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Favorite Quotes

Quotes for January 18, 2013

“Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear, kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor, with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it.”
General Douglas MacArthur

“We need a common enemy to unite us.”
Condoleezza Rice

“You cannot have the right to do what is wrong!”
Abraham Lincoln

Quotes for January 14, 2013

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about Joseph Campbell’s famous advice to  “follow your bliss”.

There will be more from me on this amazing idea soon, but, in the meantime here are a few similar thoughts from other authors.

“We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or doing laundry.”
E.B. White

“It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.”
Rabindranath Tagore

“An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man’s entire existence.”
Honoré de Balzac

Quotes for January 7, 2013

“Our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation.”
Honoré de Balzac

 “Anything you dream is fiction, and anything you accomplish is science, the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction. ”
Ray Bradbury

“Myth is much more important and true than history. History is just journalism and you know how reliable that is.”
Joseph Campbell

Quotes for January 4, 2013

“Beauty endures only for as long as it can be seen; goodness, beautiful today, will remain so tomorrow”
Sappho

“Happiness isn’t something you experience; it’s something you remember”
Oscar Levant

“I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.”
Baruch Spinoza

Quotes for December 31, 2012

Thoughts at year’s end.

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
Winston Churchill

“Ten men in our country could buy the whole world and ten million can’t buy enough to eat.”
Will Rogers

Quotes for December 27, 2012

I normally provide a variety of authors, but, today, I want to share four quotes from one of my favorite thinkers Joseph Campbell.
For more from him see Joseph Campbell Foundation

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”

“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.”

“Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.”

Quotes for December 21, 2012

Today is the Winter Solstice.  Throughout the world, regardless of culture, this has traditionally been a time to celebrate the waning of the darkness and the return of the light.   Here are a few words in that spirit of hope.

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
Albert Camus

“The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come.  At the darkest moment comes the light.”
Joseph Campbell

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”
Anne Frank

“What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.”
Rumi

Quotes for December 15, 2012

“Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better”
George Santayana

“Always drink upstream from the herd.”
Will Rogers

“What you are basically, deep, deep down, far, far in, is simply the fabric and structure of existence itself.”
Alan Watts

Quotes for December 11, 2012

“Life is hard but so very beautiful”
Abraham Lincoln

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Winston Churchill

“Life is a horizontal fall.”
Jean Cocteau

Life is not a spectacle or feast; it is a predicament.
George Santayana

Quotes for December 7, 2012

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today”
Will Rogers

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
Winston Churchill

Quotes for December 3, 2012

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

Zen … does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes
Alan Watts

 “What could I say to you that would be of value, except that perhaps you seek too much: that as a result of your seeking you cannot find.  Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal.”
Hermann Hesse

Quotes for November 27, 2012

“Death is the only wise advisor that we have. Whenever you feel, as you always do, that everything is going wrong and you’re about to be annihilated, turn to your death and ask if that is so. Your death will tell you that you’re wrong; that nothing really matters outside its touch. Your death will tell you, ‘I haven’t touched you yet.”
Carlos Castaneda

“What is not true, as everyone knows, is always immensely more fascinating and satisfying to the vast majority of men than what is true. Truth has a harshness that alarms them, and an air of finality that collides with their incurable romanticism”.
H. L. Mencken

“The true joy of a moonlit night is something we no longer understand. Only the men of old, when there were no lights, could understand the true joy of a moonlit night.”
Yasunari Kawabata

Quotes for November 24, 2012

“True guilt is guilt at the obligation one owes to oneself to be oneself. False guilt is guilt felt at not being what other people feel one ought to be or assume that one is”.
R. D. Laing

“Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.”
Michael Levine

“The price of eternal vigilance is indifference.”
Marshall McLuhan

Quotes for November 16, 2012

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
Ray Bradbury

“Cosmic time is the same for everyone, but human time differs with each person. Time flows in the same way for all human beings; every human being flows through time in a different way.”
Yasunari Kawabata

“Memories images, once they are fixed in words, are erased.”
Italo Calvino

Quotes for November 14, 2012

“Americans no longer talk to each other, they entertain each other. They do not exchange ideas, they exchange images. They do not argue with propositions; they argue with good looks, celebrities and commercials.”
Neil Postman

“I hate victims who respect their executioners. ”
Jean-Paul Sartre

“The ultimate meaning to which all stories refer has two faces: the continuity of life, the inevitability of death.”
Italo Calvino

Quotes for November 7, 2012

“The greater part of human activity is designed to make permanent those experiences and joys which are only lovable because they are changing.”
Alan Watts

“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.”
Carlos Castaneda

“The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.”
H. L. Mencken

Quotes for November 5, 2012

We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.
Virginia Satir

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

 There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified and new prejudices to be opposed.
 Samuel Johnson

Quotes for November 2, 2012

“People have fallen low. They’ve let their bodies become mute, and they can speak only through their mouths.”  
 Nikos Kazantzakis  –  Zorba’ the Greek  

“Politics offers yesterday’s answers to today’s questions.”
Marshall McLuhan

“We do not see things as they are; we see things as we are”
Anais Nin

Quotes for October 29, 2012

“In work, I am your man.  But in things like playing and singing, I am my own.”

 “They say that age kills the fire inside of a man, that he hears Death coming, he opens the door and says, “Come in, give me rest!”  That is a pack of goddamn lies.  I’ve got enough fight in me to devour the world!”

“Life is trouble.  Only death is not.  To be alive is to undo your belt and look for trouble.”

 Nikos Kazantzakis – Zorba the Greek

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2 Responses

  1. Another from Zorba:” Am I not a man? And is a man not stupid? I’m a man, so I married. Wife, children, house, everything. The full catastrophe”

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