine by Douglas Gillette and Robert Moore, there is a clear line drawn between immature archetypes - boy psychology - and mature archetypes - man psychology. In boy psychology, there is in the model a clearly delineated path of evolution, which yields to a more open landscape with the onset of man psychology. Additionally, within each of the four archetype axises, is not only an immature and a mature stage, but a pyramid structure of the boy and of the man wherein we find the integrated archetype at the apex, and active and passive bipolar shadow aspects in the left and right corners."
"It is important to recognize that when we are not in conscious relationship with an archetype, we are automatically ruled by its bipolar shadow. And when we are ruled by the shadow archetype, we tend to switch back and forth between the active and passive poles, completely at the mercy of events. What we learn from this system is that healing and integration becomes possible when we recognize that one archetype dominates too strongly in our psyche, and must be balanced by another, or when we recognize that the archetypes we animate are sourced in the active or passive shadow poles, as opposed to the integrated and mature aspect."
READ AN EXCELLENT SUMMARY OF THE CONCEPTS IN THIS BOOK
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Understanding the Boy "The differences between a boy and a man should be apparent, but in our current cultural climate, we seem to have lost this understanding. Boyhood has come to dominate the male population of Western culture, and manhood discarded as dark, destructive, scary, and problematic. The boy has been pushed to occupy the space left behind by the man - something he is not ready for - and his values of youth, physical vitality, and beauty come to dominate. He has been celebrated through diverse cultural phenomena, such as the boyband, young, rebellious athletes, the irresponsibility and «don't give a damn»-attitude proselytized by the advertising industry (look no further than Coca Cola Zero adverts), the take-what-I-want-and-fuck-you-if-you-try-to-stop-me of parts of the music industry, the self-serving ways of young stockbrokers and real estate agents etc, the wave of movies in which immature men are turned into poster boys, the admiration of heroics, the celebration of youth over wisdom etc. The list goes on."
"The problem with this is that we end up with a very limited view of masculinity, one rooted in insecurity and the desire for sex, fame, money, and power. We become so uprooted in ourselves, separated from our true core, that we define ourselves through external factors. We must recognize one basic fact: The boy is the slave of his ego. He often has little control over his nervous system, and fries his life energy on pointless mental pursuits and drama. He is the guy who can't sit still and can't tolerate silence. He is the guy who freaks out from prolonged eye contact. He is the guy who is easily insulted, who tries very hard to be seen (or equally hard not to be), who fishes for love and is easily hurt. He is the guy who has little structure and integrity in life, and who - despite his myriad claims to goodness - won't stand up for a friend in times of need. It's not that he doesn't want to do the right thing. It's that he is not able to. His life is in disarray and he is completely under the spell of the feminine, and is happy only as long as mummy is close. This is the subconscious mother, the archetypal mother, the feminine as a whole - not necessarily the biological mother. The purpose of the Hero archetype, the last archetype of boyhood psychology, is to break free from this bondage to the Feminine."
Understanding the Man "The hero's journey - the last step on the evolution of boy psychology - finally takes the boy into the realms of the man. This, however, often comes at great cost, and is often preceded by a time of existential crisis, what Robert Bly refers to as «ashes work». In the legends, the story always ends when the hero returns having slain the dragon, rescued the princess, and received the kingdom as reward. It doesn't describe the enormous difficulty the hero has settling into his adult responsibilities as king, and doesn't investigate his ability to stay faithful to his new queen, or his inclination to throw it all away - all those nasty responsibilities - to ride into the world on his trusty stallion once more."
"We said that the defining characteristic of the Boy is his enslavement to his ego. The defining characteristic of the Man is his mastery of it. The Man has subjugated his ego and turned it into an ally. This is impossible unless the crisis of ashes has first been lived or worked through. Any boy who is to become a man must feel his fearful way through the utter pointlessness of everything to serve the world. And it is of course exactly because our lives are so safe and comfortable that most of us never grow up to serve, never leaving boyhood behind."
The King "The King is the source of order in the kingdom. If he is a wise and just king, the kingdom prospers, people eat well and are safe from harm. In the kingdom of the wise king, laughter rings through the lands, the crops shoot up high, joyful celebrations keep the woods awake, merchants travel with overflowing carts to lively markets. The king is the harmonizing principle, the subjugator of chaos, the uniter of opposites. He is the channel through which the gods communicate, and he channels divine blessings to his people and the lands (to whom he is «wed»). He is selfless, and puts the good of his people above his own needs. When the King grows weak, darkness threatens the borders of the kingdom, the sun disappears from the sky, and the crops wither and die. When the king dies, he knows, he is merely replaced by another in a lineage of divinely blessed kings, which humbles him (remember the saying «The King is dead, long live the King»)."
"In the psyche of the man, the King archetype is the central archetype, around which the rest of the psyche is organized. If the King energy in us is weak, our psyche falls in disarray, and chaos threatens our lands. The man who is constantly overwhelmed by life - who can't seem to find harmony or order - must develop the King energy, often in conjunction with Warrior energy to protect his borders."
The Shadow King: The Tyrant and the Weakling "The Tyrant is the active pole of the Shadow King. The Tyrant, unlike the King, is not the harmonizing center of the kingdom, and his power is so fragile that he hates with a passion all new life; the beauty and purity of a mere baby boy threatens the Tyrant's rule. He does not realize that a King is merely a channel, and wants the power to be associated with himself. He will even develop godly pretensions to cover up his enormous insecurity. His degradation of others and all beauty is limitless, as everything good, true, and beautiful reminds him of his own shortcomings. He is extremely sensitive to criticism, and will be deflated by the slightest remark, responding with rage, when what he feels is fear and vulnerability."
"The Weakling is the passive pole of the Shadow King. He is not centered in himself and lacks inner peace and harmony, and is prone to paranoia. He suspects that those around him are disloyal, and his fear of betrayal will inevitably cause him to switch over to the Tyrant to control them."
The Magician "The Magician is the wise man, the sage, the knower of secrets. He sees and navigates the inner worlds, he understands the dynamics and energy flows of the outer. He is a master of technology, engineering, mathematics, mysticism, and logic. He reads the stars, navigates the soul, and writes the laws. In the legends, he is the King's close advisor, who stops the regent's anger with cool rationality before he acts rashly and channels to him knowledge from hidden sources. The Magician is the thinker, and all knowledge that requires special training is his domain. The Magician has the capacity to detach from events - the chaos of the world - and draw on essential truths and resources deep within him. He thinks clearly in times of crisis, and enables us to take a broader view of things. He governs the observing ego, and is the meditator that reveals the truth of the universe, the shaman who communicates with the ancestors and stars."
The Shadow Magician: The Manipulator and the Denying «Innocent» one. "The Manipulator is the active pole of the Shadow Magician. He works in covert ways to undermine others. He withholds crucial information, and deliberately sets others up so as to appear inferior to himself. The specialist knowledge he possesses makes him feel proud and gives him a feeling of being better than. That feeling is all he lives for, so he is not prepared to share his knowledge, unless the price is right (and even then probably withholding crucial details). He will rather use it as a weapon, ready to strike when the impact is the most devastating."
"The Innocent one is the passive pole of the Shadow Magician. He wants the status belonging to a true Magician, but he doesn't want the responsibilities. He doesn't want to be burdened with helping, of setting up sacred space for others' learning. His main focus is to learn exactly enough to sabotage those who are trying their damndest to make a difference, so that no other man will achieve that which he is too lazy to strive for. He is envious of the vitality of others, because he is so «flat» himself. Whenever confronted with his elusive and destructive behaviour, he responds «who, me?». He is a master at manipulating others into thinking that it really wasn't his doing, a carefully crafted puppet theatre conducted behind the smokescreen of the Manipulator."
The Warrior "The warrior is a powerhouse of energy, the source of which is a transpersonal commitment. He is fiercely loyal to his warrior code - which is his honor - and to the king, who mythologically represents his purpose. The warrior is not concerned about his own comfort and security in pursuit of his goal, as his training teaches him to live with death as his constant companion. The domain of the Warrior is the battlefield - be it a battlefield of war, of spirituality, or of moral ethics. The Warrior's purpose is often to destroy, but the mature warrior destroys only that which is negative and harmful to the world. He is a master tactician, knowing at all times his limitations, and finds creative ways around them. The warrior is not a thinker, he is a doer. Thinking is his enemy, because it inhibits his ability to act swiftly and with force. He trains himself not to think, and becomes a master of his mind, attitudes, and body. The warrior is detached from life, with an almost infinite ability to withstand psychological and physical pain in pursuit of his goal. He is a little «unhuman», always chasing his next big goal, always putting emphasis on his mission as opposed to his relationships."
The Shadow Warrior: The Sadist and the Masochist "The Sadist is the active pole of the Shadow Warrior. The Warrior's detachment from life leaves the door open to cruelty. The Warrior is most vulnerable in the area of relationships, where he must constantly stay vigiliant of his mind and emotions. They must not be repressed, but be under control, lest cruelty sneak into him while he isn't looking. The Sadist hates weakness and vulnerability, which is a projection of his hidden Masochist, and will take great glee in tormenting those unfortunate souls that remind him of his shadow. The Sadist directed inwards has people running themselves into the ground out of deep anxiety. They have low sense of self-worth, and will endure great self-torment on their way to burnout."
"The Masochist is the passive pole of the Shadow Warrior. The Masochist projects Warrior energy onto others, and experiences himself as impotent and vulnerable in their presence. He is unable to defend himself psychologically and allows others to manipulate and mess with him. A man might endure enormous amounts of abuse until one day he might snap, and percolate back to the Sadist."
The Lover "The lover is finely attuned to the realm of the senses and worships beauty. He is a musician, poet and artist, and a lover of all things, both inner and outer. He is passionate, and delights in touching and being touched. He wants to always stay connected, and does not recognize boundaries. He wants to experience the world as one ongoing big orgasm of hearts uniting as One. He is the mystic who feels everything as himself, and the source of all intuition. Through his feeling capacity, he is finely attuned to people's energy, capable of reading them like an open book. His desire for love and connectedness considered, feeling into other people and discovering dark intentions is a painful experience for him. He is opposed to all structures that maintain separateness - of all law and order that keep hearts lonely and isolated. He is, in other words, opposed to all the other archetypes. The Lover is crucial in keeping the other archetypes energized, humane, and in touch with the ultimate purpose of love. The Lover keeps them from turning dark."
The Shadow Lover: The Addicted and the Impotent Lover "The Addicted Lover is the active pole of the Shadow Lover. He is constantly searching for the fulfillment of his sensual desires. A true hedonist, he throws himself into a neverending and exhausting search for sensual fulfillment, without ever really knowing what he truly looks for. He is pulled around by circumstances and his constantly shifting desires, never finding rest. A woman here, a women there, then music, art, fine wine - whatever keeps his sensual side alive. The Addicted lover has not solidified in his internal structures, and will forever hunt for the attainment of his desire, helplessly shackled to the desire for union with Mother (the realm of sensory experience is the realm of the Feminine)."
"The Impotent Lover is the passive pole of the Shadow Lover. He is chronically depressed, and feels cut off from himself and others. He loses his zest for life, his energy all but gone.He is sexually inactive, and will withdraw from all demands that are placed on him and his sexuality. If his partner becomes too demanding, requesting a sex life from him he is uncapable to offer, his feelings of imprisonment may propel him out of the relationship and onto the endless road of addiction that is the domain of the Addicted Lover."
This is a world of compensation; and he would be no slave must consent to have no slaves. Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it. ~ Abraham Lincoln
The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws. ~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus
A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves. ~ Bertrand de Jouvenal
In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all security, comfort, and freedom. ~ Edward Gibbon
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. ~ Thomas Paine
You must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty. ~ Andrew Jackson
Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God. ~ Simon Bradstreet
It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics. ~ James Madison
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~ Benjamin Franklin
There is no substitute for a militant freedom. The only alternative is submission and slavery. ~ Calvin Coolidge
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. ~ Thomas Jefferson
Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it. ~ Billings Learned Hand
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. ~ John Adams
The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people. ~ Louis D. Brandeis
I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine. ~ Ayn Rand
I will fight to the death, to defend your right to tell me I am wrong. ~ Chuck Shaw
If men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences that can invite the consideration of mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. ~ George Washington
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. ~ Edward Abbey
The right and the physical power of the people to resist injustice, are really the only securities that any people ever can have for their liberties. Practically no government knows any limit to its power but the endurance of the people. ~ Lysander Spooner
You get freedom by letting your enemy know that you'll do anything to get your freedom; then you'll get it. It's the only way you'll get it. ~ Malcolm Little
This is why I say its the ballot or the bullet. Its liberty or its death. Its freedom for everybody or freedom for nobody. ~ El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz
If mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind." ~ John Stuart Mill
The absence of freedom is the presence of death. Any nation or government that deprives an individual of freedom is in that moment committing an act of moral and spiritual murder. Any individual who is not concerned about his freedom commits an act of moral and spiritual suicide. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. ~ Abraham Lincoln
The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale.
mostly common sense stuff that we all already know, yet always seem to forget when we need it most, like during the night and day, or when making decisions or reacting to triggers. so i like to reinforce the positive by repeating the rite words in rote order until they become second nature.
hope you enjoy.
The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desire, you can achieve.
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities - always see them, for they're always there.
Think only the best, be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger.
The trouble with most of us is that we'd rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
this book never leaves my mind. it haunts me. it is a maddening journey through epic injustice and frustration. purely fictional, almost fantasy, yet frighteningly real. i cannot properly describe this book. it is an experience. > mood=doom < yet it also speaks to the power of the human spirit to withstand and endure life's absurd tragedies. patiently, we must persist and prevail against the preposterous and pompous political persecution. there is a quiet dignity to the futility.
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