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"We thought of life by analogy with a journey.... But we missed the point the whole way along. It was a musical thing and you were supposed to sing, or to dance, while the music was being played." - Alan Watts
"You don't really understand an antagonist until you understand why he's a protagonist in his own version of the world." - John Rogers
"I've found that the best things happen to me when I do the things I don't want to do, so I find myself wanting to do the things that I don't want to do." - Peter Dilworth
"'Here is what you have to understand: it is possible to change bad things in society without an adrenaline kick to motivate you. That is the fundamental thing Thay is doing.'
'How do I change things without anger?'
'You observe that something is wrong and you gently put it right. It is as though you peer at a flower arrangement and reach out to adjust a branch. With no more emotion than *that*.'"

"'We can only reverse these negative patterns by watching the feelings arise and not watering them. Don't believe in them.'"

- The Barn at the End of the World, page 189
"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
"The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering." - Ram Das
"Dear Human: You've got it all wrong.
You didn't come here to master unconditional love.
That is where you came from and where you'll return.
You came here to learn personal love.
Universal love. Messy love. Sweaty love.
Crazy love. Broken love. Whole love.
Infused with divinity. Lived through the grace of stumbling.
Demonstrated through the beauty of... messing up. Often.
You didn't come here to be perfect. You already are.
You came here to be gorgeously human. Flawed and fabulous.
And then to rise again into remembering.
But unconditional love? Stop telling that story.
Love, in truth, doesn't need ANY other adjectives.
It doesn't require modifiers.
It doesn't require the condition of perfection.
It only asks that you show up. And do your best.
That you stay present and feel fully.
That you shine and fly and laugh and cry
and hurt and heal and fall and get back up
and play and work and live and die as YOU.
It's enough. It's Plenty." - Courtney A. Walsh
"No one ever changes, who doesn't first want to." - Kas Golubic, 2014-05-20
"Do one thing every day that scares you." - Mary Schmich, 1997
"Personally, I believe very much in values of savagery; I mean: instinct, passion, mood, violence, madness." - Jean Dubuffet
"Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly; Man got to sit and wonder, 'Why, why, why?' Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land; Man got to tell himself he understand." - Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
"Memento mori."
(Latin for "Remember that you will die.")
"Stop trying to control everything and just let go!" - Fight Club
"He who is not contented with what he has would not be contented with what he would like to have." - Socrates
"You pray, I dance naked in the forest."
"Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are; it solely relies on what you think." - Zig Ziglar, Steps to the Top, p 186. (1985) (not Buddha)
"As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls." - M. Cartmill
"I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure." - John D. Rockefeller
"When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment; I told them they didn't understand life." - unknown (probably not John Lennon)
"When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong." - R. Buckminster Fuller
"In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you." - Buddhist Saying
"Whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so sure of themselves, and wiser people are full of doubts." - George Bernard Shaw
"Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you've got about a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you've got to be kind." - Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
"With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil—that takes religion." - Steven Weinberg, 1999
"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" - War and Peace (film series)
"Here's To The Crazy Ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." - Steve Jobs
'1960: "I have a great idea! lets have every person in the country carry a radio tracking beacon!" "That'll never fly!" 2012: "I can has TWO iphones??"' - bash.org
'"In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.' - Elwood P. Dowd, Harvey (1950)
"Just because you're offended, doesn't mean you're right." - Ricky Gervais
"The unformed matter of the world, was a god, by the name of Chaos." -Thomas Hobbes
"My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular." - Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.
"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things." - Rene Descartes (1596 - 1650)
"If you believe everything you read, better not read." - Japanese Proverb
"Rational arguments don’t usually work on religious people. Otherwise there would be no religious people." - Gregory House, M.D. Season 4 Episode 2 The Right Stuff.
"Eh, wisdom's overrated. I prefer beatings and snacks." - Unity, Skin Horse
“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.” ― William Gibson
"The power to cause pain is the only power that matters, the power to kill and destroy, because if you can't kill then you are always subject to those who can, and nothing and no one will ever save you." - Ender Wiggin, Ender's Game (1985), by Orson Scott Card
"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." - Buddha, 563-483 B.C.
"Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody." - Benjamin Franklin
"Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities." - Aldous Huxley
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." - Walt Whitman
"It was necessary to review the configurations of these many new events in order to fit them to himself, then cherish and praise them - lest they swallow him up." -Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
"The scientific name for an animal that doesn't either run from or fight its enemies is lunch." - Michael Friedman
"Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop." - Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland
"And this is the nature of the universe. We struggle against it. We fight to deny it, but it is of course pretense. It is a lie. Beneath our poised appearance, the truth is we are completely... out of control." - The Merovingian, The Matrix Reloaded
"Do you believe you're fighting for something? For more than your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom, or truth? Perhaps peace? Could it be for love? Illusions Mr. Anderson. Vagaries of perception. Temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose." - Agent Smith, The Matrix Revolutions
"What civilization is, is 6 billion people trying to make themselves happy by standing on each other’s shoulders and kicking each other’s teeth in." - Terence McKenna
"Just because an idea can be proved doesn’t mean it’s true." - The Truth Wears Off: Is there something wrong with the scientific method? - newyorker.com
"Hermes will help you get your wagon unstuck, but only if you push on it." - Greek Alphabet Oracle
"Under peaceful conditions a warlike man sets upon himself." - Nietzsche
"If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough" - Mario Andretti
"You're mad, bonkers, off your head. But I'll tell you a secret: All the best people are." - Alice in Winderland (2010)
"What is necessary is never unwise." - Sarak, Star Trek (2009)
"The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you'll never find it." - C. P. Snow
"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword." - Christ, Matthew 10:34, King James Bible
'"Another aspect of this is the following: what you are doing right now is the thing that you most want to do. Now you may be thinking, "No way! I'd rather be on Malibu Beach!" But if you really wanted to be on Malibu Beach, you'd be there.' - http://www.downes.ca/post/38502
And are you ashamed, are you afraid,
of the gods and idols that you have made?
Do you think you'll be saved
by the gods and idols that you have made?

None will be saved.
None will be saved.
None will be saved.
- VNV, Kingdom
"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." - Mark Twain
"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth." - Umberto Eco
"No human thing is of serious importance." - Plato
"Where are you going and what do you wish?" - The Old Moon, to Winkin' Blinkin' and Nod
"There are as many truths as there are people."
"Your truth can be changed simply by the way you accept it. That's how fragile the truth for a human is." "A person's truth is so simple that most ignore it to concentrate on what they think are deeper truths." - Evangelion #26
"Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead." - Charles Bukowski
"For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong." - H. L. Mencken
"I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it." - Rita Mae Brown
"...this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down." - Mary Pickford
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." - Mahatma Gandhi
"If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him." - Voltaire, 1768
"I ... hold in contempt the wise man who has not lived and the scholar who will not share." - L. Ron Hubbard
"A ship in a port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for." - Grace Murray Hopper
"Whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad." - Euripides (c.480 - 406 BC).
"I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself." - D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) English Author
"'Wholly harmless types,' David Kepesh tells his therapist, 'probably lead rather constricted lives, don't you think?'"
"Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing at all." - Helen Keller
"Since everything in life is but an experience perfect in being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection, one may well burst out in laughter." - Long Chen Pa
"A man said to the Universe: 'Sir, I exist!' 'However,' replied the Universe, 'the fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.'" - Stephen Crane
"The foundation of all mental illness is the unwillingness to experience legitimate suffering." - Carl Jung
"If you could be either god's worst enemy, or nothing, which would you choose?" - Fight Club
"You say 'evil' like it's a bad thing."
"It's not denial. I'm just very selective about the reality I accept." - Calvin
"Do I look like someone who cares what God thinks?" - Pinhead, Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)
"The gods envy us, because we will die someday. It makes everything so much more beautiful" - The Illiad.
"Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events of the same size." - Mark Twain
"When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries of life disappear and life stands explained." - Mark Twain
I smile.
I make vroom vroom noises under my helmet.
I have for the past 7 years.

when a rider passes me, I wave.

Why, asks the non rider.
Why wave. do you know them?
Why ride? it's dangerous.
Why ride? it's cold outside.
it's scary.
it's loud.
it's not visable in traffic
it doesnt have air conditioning and slide out cup holders.
it doesnt even have a roof.

Well, I know something you don't know. And that guy I waved to, he knows it to. And you don't and you mayhaps never will. I can't tell you about it because it can't be expressed in words. It can not be reduced to "mere" poetry or song. It can only be experienced.


GOD I LOVE MY BIKE!

- James

"I refuse to tip toe through life only to arrive safely at death."
"I'd rather be happy than right any day." - Slartiblartfast, hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy
"...the distinctions we make between the high and the low are arbitrary and inconsequential." - Matthew Benedict, on the subject of Cow Wallpaper
"One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star." - Nietzsche
"There is no use trying," said Alice; "one can't believe impossible things." "I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." - Lewis Carroll
"times like these i feel like peeling my skin off." - moxie77, 11/11/04
"...the truth shall make you free." - Christ, John 8:32, King James Bible
"Some things are true whether you believe in them or not." - Seth (City of Angels)
"Life is but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage--and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." - William Shakespeare (Macbeth)
"hesitation = death"
"I suggest one house of legislators, another whose single duty is to repeal laws. Let the legislators pass laws only with a two-thirds majority . . . while the repealers are able to cancel any law through a mere one-third minority." - the moon is a harsh mistress, page 301
"...it's entirely possible I will die.... But it'd be worse if I'd never lived." - brynn
"Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting '... holy sh!!t .... what a ride!'"
"Pain makes you real." - Darxus, April 1999
"The most elementary and valuable statement in science, the beginning of wisdom is: 'I do not know'." - Data, ST:TNG 2x2 Where Silence Has Lease
"Everything is sacred to us...so if you are sacred then you must treat yourself with respect, to do otherwise is to desecrate something that is holy." - ST:TNG 7x20 Journey's End
"I'm not saying there should be a capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?"
"The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do and what a man can't do." - Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Carribean
"...not everyone believes what you do." "My beliefs do not require them to." - Lock and Morpheus, The Matrix Reloaded
"Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it." - Groucho Marx
"I have no idea how people function without near-constant internal chaos. I'd loose my mind." - A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
"God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through." - Paul Valery
"We must be the change we wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi
"The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend." - Henri L. Bergson
"The question isn't 'who is going to let me'; it's 'who is going to stop me'." - Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
"Stop trying and just be."
"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it." - Mahatma Gandhi
"I'm not crazy, I just don't give a fuck." - Willy (Night of the Comet)
"You eventually become who you pretend to be." - Xena
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
- Tolkien
"Am I a man who dreamed I was a butterfly, or am I a butterfly who is dreaming I am a man?" - Chuang Tsu, ~350 BC
"If you are not paranoid... you may not be paying attention." - jimh@creative-net.net, Fri, 26 Jan 2001 11:14:44 -0600, IDPA@yahoogroups.com
"Tell you what I do like though. A killer. A dyed in the wool killer. Cold-blooded, clean, methodical and thorough." - Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg, The Fifth Element
"If I'm chasing after some guy, and even if in the first second I close half the distance between me and him, then half that distance in the second second, then half that distance in the third second, I'm always going to be half some distance behind him, and I'll never catch him.
Which is why we have guns." - Zeno's Paradox, according to Maxim magzine
"Do one thing every day that makes your mother ashamed." - Denis Leary
"I would never kill somebody. Not unless they pissed me off." - Cartman
"The shrew is almost completely blind, and must rely on it's barely adequet sence of panic smell...." -pox (at newgrounds)
"The most alive is the wildest." - Thoreau
"force, my friends, is violence; the supreme authority from which all other authority is derived. naked force has resolved more issues throughout history than any other factor. the popular opinion which says 'violence never solves anything' is wishful thinking at its worst. people who forget that always pay." - said by michael ironside in starship troopers, line written by r.a. heinlein and e. neumeier, sampled by velvet acid christ in the song decypher on the album fun with knives.
"Let's do away with safety and improve our species. Take up smoking. Jaywalk. Play with blasting caps. Swim right after a big meal. Stick something small in your ear. Take your choice of dangerous activity and do it with gusto. Future generations will thank you." - Lawrence Bullis, in the Arizona Republic
"I wish I was a neutron bomb, for once I could go off" - Pearl Jam, Wishlist
"Abe Lincoln may have freed all men, but Sam Colt made them equal."
"You have to consider the possibility that god does not like you" - fight club
"I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves." - August Strindberg
"There is no problem which cannot be solved with a sufficient amount of explosives."
"If you can read this, you're in range."
"Everyone needs to believe in something. I believe I'll have another beer."
Of all the things I've lost, it's my mind I'm happiest to be rid of.
The tension
is getting hotter
I want to hold her
head under water

"Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." - Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)
"Consciousness: That annoying time between naps."
"Hmm, I thought that annoying time between NAPs was called latency :)" - Avi Freedman
"Live Free or Die." - John Stark, July 31, 1809
"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose." - Janis Joplin
"Life is tough, then you die." - Wolverine
"and put one of those fingers on each hand up
and be proud to be outta your mind and outta control" -Eminem
"Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die."
"Prejudice is wrong; you should hate everyone the same."
"Paranoia is a virtue."
"I think, therefore I suffer."
"Having a bad day? It takes 42 muscles to frown, but only 4 to pull the trigger of a decent sniper rifle." - Dr. John D. Taylor
"When the world descends into panic, we lead the way." - Sluggy Freelance, 2000-01-02
"The Way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death."
"Killing just helps reduce the stress." - LstatShaft@aol.com
"If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it cought and shot now." - Zaphod, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
"Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon." - Susan Ertz
"We all enter this world in the same way: naked; screaming; soaked in blood. But if you live your life right, that kind of thing doesn't have to stop there."
"Is insanity just a matter of dropping the act?"
"Happiness is a warm gun."
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The knowledge that you are an idiot, is what distinguishes you from one."
"If you look good and dress well, you don't need a purpose in life." - Robert Pante, fashion consultant
"It's never too late to panic."
"Protecting the children is a good way to get a lot of adults who cant stand up for themselves" -J. Stecher
"I think he got teased for [his name] about half a day in grade school by the 'school bully'. One beating later and suddenly his name wasnt so funny. I'm not saying you should teach your kid to fight, I'm just advocating violence." -Mental
"It is an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem. For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, wars and so on - whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man - for precisely the same reasons." - the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
"That which does not kill you merely postpones the inevitable."
"Wanna know how to get what you want out of life? Keep trying. Its like a game. You can loose the game 2000 times in a row and it doesnt matter. You only have to beat it once, then you can move on to the next one." - Mental
"The dumber people think you are, the more surprised they're going to be when you kill them."
- William Clayton
"Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education."
- Bertrand Russell
"People just keep walking by me like they're safe or something."
"You shall know the truth, and it shall make you odd."
- Flannery O'Connor
"I'm only paranoid because they want me dead."
"Sanity is for the weak." - Darxus, 1996 (any previous references?)
"Sanity is the trademark of a weak mind."
- Mark Harrold
"What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?"
- Ursula K. LeGuin
"This calls for a very special blend of psychology and extreme violence." - Vyvian, The Young Ones (episode: Bambi)
"For most- Rage is a choice... Something to be thought out and judged.
For others- it possesses. It stings the veins. It consumes its host...
For those- it is a gift."
- The Leper King, rec.games.computer.quake.misc, 1996-02-12??
"You possess a mind not merely twisted, but actually sprained."
"...in the beginning, man created god"
"The wise man will look into a grain of sand on a beach and see a world. A foolish one will roll around in the surf and say 'Look! I'm Seaweed Man!'"

- Jack Handy
"'trust and you'll be trusted'
said the liar to the fool"
"Don't hit a man when he's down -- kick him; it's easier."
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."
Don't open your eyes, you won't like what you see
The blind have been blessed with security
- Nine Inch Nails
"You may be recognized soon. Hide."
"Nasrudin walked into a shop one day, and the owner came forward to serve him. Nasrudin said, 'First things first. Did you see me walk into your shop?' 'Of course.' 'Have you ever seen me before?' 'Never.' 'Then how do you know it was me?'"
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" - Mark 8:36, King James Bible
"The Party said that Oceania had never been in alliance with Eurasia. He, Winston Smith, knew that Oceania had been in alliance with Eurasia as short a time as four years ago. But where did that knowledge exist? Only in his own consciousness, which in any case must soon be annihilated. And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed -- if all records told the same tale -- the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past,' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: Who controls the present controls the past.' And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. 'Reality control,' they called it; in Newspeak, 'doublethink.'"

- 1984 by George Orwell
"Winston was dreaming...."
"The girl with dark hair was coming toward him across the field. With what seemed a single movement she tore off her clothes and flung them disdainfully aside. Her body was white and smooth, but it aroused no desire in him; indeed, he barely looked at it. What overwhelmed him in that instant was admiration for the gesture with which she had thrown her clothes aside. With its grace and carelessness it seemed to annihilate a whole culture, a whole system of thought, as though Big Brother and the Party and the Thought Police could all be swept into nothingness by a single splendid movement of the arm. That too was a gesture belonging to the ancient time. Winston woke up with the word 'Shakespeare' on his lips."

- 1984 by George Orwell
"Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light."
"George Washington not only chopped down his father's cherry tree, but he also admitted doing it. Now, do you know why his father didn't punish him? Because George still had the axe in his hand."
"Man is lucky to be ignorant, because if he knew the truth it would either destroy him or drive him mad."

- Stuart Gordan about H. P. Lovecraft's philosophy

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