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  • #1
    Gary Snyder
    “I have a friend who feels sometimes that the world is hostile to human life--he says it chills us and kills us. But how could we be were it not for this planet that provided our very shape? Two conditions--gravity and a livable temperature range between freezing and boiling--have given us fluids and flesh. The trees we climb and the ground we walk on have given us five fingers and toes. The "place" (from the root plat, broad, spreading, flat) gave us far-seeing eyes, the streams and breezes gave us versatile tongues and whorly ears. The land gave us a stride, and the lake a dive. The amazement gave us our kind of mind. We should be thankful for that, and take nature's stricter lessons with some grace.”
    Gary Snyder

  • #2
    Benjamin Franklin
    “Nine men in ten are suicides.”
    Ben Franklin

  • #3
    Christopher Moore
    “You're trying to be tricky. What's morality?"
    "It's the difference between what's right and what you can rationalize."
    "Must be a human thing."
    "Exactly.”
    Christopher Moore

  • #4
    Christopher Moore
    “Only cops and vampires have to have an invitation to enter.”
    Christopher Moore

  • #5
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    “He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living from hand to mouth.”
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • #6
    Meister Eckhart
    “Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.”
    Meister Eckhart

  • #7
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    “Better than other people.' Sometimes he says: 'That, at least, you are.' But more often: 'Why should you be? Either you are what you can be, or you are not - like other people.”
    Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

  • #8
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    “Your cravings as a human animal do not become a prayer just because it is God whom you ask to attend to them.”
    Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

  • #9
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    “At every moment you choose yourself. But do you choose *your* self? Body and soul contain a thousand possibilities out of which you can build many I's. But in one of them is there a congruence of the elector and the elected. Only one--which you will never find until you have excluded all those superficial and fleeting possibilities of being and doing with which you toy, out of curiosity or wonder or greed, and which hinder you from casting anchor in the experience of the mystery of life, and the consciousness of the talent entrusted to you which is your *I*.”
    Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

  • #10
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    “Beneath the hush a whisper from long ago, promising peace of mind and a burden shared.

    No peace which is not peace for all, no rest until all has been fulfilled.”
    Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

  • #11
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    “He is one of those who has had the wilderness for a pillow, and called a star his brother. Alone. But loneliness can be a communion.”
    Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

  • #12
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    “A heart pulsating in harmony with the circulation of sap and the flow of rivers? A body with the rhythms of the earth in its movements? No. Instead: a mind, shut off from the oxygen of alert senses, that has wasted itself on 'treasons, stratagems and spoils'--of importance only within four walls. A tame animal--in whom the strength of the species has outspent itself, to no purpose.”
    Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

  • #13
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    “Like the bee, we distill poison from honey for our self-defense--what happens to the bee if it uses its sting is well known.”
    Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

  • #14
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    “The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence.”
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    tags: war

  • #15
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    “It is not the repeated mistakes, the long succession of petty betrayals--though, God knows, they would give cause enough for anxiety and self-contempt--but the huge elementary mistake, the betrayal of that within me which is greater than I--in complacent adjustment to alien demands.”
    Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

  • #16
    Grant Morrison
    “From now on, I'm opting for ontological terrorism.”
    Grant Morrison, The Invisibles, Vol. 6: Kissing Mister Quimper

  • #17
    Elias Lönnrot
    “Once to swim I sought the sea-side,
    There to sport among the billows;
    With the stone of many colors
    Sank poor Aino to the bottom
    Of the deep and boundless blue-sea,
    Like a pretty son-bird, perished.
    Never come a-fishing, father,
    To the borders of these waters,
    Never during all thy life-time,
    As thou lovest daughter Aino.

    Mother dear, I sought the sea-side,
    There to sport among the billows;
    With the stone of many colors,
    Sank poor Aino to the bottom
    Of the deep and boundless blue-sea,
    Like a pretty song-bird perished.
    Never mix thy bread, dear mother,
    With the blue-sea's foam and waters,
    Never during all thy life-time,
    As thou lovest daughter Aino.
    Brother dear, I sought the sea-side,
    There to sport among the billows;
    With the stone of many colors
    Sank poor Aino to the bottom
    Of the deep and boundless blue-sea,
    Like a pretty song-bird perished.
    Never bring thy prancing war-horse,
    Never bring thy royal racer,
    Never bring thy steeds to water,
    To the borders of the blue-sea,
    Never during all thy life-time,
    As thou lovest sister Aino.

    Sister dear, I sought the sea-side,
    There to sport among the billows;
    With the stone of many colors
    Sank poor Aino to the bottom
    Of the deep and boundless blue-sea,
    Like a pretty song-bird perished.
    Never come to lave thine eyelids
    In this rolling wave and sea-foam,
    Never during all thy life-time,
    As thou lovest sister Aino.
    All the waters in the blue-sea
    Shall be blood of Aino's body;
    All the fish that swim these waters
    Shall be Aino's flesh forever;
    All the willows on the sea-side
    Shall be Aino's ribs hereafter;
    All the sea-grass on the margin
    Will have grown from Aino's tresses.”
    Elias Lönnrot, The Kalevala

  • #18
    Plato
    “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, The Republic

  • #19
    Mark Twain
    “I said there was nothing so convincing to an Indian as a general massacre. If he could not approve of the massacre, I said the next surest thing for an Indian was soap and education. Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run; because a half-massacred Indian may recover, but if you educate him and wash him, it is bound to finish him some time or other.”
    Mark Twain

  • #20
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    “The dizziness in the face of les espaces infinis--only overcome if we dare to gaze into them without any protection. And accept them as the reality before which we must justify our existence. For this is the truth we must reach to live, that everything is and we just in it.”
    Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

  • #21
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    “When you have reached the point where you no longer expect a response, you will at last be able to give in such a way that the other is able to receive, and be grateful. When Love has matured and, through a dissolution of the self into light, become a radiance, then shall the Lover be liberated from dependence upon the Beloved, and the Beloved also be made perfect by being liberated from the Lover.”
    Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

  • #22
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    “Humility before the flower at the timber line is the gate which gives access to the path up the open fell.”
    Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings
    tags: path, zen

  • #23
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    “When the sense of the earth unites with the sense of one's body, one becomes earth of the earth, a plant among plants, an animal born from the soil and fertilizing it. In this union, the body is confirmed in its pantheism.”
    Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

  • #24
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    “To preserve the silence within--amid all the noise. To remain open and quiet, a moist humus in the fertile darkness where the rain falls and the grain ripens--no matter how many tramp across the parade ground in whirling dust under an arid sky.”
    Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings
    tags: mind, path, zen

  • #25
    Thomas Browne
    “We carry within us the wonders we seek without us.”
    Sir Thomas Browne, Prose: "Religio Medici" , "Hydriotaphia" , "Garden of Cyrus" , "Letter to a Friend" , "Christian Morals" and Selections from Other Works

  • #26
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    “The light died in the low clouds. Falling snow drank in the dusk. Shrouded in silence, the branches wrapped me in their peace. When the boundaries were erased, once again the wonder: that *I* exist.”
    Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

  • #27
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    “My home drove me
    into the wilderness.
    Few look for me. Few hear me.”
    Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

  • #28
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    “His moral lecture
    blazed with hate.
    What could have driven a child that far?”
    Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

  • #29
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    “Trees quiver in the wind,
    sailing on a sea of mist
    out of earshot.”
    Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

  • #30
    Dag Hammarskjöld
    “Apes. The moon woke them--
    round the world's navel revolved
    prayer wheels of steps.”
    Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings
    tags: humans



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