“A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and, in order to divert himself, having no love in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest forms of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal. And it all comes from lying – lying to others and to yourself.”
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
People learn more on their own rather than being force fed.
The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other.
“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”
– George Santayana
To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie –
True Poems flee
~Emily Dickinson, C.1879
In summer, the song sings itself. ~William Carlos Williams
“I don’t care whether animals are capable of thinking; all I care about is that they are capable of suffering!” – Jeremy Bentham
We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom. ~Leo Tolstoy
“If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.” – Jack Lemmon
“Clean water is only as far away as the nearest tap, and there are taps everywhere. There’s a faucet everywhere. But the reality is, the water in our toilets is cleaner than the water that most people are drinking.” – Matt Damon
“According to the saying of an ancient philosopher, one should eat to live, and not live to eat” – Moliere
“A philosopher once asked, “Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?” Pointless, really…”Do the stars gaze back?” Now that’s a question.”
– Neil Gaiman
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. He sings because it has a song. ~Chinese Proverb
“We lose ourselves in what we read, only to return to ourselves, transformed and part of a more expansive world.” – Judith Butler
“Thinking begins when you ask really difficult questions.”
– Slavoj Žižek
Don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured… Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you’re supposed to. ~Susan Cain
All of life is a foreign country. ~Jack Kerouac
Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road. ~Jack Kerouac
If music is a Place — then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple. ~Vera Nazarian
“We’ve lost our moral foundation, which allows us to go this far over. So I don’t blame Trump. I just think he is what he is. We’re the ones who let that happen. We should be looking at ourselves.”
– Robert Redford
If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. ~Lao Tzu
Its been five weeks since I was sent home from the hospital, and have been making great strides, to a better and healthier life ahead. Everything is looking good, and my doctor likes what she has seen far.
i’m starting to sleep better, and my diet is working out.
I an proud of myself, and I’ll pat myself on the back.
“When I was in high school I asked myself at one point: “Why do I care if my high school’s team wins the football game? I don’t know anybody on the team, they have nothing to do with me… why am I here and applaud? It does not make any sense.” But the point is, it does make sense: It’s a way of building up irrational attitudes of submission to authority and group cohesion behind leadership elements. In fact it’s training in irrational jingoism. That’s also a feature of competitive sports.” – Noam Chomsky
“That’s the standard technique of privatization: defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital.” – Noam Chomsky
“There’s a gullible side to the American people. They can be easily misled. Religion is the best device used to mislead them.”
– Michael Moore
I stop wanting what I am looking for, looking for it.
Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. ~Voltaire
but it turned
out to be
a quiet day
odd for a
The charming landscape which I saw this morning is indubitably made up of some 20 or 30 farms. Miller owns this field, Locke that, and Manning the woodland beyond. But none of them owns the landscape. There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple of payments. ~Steven Wright
Sometimes you have to shut your eyes, so you can see the real beauty. ~Kilian Jornet
Rest and be kind, you don’t have to prove anything.
Relax. Nothing is under control. ~Adi Da
“It is my view that the simplest explanation is there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization. There is probably no heaven, and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that, I am extremely grateful.”
– Stephen Hawking
“Thinking is hard work; that’s why so few do it.”
– Albert Einstein
“George wrote Taxman, and I played guitar on it. He wrote it in anger at finding out what the taxman did. He had never known before then what could happen to your money.”
– Paul McCartney
“‘White Rabbit’ was mostly done in about two days, the music in about half an hour. The music is a ‘Bolero’ rip-off and the lyrics a rearrangement of ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ You take two spectacular hits and throw them together, and it’s hard to miss.” – Grace Slick
“Through literacy you can begin to see the universe. Through music you can reach anybody. Between the two there is you, unstoppable.” – Grace Slick
Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see”
– Ella Fitzgerald
Last month. when I became ill, it didn’t look good. I was so weak, that I couldn’t even get off the couch. I told my partner to call for an ambulance, and off to the hospital. They rushed me to the emergency room, and immediately the nurse hooked the IV into me. I spent seven hours and numerous and do of the IV, then brought me up to ICU. A couple of hours later, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. That is when the will power came to mind, and do everything I could to get better. So far, its working. Also, I had the will power to quit smoking; cold turkey, and I don’t even miss it.
As I write this, I am feeling a lot better, though there are good days and bad day or two, thrown into the mix. So, with the will power, I will live, and enjoy life.
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. ~Erica Jong
Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. ~Maya Angelou
“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” – Robert McCloskey
“Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians.” – David Brinkley
“I start in the middle of a sentence and move both directions at once.” – John Coltrane
“Don’t ever get so big or important that you can not hear and listen to every other person.” – John Coltrane
“What is a soul? It’s like electricity – we don’t really know what it is, but it’s a force that can light a room.” – Ray Charles
I was walking through the leaves. Falling from the trees. Feelin’ like a stranger nobody sees. ~Bob Dylan
Love and Theft (2001)
I have posted quite a few ‘quotes,’ but for the present time, I am not ready to read and reply to any comments.
Since the middle of May, I’ve gone through a lot health wise. I have my good days, and some not so good. I will say this, I have the will-power, to keep me going, and I will not give up.
That is it, for now.
“Music is the universal language … it brings people closer together.” – Ella Fitzgerald
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. ~Maya Angelou
“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” – George Washington Carver