Posts with tag: quotes

The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but rather the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.

∽ Glenn Gould

We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. But then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings… The name of our beautiful reward isn’t profit. Its name is freedom.

∽ Ursula K. Le Guin

We are learning to do a great many clever things…The next great task will be to learn not to do them.

∽ G.K. Chesterton

I turned on the lights, the TV and the radio
Still, I can’t escape the ghost of you
What has happened to it all?
Crazy, some would say
Where is the life that I recognize?
Gone away

But I won’t cry for yesterday, there’s an ordinary world
Somehow I have to find
And, as I try to make my way to the ordinary world
I will learn to survive

Every World
Is my World

∽ Duran Duran, Ordinary World, 1992
Image of the all-seeing eye.
I’m wise to your shenanigan’s you little globalist you.

What describes the ethos of the QAnon cult better than this passage from Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco?

…luck rewarded us, because, wanting connections, we found connections — always, everywhere, and between everything. The world exploded into a whirling network of kinships, where everything pointed to everything else, everything explained everything else…


Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.

∽ Gustave Mahler (1860-1911)

If you have time to chatter,
Read books.

If you have time to read,
Walk into mountain, desert and ocean.

If you have time to walk,
Sing songs and dance.

If you have time to dance,
Sit quietly, you Happy Lucky Idiot.

—excerpted from How To Live on the Planet Earth: Collected Poems
∽ Nanao Sakaki

Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”

∽ John Lewis

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.

—from Poor Man’s Pudding and Rich Man’s Crumbs 
∽ Herman Melville

Poetry is not a fancy way of giving you information; it’s an incantation. It is actually a magic spell. It changes things; it changes you.

∽ Philip Pullman

Happy 4th of July

Bald Eagle, Kyra Mills, 2020
Bald Eagle, Kyra Mills, 2020

“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild.”

—Stephen King

Thanks to Kyra Mills for sharing her beautiful artwork.


Men who look upon themselves as born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions.

∽ Thomas Paine
Bilbo Baggins
If I understand you correctly…

Regarding my Facebook friends list.

I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

—Bilbo Baggins, Eleventy-first Birthday Speech


He simply wasn’t all there. He wasn’t a complete human being at all. He was a tiny bit of one, unnaturally developed; something in a bottle, an organ kept alive in a laboratory. I thought he was a sort of primitive savage, but he was something absolutely modern and up-to-date that only this ghastly age could produce. A tiny bit of a man pretending he was the whole.

∽ Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

There’s something I should tell you
Before I take your blindfold off
I’ve been twisted and turned
By what I have learned
I’m superdeformed
But my blood is warm

∽ Matthew Sweet

For George Floyd,

How shall Integrity face Oppression? What shall Honesty do in the face of Deception, Decency in the face of Insult, Self-Defense before Blows? How shall Desert and Accomplishment meet Despising, Detraction, and Lies? What shall Virtue do to meet Brute Force? There are so many answers and so contradictory; and such differences for those on the one hand who meet questions similar to this once a year or once a decade, and those who face them hourly and daily.

∽ W.E.B. Du Bois