“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.” – Frank Zappa
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
INTERVIEWER: “Mr. Kesey, do you feel that you have the right to do what you want? Whatever you want?”
KEN KESEY: “I feel that a man has the right to be as big as he feels it in him to be.”
I was yesterday years old when I realized this quote from the movie Grease is referring to weed.
Life is what you make of it; no more, no less.
I’ve seen many versions of this quote over the years, but this image has to be my favorite.
“The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.”
-Harriet Ann Jacobs
“Of all the things I hold in high regard, rules are not one of them.”
– Frank Underwood
“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”
– Anne Lamott
“I hope some day to meet God, because I want to thank Him for the flowers.”
– Robert Brault
Another piece of me died the other day. I realized that many of the “spiritual” things I have chosen to believe existed have never really been proven. Not by science, but more importantly, not even by myself. Psychic abilities, spirit guides, reincarnation, extraterrestrial communication, soul contracts, multi-dimensional realities, etc, etc – I spent my entire life believing in these things and defending them to others without ever really having any of my own proof or personal experience.
Ever since I was a kid this world was never enough for me. Always needing more, always searching for more. And now, TROLOLOL, the joke was on me because apparently my real life mission was to accept that this is all there is and to find the beauty and magic in it. It took me half my life to discover my real mission, and I suppose the rest of my life to implement it. Who knows, maybe once I surrender to what already is and find my peace with it, the other things I’ve been searching for will just open themselves naturally to me. Or maybe it wont even matter anymore whether or not they are true.
“I’m convinced that I come from a place where there is no concept of ‘earning a living’. All beings just exist and ‘be’ in peace. Earth is the only planet where we have to ‘pay’ to survive. I have a hard time fitting in.
People say ‘do what you like’, I like to just be and not do.”
– Neha Sinha
“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.”
– Paulo Coelho
I don’t know why they call it ‘common sense.’ It doesn’t seem to be common at all.
“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.”
– Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
“I was looking out of the window in New York and everybody was rushing around, almost running. Everybody seemed to be in a state of intense nervous tension, anxiety. It’s suffering, really, but it’s not recognized as suffering. And I thought, where are they all running to? And of course, they are all running to the future. They are needing to get somewhere, which is not here. It is a point in time: not now—then. They are running to a then. They are suffering, but they don’t even know it.”
“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.” – Camille Pissarro
“You can’t say Merry Christmas because that offends people who aren’t Christian. You can’t say Happy Hanukkah because that offends people who aren’t Jewish. You can’t say Happy Holidays because that offends people who aren’t happy.”
– JP Sears
Meditation: Because some answers can only be found on the Inner net.
Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”
– Isaac Asimov