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George Gurdjieff, fully George Ivanovich Gurdjieff

Awakening is possible only for those who seek it and want it, for those who are ready to struggle with themselves and work on themselves for a very long time and very persistently in order to attain it.

Marianne Moore

When dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the poets among us can be literalists of the imagination --above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Rodney Mullen, fully John Rodney Mullen

The summation of that gives us something we could never achieve as an individual.

Vedas, The Vedas

If we try our hand at something of which we have no knowledge and experience then failures and disappointments are inevitable. - Yajur Veda

Dave Barry, fully David McAlister "Dave" Barry

We journalists make it a point to know very little about an extremely wide variety of topics; this is how we stay objective.

W. H. Auden, fully Wystan Hugh Auden

It's better to say, 'I'm suffering,' than to say, 'This landscape is ugly.'

Thomas Merton

Each one of us has some kind of vocation. We are all called by God to share in His life and in His Kingdom. Each one of us is called to a special place in the Kingdom. If we find that place we will be happy. If we do not find it, we can never be completely happy. For each one of us, there is only one thing necessary: to fulfill our own destiny, according to God's will, to be what God wants us to be.

Philip K. Dick, fully Philip Kindred Dick

He saw two stars collapse against one another and a nova form; it flared up and then, as he watched, it began to die out. He saw it turn from a furiously blazing ring into a dim core of dead iron and then he saw it cool into darkness. More stars cooled with it; he saw the force of entropy, the method of the Destroyer of Forms, retract the stars into dull reddish coals and then into dust-like silence. A shroud of thermal energy hung uniformly over the world, over this strange and little world for which he had no love or use. It's dying, he realized. The universe. The thermal haze spread on and on until it became only a disturbance, nothing more; the sky glowed weakly with it and then flickered. Even the uniform thermal disbursement was expiring. How strange and goddamn awful, he thought. He got to his feet, moved a step toward the door. And there, on his feet, he died. They found him an hour later. Seth Morley stood with his wife at the far end of the knot of people jammed into the small room and said to himself, to keep him from helping with the prayer. The same force that shut down the transmitter, Ignatz Thugg said. They knew; they knew if he phrased the prayer it would go through. Even without the relay. He looked gray and frightened. All of them did, Seth Morley noticed. Their faces, in the light of the room, had a leaden, stone-like cast. Like, he thought, thousand-year-old idols.

George Washington

Real Patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favorite, are liable to become suspected and odious; while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests. (Note: spelling/capitalization likely original.

Chinese Proverbs

Ill gotten gains are like snow that is sprinkled with hot water.

William Wordsworth

Oft on the dappled turf at ease I sit, and play with similes, loose types of things through all degrees.

Nachman of Breslov, aka Reb Nachman Breslover or Bratslav, Nachman from Uman

To draw God's providence upon ourselves completely, it is necessary to break the appetite for wealth. This is achieved through giving charity. When a person gives money to charity, it cools his urge to acquire. He conducts his business affairs truthfully and honestly and is satisfied with his portion in life, having pleasure and contentment from what God has blessed him with. Since he is not desperate to become rich, he is free from the constant struggle to make extra profit. The burden of this struggle is the fulfillment of the curse: "By the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread" (Genesis 3:19). When a person gives charity he is freed from this, and it is accounted to him as if he has brought an offering of incense to God.

Mexican Proverbs

Between the beginning and the end there is always a middle.

Martin Amis, fully Martin Louis Amis

When things are going well, you do have the sense that what you?re writing is being fed to you in some way. Auden compared writing a poem to cleaning an old piece of slate until the letters appear. The only way you could reveal your god is perhaps under hypnosis. It?s sacred and it?s secret, even to the writer.

Yiddish Proverbs

Don't look for a notch in the saw.

Richard Dawkins

The argument of this book is that we, and all other animals, are machines created by our genes

Chuck Palahniuk, fully Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk

The same way a compact disk isn't responsible for what's recorded on it, that's how we are. You're about as free to act as a programmed computer. You're about as one-of-a-kind as a dollar bill.

Sven Birkerts

The reality of life is that your perceptions -- right or wrong -- influence everything else you do. When you get a proper perspective of your perceptions, you may be surprised how many other things fall into place.

Zelig Pliskin

The world is filled with limitless opportunities for pleasure and enjoyment. What destroys this potential is that we become used to what we already have and take things for granted. [We no longer see what we have as wonderful. Familiarity has brought contempt and discontent. To renew our vision of life we need to become imaginatively aware that everything could be worse and then we will again feel relief, gratitiude and happiness that it isn't!]

Guru Nanak

Night and day, imbued with the Lord s Love, singing the Glorious Praises of the Lord, the Lord s lover loves the Lord.

E. B. White, fully Elwyn Brooks White

During which time I have experienced the satisfactions of working the land, building the soil, and making brown into green, I am beginning to believe that our new world that will open up after the war should be constructed round a repopulated rural America, so that a reasonably large proportion of the population shall participate in the culture of the earth. The trend is often in the opposite direction, even in peace. As things are now in America, country living is possible only for those who have either the talents and instincts of a true farmer or the means to live wherever they choose.

Donald Trump

No, I've never really changed. Nothing's changed my mind. And by the way, you know, you have a huge group of people — I walk down the street, and people are screaming, "Please don't give that up."

Author Unknown

The fool mistakes power for virtue, acclaim for merit, nonconformity for dangerousness, conviction for truth, revenge for justice, license for liberty, and kindness for weakness.

Mahatma Gandhi, fully Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, aka Bapu

I believe in the essential unity of man, and for that matter, of all lives. Therefore, I believe that if one man gains spiritually, the whole world gains with him, and if one man falls, the whole world falls to that extent.

Alan Watts, fully Alan Wilson Watts

For every individual is a unique manifestation of the Whole, as every branch is a particular outreaching of the tree. To manifest individuality, every branch must have a sensitive connection with the tree, just as our independently moving and differentiated fingers must have a sensitive connection with the whole body. The point, which can hardly be repeated too often, is that differentiation is not separation.