For there is a
growing apprehension that existence is a rat-race in a trap: living
organisms, including people, are merely tubes which put things in at
one end and let them out at the other, which which both keeps them
doing it and in the long run wears them out. So to keep the farce
going, the tubes find ways of making new tubes, which also put things
in at one end and let them out at the other. At the input end they
develop ganglia of nerves called brains, with eyes and ears, so they
can more easily scrounge around for things to swallow. As and when
they get enough to eat, they use up their surplus energy by wiggling
in complicated patterns, making all sorts of noises by blowing air in
and out of the input hole, and gathering together in groups to fight
with other groups. In time, the groups grow such and abundance of
attached appliances that they are hardly recognizeable as as mere
tubes, and they manage to do this in a staggering array of forms.
There is a vague rule not to eat tubes of your own form, but in
general there is serious competition as to who is going to be the top
type of tube. All this seems marvelously futile, and yet, when you
begin to think about it, it begins to be more marvelous than futile.
Indeed, it seems extremely odd.
- Alan W. Watts - from: The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are.
I too realize that the less I preach the more likely I am to be heard.
- Alan W. Watts
- from: The
Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are.
I'd rather have
him inside the tent pissing out, then outside the tent pissing in.
- Lyndon B. Johnson
all's dust - The sermon for today. Lands, seas. Awakened, You walk
the earth alone.
never certain, failure is never final.
- Jeff MckEever - Micro Age
If you don't
know where you're going, you're liable to end up somewhere else.
- Lawrence J. Peters
From Ron Fitch
If you don't know where you are going, you won't know where you are when you get there.
If you don't know where you're going, you're liable to end up there.
WHO You Are, is Who you are Today!
WHAT You are is Who you've been.
It's OK to Breathe!
Be Here Now! (But don't get STUCK in it)
Experience is what you get when you don't like what you want.
Decisions don't Exact a price; Choices Do!
If there's no risk, it ain't worth it!
When you pit Logic against Emotions, Logic usually loses.
Backwards always seems backwards to Backwards.
When you don't understand, it gets Personal. When you DO Understand, it's not Personal anymore.
The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie - deliberate, contrived and dishonest - but the myth - persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.
Chuang-Tzu and a friend were walking along a riverbank. "How
delightfully the fishes are enjoying themselves in the water,
Chuang-Tzu exclaimed. "You are not a fish, how do you know
whether or not the fishes are enjoying themselves?" "You
are not me", Chuang-Tzu replied. "How do you know that I do
not know that the fishes are enjoying themselves?"
- Taoist Mondo
The less you
bet, the more you lose when you win.
The less you bet, the more you lose when you win.
Great Minds Focus on Ideas...
Average Minds pay attention to Events....
Weak Minds are driven by Drama.
There are Two Secrets to Success:
1. Don't tell ANYONE Everything you know
If you have to
ask what Jazz is, you'll never know.
- Louis Armstrong
unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destination.
- Kahil Gibran
I drink alone in my study, huddled close to the brazier.
The wine is fresh - just strained this evening.
The candle is short - left over from last night.
I chew on a piece of sugar cabe as big as a rafter and eat tangerines sweeter than honey.
When the wine takes effect, a poem comes to me;
I grope for my brush, but I'm too high to write it down.
Don't read books!
Don't chant poems!
When you read books, your eyeballs whither away, leaving the bare sockets.
When you chant poems your heart leaks out slowly with each word.
People say reading books is enjoyable.
People say chanting poems is fun.
But if your lips constantly make a sound
like an insect chirping in autumn,
you will only turn into a haggard old man.
And even if you don't turn into a haggard old man,
it is annoying for others to have to hear you.
It is much better
to close your eyes, sit in your study,
lower the curtains, sweep the floor, burn incense.
It's beautiful to listen to the wind, listen to the rain,
take a walk when you feel energetic,
and when you're tired go to sleep.
When we ask for
advice we are usually looking for an accomplice.
- Marquis de la Grange
As I grew up I became increasingly interested in philosophy, or which [his family] profoundly disapproved. Everytime the subject came up they repeated with unfailing regularity, "What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind." After some fifty or sixty repititions, this remark ceased to amuse me.
- Bertrand Russell
are straying away from church and going back to God.
- Lenny Bruce
The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me.
- Meister Eckhart
Computers are useless - they can only give you answers.
- Pablo Picasso
A monk asked
Yueh-shan, "What does one think of while sitting?"
"One thinks of not-thinking", the Master replied.
"How does one think of not-thinking?"
"Without thinking", the Master said.
- Zen Mondo
If you cannot
find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
- Zen Master Dogen
delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.
- Yasutani Roshi
The map is not
- Alfred Korzybski
The poet must
work with brush and paper,but this is not what makes the poem.
A man does not go in search of a poem -
the poem comes in search of him.
- Yang Wan Li
In truth, a satisfying orgasm is a spiritual realization more than a technical accomplishment.
- Thadeus Golas
Lazy Man's guide to Enlightment
Just before she
died, Gertrude Stein asked: "What is the answer?" - No
answer came. She laughed asked: "In that case what is the
question?"; after which, she died.
One sees great
things from the valley, only small things from the peak.
- G.K. Chesterton
In an utter
Emptiness anything can take place.
- John Cage
everything out of nothing. But the nothingness shows through.
- Paul Valery
- Robert Pirsig
and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence
by people who want to "know" the universe when it's hard
enough to find your way around Chinatown.
- Woody Allen
How many cares
one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
- Coco Chanel
Life is what
happens when you're making other plans.
- John Lennon
terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.
- Carl Jung
The Zen Master
said, "Who binds you?" The seeker of liberation said
"No one binds me." The Master asked, "Then why seek liberation?"
- Zen Mondo
How can you
think and hit at the same time?
- Yogi Berra
The mystical is
the world is, but that
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
You can only
find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
- G. K. Chesterton
arrive at the end of the journey are not those who began.
- T.S. Elliot
because they take themselves lightly.
- G. K. Chesterton
"my Zen is very ordinary". I say, ordinary Zen can produce
Extra-ordinary results,until you attempt to define results; at which
time it is no longer ordinary.
- Ronald Allen
It is never too
late to give up your prejudices.
- Henry David Thoreau