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  • #1
    “Lizzie and I arrived in the polluted heat of a London summer. We stood frozen at street corners as a blur of pedestrians burst out of the subways and spilled like ants down the pavements. The crowed bars, the expensive shops, the fashionable clothes - to me it all seemed a population rushing about to no avail...I stared at a huge poster of a woman in her underwear staring down at her own breasts. HELLO BOYS, she said. At the movies we witnessed sickening violence, except that this time we held tubs of popcorn between our legs and the gunfire and screams were broadcast in digital Dolby. We had escaped a skull on a battlefield, only to arrive in London, where office workers led lines of such tedium and plenty that they had to entertain themselves with all the f****** and killing on the big screen. So here then was the prosperous, democratic and civilized Western world. A place of washing machines, reality TV, Armani, frequent-flier miles, mortgages. And this is what the Africans are supposed to hope for, if they're lucky.”
    Aidan Hartley, The Zanzibar Chest: A Story of Life, Love, and Death in Foreign Lands

  • #2
    “We throw ourselves into the journey and when it's done, even while having learned that all experience involves the loss of something beloved, what is ledt in the residue of memory is love.”
    Aidan Hartley, The Zanzibar Chest: A Story of Life, Love, and Death in Foreign Lands

  • #3
    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    “Governments want efficient technicians, not human beings, because human beings become dangerous to governments – and to organized religions as well. That is why governments and religious organizations seek to control education.”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti, Education and the Significance of Life

  • #4
    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    “Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti

  • #5
    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    “The ending of sorrow is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge is always within the shadow of ignorance. Meditation is freedom from thought and a movement in the ecstasy of truth. Meditation is explosion of intelligence.”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti

  • #6
    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    “The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti

  • #7
    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    “I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. ... The moment you follow someone you cease to follow Truth.”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti

  • #8
    Emily Dickinson
    “Forever is composed of nows.”
    Emily Dickinson

  • #9
    Emily Dickinson
    “Beauty is not caused. It is.”
    Emily Dickinson

  • #10
    Emily Dickinson
    A Word is Dead

    A word is dead
    When it is said,
    Some say.

    I say it just
    Begins to live
    That day.”
    Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems

  • #11
    Emily Dickinson
    “We never know how high we are till we are called to rise. Then if we are true to form our statures touch the skies.”
    Emily Dickinson, Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson

  • #12
    Henry Miller
    “There is no salvation in becoming adapted to a world which is crazy”
    Henry Miller

  • #13
    Henry Miller
    “Everybody says sex is obscene. The only true obscenity is war.”
    Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

  • #14
    Henry Miller
    “Nothing can be given or taken away; nothing has been added or subtracted; nothing increased or diminished. We stand on the same shore before the same mighty ocean. The ocean of love. There it is - in perpetuum. As much in a broken blossom, the sound of a waterfall, the swoop of a carrion bird as in the thunderous artillery of the prophet.
    We move with eyes shut and ears stopped; we smash walls where doors are waiting to open to the touch; we grope for ladders, forgetting that we have wings; we pray as if God were deaf and blind, as if He were in a space. No wonder the angels in our midst are unrecognizable.
    One day it will be pleasant to remember these things.”
    Henry Miller

  • #15
    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    “One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti

  • #16
    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    “The following of authority is the denial of intelligence. [It] may help us temporarily to cover up our difficulties and problems; but to avoid a problem is only to intensify it, and in the process, self-knowledge and freedom are abandoned.”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti, Education and the Significance of Life

  • #17
    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    “You can only be afraid of what you think you know.”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti

  • #18
    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    “All ideologies are idiotic, whether religious or political, for it is conceptual thinking, the conceptual word, which has so unfortunately divided man.”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti

  • #19
    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    “Passion is a rather frightening thing because if you have passion you don't know where it will take you.”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti, Freedom from the Known

  • #20
    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    “The ending is the beginning, and the beginning is the first step, and the first step is the only step.”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti, The Only Revolution

  • #21
    Franz Kafka
    “This tremendous world I have inside of me. How to free myself, and this world, without tearing myself to pieces. And rather tear myself to a thousand pieces than be buried with this world within me.”
    Franz Kafka, Diaries of Franz Kafka



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