Wisdoms

I’ve taken great steps to archive and save things I knew I could never remember but thought too precious to lose. Things I wanted to hand down to my children and continue to reflect on throughout my own life. I thought there may be some among my audience who find this of value (If you find this page!) and it was simple enough to copy it over to the internet for your pleasure. For a wise man sees that Ideas rule the world.

Here are some ideas I’ve encountered along the way for you to ponder also:

 

There are things on heaven and earth, Horatios, Man was not meant to know.

~Hamlet

Who could refrain, that had a heart to love, and in that heart, make that love known?

~Macbeth

With the proper consideration in choice of allies, victory may be guaranteed in any conflict.

~B. Arnold

One of the joys of travel is visiting new towns and meeting new people.

~G. Khan

The mind is like a parachute; it functions only when it’s open.

I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

~Thomas Carlye

Life is an unrelenting comedy. Therein lies the tragedy of it.

~Martin Stillwater

Cling to nothing, for everything is impermanent.

~Buddhist Proverb

The term “good” is open to interpretation.

~Xanatos

I’ve fought in denial, and its been such a while, since I’ve had the courage to break a smile.

To thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the
Night the day, thou cans’t not
Then be false to any man.

~Shakespeare

No one ever does anything worthwhile for which is he not criticized.

Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.
~Buddha

Little friends may prove great friends.

~Aesop

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

~Eden Phillpots

The mind in its own place and in itself can make a heaven of hell or a hell of heaven.

~Milton

Life is too short to be little.
~Disraeli

It is better to wear out then to rust out.

An ye harm none, do what ye will.

~Wiccan Rede

As one thinketh in his heart, so is he.

~Prophet David

Great men are those who see that thought rules the world.

~Emerson

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

By the time we are old enough to stop being ashamed of our parents, we have children who are old enough to be shamed.

~Larry King

Music attracts the angels in the universe.
~Bob Dylan

Success is never final and failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.

~Jules Ellinger

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

~Shakespeare

What we must learn to do, is learn by doing.

~Plato

Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.
~Marcus Aurelius

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

~Calvin Coolidge

The universe and all things in it move in only one basic direction – toward decay, collapse, dissolution, and chaos.

~The Law of Entropy

Nothing grows in ice. If we let tradition freeze our minds, new ideas can’t sprout.

Nothing comes merely by thinking about it.
~John Wanamaker

Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
~Ben Franklin

Winning isn’t nearly as important as fighting for what’s right.
~Xanatos

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
~Pat Riley

What is a government’s law when compared to man’s innate morality.
~Xanatos

A fanatic does what he thinks the Lord would do if he knew the facts of the case.
~Finley Peter Dunne

To have that sense of one’s intrinsic worth… is potentially to have everything.
~Joan Didion

Whenever you see darkness, there is extraordinary opportunity for the light to burn brighter.
~Bono

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
~Aristotle

Words are so inadequate, in matters of the heart…
~Xanatos

Shall I call the tree tyrannical, since where it stands nothing survives but itself and it’s highbourne guests?
~Grendel

When one is in the presence of the seemingly impossible, that which is merely unlikely becomes more plausible by contrast.
~Gerald Tarrant, The Prophet

On my honor, I’ll do my best, to take what’s given, and steal the rest.
~The Rogues Code

The surest way to eliminate an enemy is to befriend them.

“Repetition or affirmation of orders to your subconscious mind is the only known method of voluntary development of the emotion of faith.”
~Napolean Hill

Opposition is true friendship.
~William Blade

Carpe Diem – Seize the Day

Carpe Mundum – Seize the World

It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.
~Sally Kempton

Insanity has always been what the ruling culture says it is. In some places, advocating that the earth is round or that it moves about the sun would be absolute evidence of insanity. To be sane is not to be correct, but to fit in with ones dominant cultural patterns.

Blessed is the man who, from the blackest depths, can see the luminous figure of love, and, sing; and singing, say: sweeter far than uttered lays are the thoughts I have of you.

It is the inherent desire of man to please woman, which gives a woman the power to make or break a man.

Common sense is intended for common people.

He that is stricken blind, cannot forget the precious treasure of his eyesight lost.

~Romeo and Juliet

The moving finger writes; and, having writ, moves on: nor all thy piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all thy tears wash out a word of it.

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
~George Bernard Shaw

If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.
~Henry Miller

Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.
~Merry Brown

Let him not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.
~Elrond

One ship sails east, the other west,
Impelled by the self same blow,
It’s the set of the sails and not the gales,
that bids them where to go.

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.
~Arthur Helps

A diplomat is someone who always remembers a woman’s birthday, but never remembers her age.
~Robert Frost

Young love is when you love someone because of what they do right, mature love is when you love someone in spite of what they do wrong.
~Mark Goulston

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
~Napolean Hill

If you love your work, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.
~Thomas Edison

The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn.
~David Russell

Forgiveness is not the misguided act of condoning irresponsible, hurtful behavior. Nor is it a superficial turning of the cheek that leaves us feeling victimized and martyred. Rather it is the finishing of old business that allows us to experience the present, free of contamination from the past.

~Joan Borysenko

Resentment or grudges do no harm to the person agains’t whom you hold these feelings, but every day and every night of your life, they are eating at you.
~Norman Vincent Peale

One of the most lasting pleasures you can experience is the feeling that comes over you when you genuinely forgive an enemy – whether he knows it or not.
~O.A. Battista

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – Life itself.
~Walter Anderson

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.
~J.M. Barrie

“Inside each of us is dark and light. It is our choices that determine our fate.”
~David Smith

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
~Dr. Martin Luther King jr.

Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Theres two theories for arguing with a woman, and neither of em works.
~Will Rogers

A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.
~William J. Bennett

The hurting ones need sympathy, They need to know were there;
a quiet word, a tender touch, assures them that we care.
~D. De Haan

Judge not, that ye be not judged.
~Mathew 7:1

If our body, soul, and spirit
Are to function at their best,
Time is needed for renewal,
Time for leisure, time for rest.
~D. De Haan

The truth is relative anyway, and all that justice represents is the interest of the stronger.
~The Sophists Motto

If I want it, it’s mine.
If I give it to you and change my mind later, it’s mine.
If I can take it away from you, it’s mine.
If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
If it’s mine, it will never belong to anyone else, no matter what.
If we are building something together, all the pieces are mine.
If it looks just like mine, it is mine.
~The Toddler’s Creed

Think not alone of outward form; it’s beauty will depart;
But cultivate the spirits fruits, that grow within the heart.
~D. De Haan

Faith is comforting and doubt disturbing; all faiths, for that matter, are equally comforting, that is what makes philosophers so suspicious of the ultimate truth of any one faith.

The unexamined life is not worth living.
~Socrates’ Motto

Cogito Ergo Sum – I think, therefore I am

We are Microsoft. Resistance is Futile. You will be Assimilated.
~B. Gates

I’m a 9th level cleric to the Goddess of Procrastination.
~Gamer’s saying

For the right person, the impossible is easy!
~Dumbo

Present circumstance should have no impact on a love that’s meant to endure the ages…
~Xanatos

Fighting for peace is like fucking for celibacy.

Opportunity is often missed because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
~Thomas Edison

The only thing I wanted to be when I grew up was yours…

One who knows the enemy and knows himself will not be in danger in a hundred battles.

Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships.
~Sharon Stone

A study shows 90 percent of men inflate the number of their sex partners, whilst the other ten percent inflate their sex partners.
~Craig Kilborn

We make out of quarrel with others, rhetoric, but out of quarrel with ourselves, Poetry.
~W.B. Yeats

It’s fun to be bad, it’s fun to get away with it, and it’s even more fun to get paid for it.

When I look around and see the state that our world is in, I try to imagine how it must have been in the days of antiquity, back when our world was being shaped and molded by the deeds of our ancestors. Sometimes I wonder, if they had known that it would all turn out like this, if they would have bothered to get out of bed at all.
~Balathustrius

As far as I’m concerned, soldiering is the worst way to make a living. It’s a life filled with long stretches of mind-numbing boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror. Yea, that’s how I like to spend my days.
~Balathustrius

To battle agains’t foes that are known is easy. The known enemy can be expected to act as he always has, protect the same things and attack with the same tried and true forces. But the enemy that is unknown presents a real problem. A leader whose motives cannot be understood is likely to attack from a quarter that you didn’t know existed and didn’t have defended.
~Balathustrius

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
~Albert E.

I wanna know how forever feels.

Theres nothing like the morning sun to make one feel hope again.
~Xanatos

Some are born to sweet delight, Some are born to endless Night.
~Riljek

Deep into that darkness peering,
Long I stood there, wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams
No mortal ever dreamed before.

He who fights monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.
~George Orwell

All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
~George Orwell

As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.
~George Orwell

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
~George Orwell

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
~George Orwell

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
~George Orwell

Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.
~George Orwell

‘I cannot make my days longer, so I strive to make them better.”
~Henry David Thoreau

“In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it cost nothing to be a patriot.”

~Mark Twain

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better then the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsel or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen”

~Samuel Adams

For this I was born and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth.

~Jesus Christ

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
-Einstein

“The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”
– Allan K. Chalmers

I have sworn on the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

~Thomas Jefferson

If you want a picture of the future,
imagine a boot stamping on a human face-forever.

~George Orwell

“Deep in my heart I’m concealing things that I’m longing to say. Scared to confess what I’m feeling – frightened you’ll slip away.”

“Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?”

We are afraid to care to much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.

“If only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world.”

“Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.”
~Henry David Thoreau

There is no remedy for love but to love more.

~Henry David Thoreau

You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.

~ Sam Keen

’Maybe I’ve gone far too deep
Maybe I’m just far too weak
And that’s the last place I want to be
And there is so much we dont know
So we love and we hope that it holds.

Because i’ve seen love die
way too many times
when it deserved to be alive.

What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

“What if a demon were to creep after you one night, in your loneliest loneliness, and say, ‘This life which you live must be lived by you once again and innumerable times more; and every pain and joy and thought and sigh must come again to you, all in the same sequence. The eternal hourglass will again and again be turned and you with it, dust of the dust!’ Would you throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse that demon? Or would you answer, ‘Never have I heard anything more divine’?”

~Friedrich Nietzsche

Beauty without intelligence is a masterpiece printed on a napkin

‘The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it, Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden itself’ ‘Oscar Wilde

Suffering only enhances what it does not destroy…
~Xanatos

After bob marley was shot 2 days before his scheduled concert in his home, and still made it to sing that day, they asked him why…his response was “The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?”
— Bob Marley

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison . . . the only house in a slave-state in which a free man can abide with honor. If any think that their influence would be lost there, and their voices no longer afflict the ear of the State, that they would not be as an enemy within its walls, they do not know by how much truth is stronger than error, nor how much more eloquently and effectively he can combat injustice who has experienced a little in his own person. Cast your whole vote, not a strip of paper merely, but your whole influence. A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight. If the alternative is to keep all just men in prison, or give up war and slavery, the State will not hesitate which to choose. If a thousand men were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible.
~Henry David Thoreau

It is important to remember that government interference always means either violent action or the threat of such action. Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen. The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Ludwig von Mises

Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.
Frederic Bastiat

I can see what you see not,
Vision milky then eyes rot.
When you turn they will be gone,
Whispering their hidden song.
Then you see what cannot be,
Shadows move where light should be.
Out of darkness, out of mind,
Cast down into the halls of the blind

Patience is a virtue, but you can wait your life away.
~Xanatos

1. First, it is ridiculed.
2. Second, it is violently opposed.
3. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860)

“Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Lama

Nature, with equal mind, sees all her sons at play;
Sees man control the wind…sees the wind sweep man away.
— Matthew Arnold

Give me a spark of Nature’s fire,
That’s all the learning I desire.
— Robert Burns

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

~j. krishnamurti

none are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

~johann wolfgang von goethe – 1749-1832

There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.
John Adams – 1735-1826

“Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ Vanity asks the question – is it popular? But conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but because conscience tells one, it is right.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Everybody asks why I started at the end and worked back to the beginning. The reason is simple. I couldn’t understand the beginning until I had reached the end.”

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love.”
by Washington Irving

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”
~Henry David Thoreau
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity…
~Henry David Thoreau

If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. — Mark Twain

A trial without a defense is a sham
Business without competition is a monopoly
Science without debate is propaganda
— Joanne Nova

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
–Helen Keller

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

~William Shakespeare

What we must learn to do, is learn by doing.

~Plato

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”
~ (John) Calvin Coolidge

People say faith can move mountains, although they rarely understand the concept. Faith can do amazing things, it can give meaning, hope, and purpose to lives. But what happens to those whose belief is in their own dark fates, who’ve forgotten how to hope?

~Xanatos, Master of Shadows

In a world where self-interest governs all, and change is part of human nature, how can anything be expected to last?

~Xanatos, Master of Shadows

Love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. If you don’t start with that, what are you going to end up with? Fall head over heels. I say find someone you can love like crazy and who’ll love you the same way back. And how do you find him? Forget your head and listen to your heart… Run the risk, if you get hurt, you’ll come back. Because, the truth is there is no sense living your life without this. To make the journal and not fall deeply in love – well, you haven’t lived a life at all. You have to try. Because if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived.

~Meet Joe Black

And what there is to conquer by strength and submission, has already been discovered Once or twice, or several times, by men whom one cannot hope to Emulate–but there is no competititon–there is only the fight to recover what has been lost and found and lost again and again: and now, under conditions that seem unpropitious. But perhaps neither gain nor loss. For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.

~T.S. Elliot

A free society is a place where its safe to be unpopular.
~ Adlai Stevenson

Hierarchical institutions are like giant bulldozers – obedient to the whim of any fool who takes the controls.
~Edward Abbey

A man who cannot reason is a fool, a man who will not reason is a bigot, and a man who dare not reason is a slave.
~William Drummond

I know not with what weapons world war III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
~Albert Einstein

The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them.
~Mark Twain

If people behaved like governments, you’d call the cops.
~Kelvin Throop

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
~Albert Einstein

True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.
~Clarence Darrow

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
~Benjamin Franklin

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
~P.J. O’Rourke

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
~Ralph Nader

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.

Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.
~Mark Twain

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
~Samuel Butler

You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.

Sanity is the trademark of a weak mind.
~Mark Harrold

There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damn lies, and statistics.
~Disraeli

Experience is the worst teacher. It always gives the test first and the instruction afterward.

Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessaries.
~Samuel Clemens

Nothing incites to money-crimes like great poverty or great wealth.
~Samuel Clemens

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
~Samuel Clemens

I never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.’ And God granted it.
~Voltaire

Love truth, but pardon error.
~Voltaire

There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.
~Voltaire

Common sense is not so common.
Voltaire

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
~Napolean Boneparte

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
~Albert Einstein

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
~Albert Einstein

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
~Napolean Boneparte

How wrong is it for a woman to expect a man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?
~Anais Nin

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
~Albert Einstein

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
~Jimi Hendrix?

A witty saying proves nothing.
~Voltaire

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
~Albert Einstein

Men have become the tools of their tools.
~Henry David Thoraeu

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
Samuel Clemens

Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
~Voltaire

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
~Voltaire

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.
~Voltaire

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
~Carl Gustav Jung

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
~Albert Einstein

Absence is to love as wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small and kindles the great.

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

Admiration for a quality or an art can be so strong that it deters us from striving to possess it.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.
Friedrich Nietzsche

All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses.
Friedrich Nietzsche

All sciences are now under the obligation to prepare the ground for the future task of the philosopher, which is to solve the problem of value, to determine the true hierarchy of values.
Friedrich Nietzsche

All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.
Friedrich Nietzsche

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Behind all their personal vanity, women themselves always have an impersonal contempt for woman.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than by those one has had.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Do whatever you will, but first be such as are able to will.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Egoism is the very essence of a noble soul.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Every church is a stone on the grave of a god-man: it does not want him to rise up again under any circumstances.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Every man is a creative cause of what happens, a primum mobile with an original movement.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Faith: not wanting to know what is true.
Friedrich Nietzsche

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
Friedrich Nietzsche

I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.
Friedrich Nietzsche

I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.
Friedrich Nietzsche

I still live, I still think: I still have to live, for I still have to think.
Friedrich Nietzsche

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
Friedrich Nietzsche

In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.
Friedrich Nietzsche

In music the passions enjoy themselves.
Friedrich Nietzsche

It is always consoling to think of suicide: in that way one gets through many a bad night.
Friedrich Nietzsche

It is good to express a thing twice right at the outset and so to give it a right foot and also a left one. Truth can surely stand on one leg, but with two it will be able to walk and get around.
Friedrich Nietzsche

It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge.
Friedrich Nietzsche

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.
Friedrich Nietzsche

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
Friedrich Nietzsche

It is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, that the lover of knowledge is reluctant to step into its waters.
Friedrich Nietzsche

It says nothing against the ripeness of a spirit that it has a few worms.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Mystical explanations are thought to be deep; the truth is that they are not even shallow.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Necessity is not an established fact, but an interpretation.
Friedrich Nietzsche

No one lies so boldly as the man who is indignant.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Not necessity, not desire – no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything – health, food, a place to live, entertainment – they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood.
Friedrich Nietzsche

On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
Friedrich Nietzsche

One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Regarding life, the wisest men of all ages have judged alike: it is worthless.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Some are made modest by great praise, others insolent.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.
Friedrich Nietzsche

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The demand to be loved is the greatest of all arrogant presumptions.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The desire to annoy no one, to harm no one, can equally well be the sign of a just as of an anxious disposition.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The doer alone learneth.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The future influences the present just as much as the past.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
Friedrich Nietzsche

There cannot be a God because if there were one, I could not believe that I was not He.
Friedrich Nietzsche

There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings.
Friedrich Nietzsche

There is not enough religion in the world even to destroy religion.
Friedrich Nietzsche

That little hypocrites and half-crazed people dare to imagine that on their account the laws of nature are constantly broken—such an enhancement of every kind of selfishness to infinity, to impudence, cannot be branded with sufficient contempt. And yet Christianity owes its triumph to this pitiable flattery of personal vanity.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
~Margaret Mead

“Parting is all we know of heaven, and all we need of hell.”
~Emily Dickinson

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
Henry David Thoreau

Be not simply good – be good for something.
Henry David Thoreau

“Beware of the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry, [who] infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How will I know? For this I have done. And I am Julius Caesar.”

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

It would be wrong to believe that working people fail to revolt because they lack information about the mechanisms of economic exploitation. In fact, revolutionary propaganda which seeks to explain to the masses the social injustice and irrationality of the economic system falls on deaf ears. Those who get up at five in the morning to work in a factory, and have on top of it to spend two hours of every day on underground or suburban trains, have to adapt to these conditions by eliminating from their minds anything that might put such conditions in question again. If they realized that they were wasting their lives in the service of an absurd system they would either go mad or commit suicide.
Michel Cattier’s biography of Wilhelm Reich, La Vie et l’Oeuvre du Docteur Wilhelm Reich

“If a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers,
mankind would be appalled at the disclosures.” – Alfred Korzybski

“It doesn’t take a majority to win, just a tireless minority that will keep
starting brush fires in the mind and hearts of their fellow men.”

Samuel Adams

“An extraterrestrial visitor examining the differences among human societies would find those differences trivial compared to the similarities.

Our lives, our past and our future are tied to the sun, the moon and the stars…We humans have seen the atoms which constitute all of nature and the forces that sculpted this work… and we, who embody the local eyes and ears and thoughts and feelings of the cosmos, have begun to wonder about our origins…star stuff contemplating the stars, organized collections of ten billion billion billion atoms, contemplating the evolution of nature, tracing that long path by which it arrived at consciousness here on the planet earth…Our loyalties are to the species and to the planet. Our obligation to survive and flourish is owed not just to ourselves but also to that cosmos ancient and vast from which we spring.

We are one species. We are star stuff harvesting star light.”

~Carl Sagan 1934-1996
“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” – Oscar Wild
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ said Alice. ‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the cat. ‘We’re all mad here.” – Lewis Carroll

“Just look at us. Everything is backwards; everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroy information and religions destroy spirituality.” – Michael Ellner

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Ghandi

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you will never walk alone. People, even more than things have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed. Never throw out anyone.” – Audrey Hepburn

“America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.” – Oscar Wilde

“They say dreaming is dead, no one does it anymore. It’s not dead it’s just that it’s been forgotten, removed from our language. Nobody teaches it so nobody knows it exists. The dreamer is banished to obscurity. Well, I’m trying to change all that, and I hope you are too. By dreaming, every day. Dreaming with our hands and dreaming with our minds. Our planet is facing the greatest problems it’s ever faced, ever. So whatever you do, don’t be bored, this is absolutely the most exciting time we could have possibly hoped to be alive. And things are just starting!” – Waking Life

“I am still learning.” – Michelangelo

“I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.” – Edith Cavell

“Beyond a doubt, truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness.”

~Leonardo Da Vinci

the history of the world my love, is those below serving those up above…
how gratifying for ones who know, that those above will serve those down
below…
~Sweeney Todd

What is our passion? our cares, our concerns, our wants and desires, when
measured agains’t the need of our fellow man – Should we elevate our base
desires or focus our energy on elevating our brothers and sisters in this
world.

~Xanatos

to be self aware is to understand how everything we do sends ripples through
reality, every thought, every action, every impulse. We are creating the
future.
~Xanatos

“Passion, it lies in all of us, sleeping… waiting… and though unwanted… unbidden… it will stir… open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us… guides us… passion rules us all, and we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love… the clarity of hatred… and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion maybe we’d know some kind of peace… but we would be hollow… Empty rooms shuttered and dank. Without passion we’d be truly dead.”

~joss whedon

Being retired, he has much time for books. He studies
them from morn to night and often through the
night as well. And all he reads oppresses him…
fills him with indignation at man’s murderous
ways toward man. And he conceives the strangest
project ever imagined… to become a knight-errant
and sally forth into the world to right all
wrongs.
~Man of la Mancha – a play

Lyrics by Joe Darion
In this song, Quixote explains his quest and the reasons behind it … in doing so,
he captures the essence of the play and its philosophical underpinnings.
(For me, it is absolutely magical.)

To dream … the impossible dream …
To fight … the unbeatable foe …
To bear … with unbearable sorrow …
To run … where the brave dare not go …
To right … the unrightable wrong …
To love … pure and chaste from afar …
To try … when your arms are too weary …
To reach … the unreachable star …

This is my quest, to follow that star …
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far …
To fight for the right, without question or pause …
To be willing to march into Hell, for a Heavenly cause …

And I know if I’ll only be true, to this glorious quest,
That my heart will lie will lie peaceful and calm,
when I’m laid to my rest …
And the world will be better for this:
That one man, scorned and covered with scars,
Still strove, with his last ounce of courage,
To reach … the unreachable star …

~Man of la Mancha

All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity.”
~James Fenimore Cooper

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Robert Frost

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan- like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion. For most men, it appears to me, are in a strange uncertainty about it, whether it is of the devil or of God, and have somewhat hastily concluded that it is the chief end of man here to “glorify God and enjoy him forever.”

~Thoreau – Walden

Concience is just a polite term for cowardice…
the only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
be searching always for new sensations.
Those who go beneath the surface, do so at their peril.

“The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.”
– Aldous Huxley

I have three phobias which, could I mute them, would make my life as slick as a sonnet, but as dull as ditch water – I hate to go to bed, I hate to get up, and I hate to be alone.

“Yes, very sensible… People die of common sense, Dorian, one lost moment at a time. Life is a moment. There is no hereafter. So make it burn always with the hardest flame.”

― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, Eleonora

“I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia

“We loved with a love that was more than love.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door —
Only this, and nothing more.”

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; — vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow — sorrow for the lost Lenore —
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore —
Nameless here for evermore.

And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me — filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating,
Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door —
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door; —
This it is, and nothing more.”

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
Sir,” said I, “or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you”— here I opened wide the door; —
Darkness there, and nothing more.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, “Lenore?”
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “Lenore!” —
Merely this, and nothing more.

Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
Surely,” said I, “surely that is something at my window lattice:
Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore —
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore; —
‘Tis the wind and nothing more.”

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore;
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door —
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door —
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore.
Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,” I said, “art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the Nightly shore —
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!”
Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

Much I marveled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning— little relevancy bore;
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blest with seeing bird above his chamber door —
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as “Nevermore.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

“There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“From childhood’s hour I have not been. As others were, I have not seen. As others saw, I could not awaken. My heart to joy at the same tone. And all I loved, I loved alone.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“Years of love have been forgot, In the hatred of a minute.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, Complete Stories and Poems

“Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, Complete Tales and Poems

“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“Sometimes I’m terrified of my heart; of its constant hunger for whatever it is it wants. The way it stops and starts.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.”
― Edgar Allan Poe
tags: age, dark, dreaming, dreams, future, inspirational, past, time

“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active – not more happy – nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“The best things in life make you sweaty.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“Deep in earth my love is lying
And I must weep alone.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“Invisible things are the only realities.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, Loss of Breath

“Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“I felt that I breathed an atmosphere of sorrow.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“There are some secrets which do not permit themselves to be told.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“The true genius shudders at incompleteness — imperfection — and usually prefers silence to saying the something which is not everything that should be said.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia

“The past is a pebble in my shoe.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“I dread the events of the future, not in themselves but in their results.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“Now this is the point. You fancy me a mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded…”
― Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

“There are moments when even to the sober eye of reason, the world of our sad humanity may assume the semblance of Hell. ”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“And all I loved, I loved alone.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“And so being young and dipped in folly I fell in love with melancholy.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“Every moment of the night
Forever changing places
And they put out the star-light
With the breath from their pale faces”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“Yet mad I am not…and very surely do I not dream.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, The Black Cat

“I intend to put up with nothing that I can put down.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“That which you mistake for madness is but an overacuteness of the senses.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“There are chords in the hearts of the most reckless which cannot be touched without emotion.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, The Masque of the Red Death

“Convinced myself, I seek not to convince.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

“One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn’t have to understand something to feel it. By the time the mind is able to comprehend what has happened, the wounds of the heart are already too deep.”

“And then I went out to the ocean. Do you know what it was like? The waves broke, and each time they did, as they slapped against the sand, I could feel it all through my body. And each time they broke, and each time they thudded down, they said, you have only one life, you have only one life.”
“There’s something about rushing water that I can watch for hours and feel as if I need to do nothing more. It’s alive in a way that’s greater than any description of it…”
Lord, protect me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies. – Voltaire
Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin. Among the great number who are not good. – The prince, niccolo machiavelli
men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure. -Tacitus

“He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.”
― Bob Marley

“A part of you has grown in me. And so you see,it’s you and me together forever and never apart,maybe in distance,but never in heart.” – Unknown

“Distance is not for the fearful,it is for the bold. It’s for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It’s for those knowing a good thing when they see it,even if they don’t see it nearly enough…”

“Though the miles between us are many, the heart is a bridge that can span the largest oceans. Thus, we shall always be close, as long as we are in each other’s hearts.”

“Before I sleep and after I wake up and all the hours in between … you occupy my mind. So, practically every moment of the day you are in my thoughts. I miss you.”

– Unknown

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson
about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.”

“One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

“The other is Good – It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

“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.”

-Buddha

“Do not fall in love with people like me. I will take you to museums, and parks, and monuments, and kiss you in every beautiful place, so that you can never go back to them without tasting me like blood in your mouth.I will destroy you in the most beautiful way possible. And when I leave you will finally understand, why storms are named after people.”
— Caitlyn Siehl

“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”
Edmund Burke

“Life is a question of nerves, and fibres, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams. You may fancy yourself safe and think yourself strong. But a chance tone of colour in a room or a morning sky, a particular perfume that you had once loved and that brings subtle memories with it, a line from a forgotten poem that you had come across again, a cadence from a piece of music that you had ceased to play… I tell you, that it is on things like these that our lives depend. ”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.” – H. L. Mencken

“I beg for nothing, I humble myself for no one, I would sooner be alone than blissfully pathetic, I would sooner die on my feet, than live on my knees, and if it’s my fate to dwell alone in the dark, I will shine as brightly as I can to spite that darkness.”

’Maybe I’ve gone far too deep
Maybe I’m just far too weak
And that’s the last place I want to be
And there is so much we dont know
So we love and we hope that it holds.

Because i’ve seen love die
way too many times
when it deserved to be alive.

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep-while I weep!
O God! Can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O god! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

I was a muse of the poets
The hark of love achieved
In a world that forgot
Be it known I believed…

Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver, and one is gold.

In a world where self-interest governs all, and change is part of human nature, how can anything be expected to last?

~Xanatos

People say faith can move mountains, although they rarely understand the concept. Faith can do amazing things, it can give meaning, hope, and purpose to lives. But what happens to those whose belief is in their own dark fates, who’ve forgotten how to hope?
~Xanatos

Love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. If you don’t start with that, what are you going to end up with? Fall head over heels. I say find someone you can love like crazy and who’ll love you the same way back. And how do you find him? Forget your head and listen to your heart… Run the risk, if you get hurt, you’ll come back. Because, the truth is there is no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love – well, you haven’t lived a life at all. You have to try. Because if you haven’t tried, You haven’t lived.

~Meet Joe Black

There are things on heaven and earth, Horatios, Man was not meant to know.

~Hamlet

Who could refrain, that had a heart to love, and in that heart, make that love known?

~Macbeth

With the proper consideration in choice of allies, victory may be guaranteed in any conflict.

~B. Arnold

One of the joys of travel is visiting new towns and meeting new people.

~G. Khan

The mind is like a parachute; it functions only when it’s open.

I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

~Thomas Carlye

Life is an unrelenting comedy. Therein lies the tragedy of it.

~Martin Stillwater

Cling to nothing, for everything is impermanent.

~Buddhist Proverb

The term “good” is open to interpretation.

~Xanatos

I’ve fought in denial, and its been such a while, since I’ve had the courage to break a smile.

Through dying suns and midnights grim,
And treachery, and faith gone dim,
Whatever dark the world may send,
Still lovers meet at journey’s end.

From Innocence and long lost love,
He passed these darkest roads.
A perfect dream sent from above,
Strengthened him for these loads.
Reminders of the one he lost,
Memories of light and hope.
Him, eternally, they accost,
Can he ever learn to cope…?

~Xanatos

The magic of youth and hope
For things there cannot be,
Fought so very long and hard
Fought inside of me,
But time, it seems, is not un-ending
Though my love for her is never-bending.

~Xanatos

Sing Hey! for the bath at the close of day
That washes the weary mud away!
A loon is he that will not sing:
O! Water hot is a noble thing!
O! sweet is the sound of falling rain,
And the brook that leaps from hill to plain;
But better than rain of rippling steams.
O! water cold we may pour at need
Down a thirsty throat and be glad indeed;
But better is beer if drink we lack,
And water hot poured down the back.
O! Water is fair that leaps on high
In a fountain white beneath the sky;
But never did fountain sound so sweet
As splashing hot water with my feet!

~J.R.R. Tolkien

I swore an oath to always care,
I swore an oath to never fail,
I swore to find her one day soon,
I swore to tell her I love you.
I hoped to find my childhood dreams,
I didn’t hope enough, it seems.

~Xanatos

The road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the road has gone,
And I must follow if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way,
Where many paths and errands meet,
And wither then? I cannot say.

~J.R.R. Tolkien

The road goes ever on and on
Out from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the road has gone,
Let others follow it who can!
Let them a journey new begin,
But I at last with weary feet
Will turn towards the lighted inn,
My evening rest and sleep to meet.

~J.R.R. Tolkien

I bargained with life for a penny,
And life would say no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store.
For life is just employer,
He gives you what you ask.
But once you set the wages,
Why; you must bear the task.
I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I asked of life,
Life would have willingly paid.

She was my moon, and stars,
She was my unhealing scars,
But even as I confessed these things,
My dying heart, and broken dreams…
I met silence in return
Dooming the last of my innocence to burn.

~Xanatos

I sit beside the fire and think
Of all that I have seen,
Of meadow-flowers and butterflies
In summers that have been;
Of yellow leaves and gossamer
In autumns that there were,
With morning mist and silver sun
And wind upon my hair.
I sit beside the fire and think
Of how the world will be
When winter comes without a spring
That I shall ever see.
For still there are so many things
That I have never seen:
In every wood in every spring
There is a different green.
I sit beside the fire and think
Of people long ago,
And people who will see a world
That I shall never know
But all the while I sit and think
Of times there were before,
I listen for returning feet
And voices at the door.

~J.R.R. Tolkien

One bright day in the middle of the night
Two dead men rose to fight
Back to back they stood together,
Drew their swords, and shot each other,
Don’t believe this stories true?
Ask the blind man, he saw it too.

Yes, Yes my friends
Fight all you can
War with your brothers
Kill all the land.
For when you are through
And no one is left
You’ll then see the truth:
You’ve brought only Death.

~Xanatos

To thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the
Night the day, thou cans’t not
Then be false to any man.

~Shakespeare

No one ever does anything worthwhile for which is he not criticized.

Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.
~Buddha

Little friends may prove great friends.

~Aesop

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

~Eden Phillpots

The mind in its own place and in itself can make a heaven of hell or a hell of heaven.

~Milton

Life is too short to be little.
~Disraeli

It is better to wear out then to rust out.

An ye harm none, do what ye will.

~Wiccan Rede

As one thinketh in his heart, so is he.

~Prophet David

Great men are those who see that thought rules the world.

~Emerson

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

By the time we are old enough to stop being ashamed of our parents, we have children who are old enough to be shamed.

~Larry King

Music attracts the angels in the universe.
~Bob Dylan

Success is never final and failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.

~Jules Ellinger

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

~Shakespeare

What we must learn to do, is learn by doing.
~Plato

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

~Calvin Coolidge

The universe and all things in it move in only one basic direction – toward decay, collapse, dissolution, and chaos.

~The Law of Entropy

Nothing grows in ice. If we let tradition freeze our minds, new ideas can’t sprout.

Nothing comes merely by thinking about it.
~John Wanamaker

Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
~Ben Franklin

Winning isn’t nearly as important as fighting for what’s right.
~Xanatos

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
~Pat Riley

What is a government’s law when compared to man’s innate morality.

A fanatic does what he thinks the Lord would do if he knew the facts of the case.
~Finley Peter Dunne

To have that sense of one’s intrinsic worth… is potentially to have everything.
~Joan Didion

Whenever you see darkness, there is extraordinary opportunity for the light to burn brighter.
~Bono

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
~Aristotle

Words are so inadequate, in matters of the heart…
~Xanatos

Shall I call the tree tyrannical, since where it stands nothing survives but itself and it’s highbourne guests?
~Grendel

When one is in the presence of the seemingly impossible, that which is merely unlikely becomes more plausible by contrast.
~Gerald Tarrant, The Prophet

On my honor, I’ll do my best, to take what’s given, and steal the rest.
~The Rogues Code

The surest way to eliminate an enemy is to befriend them.

I am lost hopes
A memory of past delight
Appreciation of beauty
An innocent’s heart
The depths of sorrow
A dying lover’s farewell-
A shadow
Regret am I.
~Xanatos

“Repetition or affirmation of orders to your subconscious mind is the only known method of voluntary development of the emotion of faith.”
~Napolean Hill

Opposition is true friendship.
~William Blade

Carpe Diem – Seize the Day

Carpe Mundum – Seize the World

It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.
~Sally Kempton

Insanity has always been what the ruling culture says it is. In some places, advocating that the earth is round or that it moves about the sun would be absolute evidence of insanity. To be sane is not to be correct, but to fit in with ones dominant cultural patterns.

Blessed is the man who, from the blackest depths, can see the luminous figure of love, and, sing; and singing, say: sweeter far than uttered lays are the thoughts I have of you.

It is the inherent desire of man to please woman, which gives a woman the power to make or break a man.

Common sense is intended for common people.

Above all shadows rides the sun
And stars for ever dwell:
I will not say the day is gone,
Nor bid the stars farewell.
~J.R.R. Tolkien

He that is stricken blind, cannot forget the precious treasure of his eyesight lost.

~Romeo and Juliet

The moving finger writes; and, having writ, moves on: nor all thy piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all thy tears wash out a word of it.

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
~George Bernard Shaw

If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.
~Henry Miller

Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.
~Merry Brown

Let him not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.
~Elrond

One ship sails east, the other west,
Impelled by the self same blow,
It’s the set of the sails and not the gales, that bids them where to go.

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.
~Arthur Helps

A diplomat is someone who always remembers a woman’s birthday, but never remembers her age.
~Robert Frost

Young love is when you love someone because of what they do right, mature love is when you love someone in spite of what they do wrong.
~Mark Goulston

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
~Napolean Hill

If you love your work, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.
~Thomas Edison

The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn.
~David Russell

Forgiveness is not the misguided act of condoning irresponsible, hurtful behavior. Nor is it a superficial turning of the cheek that leaves us feeling victimized and martyred. Rather it is the finishing of old business that allows us to experience the present, free of contamination from the past.

~Joan Borysenko

Resentment or grudges do no harm to the person agains’t whom you hold these feelings, but every day and every night of your life, they are eating at you.
~Norman Vincent Peale

One of the most lasting pleasures you can experience is the feeling that comes over you when you genuinely forgive an enemy – whether he knows it or not.
~O.A. Battista

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – Life itself.
~Walter Anderson

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.
~J.M. Barrie

“Inside each of us is dark and light. It is our choices that determine our fate.”
~David Smith

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
~Dr. Martin Luther King jr.

Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Theres two theories for arguing with a woman, and neither of em works.
~Will Rogers

I am the distance between betrayal and recognition, the lovers heartbreak, love lost but not forgotten. Soul devouring despair haunted by memories of better times. Innocence shattered, the lovely shards cut me still, sharp as summer days, thinking of her. Always bleeding, longing for oblivion, absolution to this torment, yet I cannot release the pain. Only in the darkness can I still glimpse the light.
~Xanatos

A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.
~William J. Bennett

The hurting ones need sympathy, They need to know were there;
a quiet word, a tender touch, assures them that we care.
~D. De Haan

Judge not, that ye be not judged.
~Mathew 7:1

If our body, soul, and spirit
Are to function at their best,
Time is needed for renewal,
Time for leisure, time for rest.
~D. De Haan

The truth is relative anyway, and all that justice represents is the interest of the stronger.
~The Sophists Motto

If I want it, it’s mine.
If I give it to you and change my mind later, it’s mine.
If I can take it away from you, it’s mine.
If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
If it’s mine, it will never belong to anyone else, no matter what.
If we are building something together, all the pieces are mine.
If it looks just like mine, it is mine.
~The Toddler’s Creed

Think not alone of outward form; it’s beauty will depart;
But cultivate the spirits fruits, that grow within the heart.
~D. De Haan

Faith is comforting and doubt disturbing; all faiths, for that matter, are equally comforting, that is what makes philosophers so suspicious of the ultimate truth of any one faith.

The unexamined life is not worth living.
~Socrates’ Motto

Cogito Ergo Sum – I think, therefore I am

We are Microsoft. Resistance is Futile. You will be Assimilated.
~B. Gates

I’m a 9th level cleric to the Goddess of Procrastination.
~Gamer’s saying

For the right person, the impossible is easy!
~Dumbo

A hopeless romantic thats me I would say
Lost in my thoughts of happier days
Ignoring the world that goes on around
Head in the sky and feet on the ground
Wishing and hoping for only the best
Even when true love is put to the test
Trying to work all drama out
In order to make our relationship stout
Love and affection is all that I give
And ask nothing, but only to live
With you by my side if your love is true
I’ll hold your hand ’till death’s breath comes through
And takes away all joy from my heart

But leaves only this cruel part
A lie to say that I’m still alive
While my heart still beats its for death that I strive
To be with you again forever
And not let death’s cold hands sever
A special bond that we share
All because we love and care
So its for you my dear that I write these lines
And hope that they find you somewhere in time
For you to run away from your lover
And give up yourself to another
Don’t think me cocky, arrogant or vain
But a hopeless romantic with nothing to gain.

Shall I forget thee?
Can it be done?
These questions come to me–must come.

Will heartbeat cease?
Sometime it must.
Will breath decrease,
And all else turn to dust?

Then I’ll forget thee,
Nay, not then,
For memory will be more clear,
Yes, it will grow year by year,
And we shall be so near, so near,
When life on earth is over.

O, time
Be kind
Help this weary being
To forget what is sad to remember
Loose my loneliness,
Ease my mind,
While you eat my flesh.

Present circumstance should have no impact on a love that’s meant to endure the ages…
~Xanatos

Fighting for peace is like fucking for celibacy.

Opportunity is often missed because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
~Thomas Edison

I could speak of a thousand promises or even bet my very soul,
the rest of my life, I’ll be touched with a feeling no one can control.
Fate, destiny or magic may be the reason we met,
But all I know is days with you I never will forget.
Until the day I found you I never knew a love so true,
But from today until eternity I swear I’ll be loving you!

The only thing I wanted to be when I grew up was yours…

One who knows the enemy and knows himself will not be in danger in a hundred battles.

Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships.
~Sharon Stone

A study shows 90 percent of men inflate the number of their sex partners, whilst the other ten percent inflate their sex partners.
~Craig Kilborn

I catch a brief reflection of what you could and might have been.
~Passive – a perfect circle

We make out of quarrel with others, rhetoric, but out of quarrel with ourselves, Poetry.
~W.B. Yeats

It’s fun to be bad, it’s fun to get away with it, and it’s even more fun to get paid for it.

When I look around and see the state that our world is in, I try to imagine how it must have been in the days of antiquity, back when our world was being shaped and molded by the deeds of our ancestors. Sometimes I wonder, if they had known that it would all turn out like this, if they would have bothered to get out of bed at all.
~Balathustrius

As far as I’m concerned, soldiering is the worst way to make a living. It’s a life filled with long stretches of mind-numbing boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror. Yea, that’s how I like to spend my days.
~Balathustrius

To battle agains’t foes that are known is easy. The known enemy can be expected to act as he always has, protect the same things and attack with the same tried and true forces. But the enemy that is unknown presents a real problem. A leader whose motives cannot be understood is likely to attack from a quarter that you didn’t know existed and didn’t have defended.
~Balathustrius

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
~Albert E.

I wanna know how forever feels.

Some are born to sweet delight, Some are born to endless Night.
~Riljek

Deep into that darkness peering,
Long I stood there, wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams
No mortal ever dreamed before.

He who fights monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.
~George Orwell

All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
~George Orwell

As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.
~George Orwell

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
~George Orwell

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
~George Orwell

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
~George Orwell

Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.
~George Orwell

‘I cannot make my days longer, so I strive to make them better.”
~Henry David Thoreau

“In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it cost nothing to be a patriot.”

~Mark Twain

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better then the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsel or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen”

~Samuel Adams

For this I was born and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth.

~Jesus Christ

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
-Einstein

“The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”
– Allan K. Chalmers

I have sworn on the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

~Thomas Jefferson

If you want a picture of the future,
imagine a boot stamping on a human face-forever.

~George Orwell

“Deep in my heart I’m concealing things that I’m longing to say. Scared to confess what I’m feeling – frightened you’ll slip away.”

“Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?”

We are afraid to care to much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.

“If only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world.”

“Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.”
~Henry David Thoreau

There is no remedy for love but to love more.

~Henry David Thoreau

You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.

~ Sam Keen

What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

“What if a demon were to creep after you one night, in your loneliest loneliness, and say, ‘This life which you live must be lived by you once again and innumerable times more; and every pain and joy and thought and sigh must come again to you, all in the same sequence. The eternal hourglass will again and again be turned and you with it, dust of the dust!’ Would you throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse that demon? Or would you answer, ‘Never have I heard anything more divine’?”

~Friedrich Nietzsche

Beauty without intelligence is a masterpiece printed on a napkin

‘The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it, Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden itself’ ‘
~Oscar Wilde

Suffering only enhances what it does not destroy…
~Xanatos

After bob marley was shot 2 days before his scheduled concert in his home, and still made it to sing that day, they asked him why…his response was “The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?”
— Bob Marley

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison . . . the only house in a slave-state in which a free man can abide with honor. If any think that their influence would be lost there, and their voices no longer afflict the ear of the State, that they would not be as an enemy within its walls, they do not know by how much truth is stronger than error, nor how much more eloquently and effectively he can combat injustice who has experienced a little in his own person. Cast your whole vote, not a strip of paper merely, but your whole influence. A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight. If the alternative is to keep all just men in prison, or give up war and slavery, the State will not hesitate which to choose. If a thousand men were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible.
~Henry David Thoreau

It is important to remember that government interference always means either violent action or the threat of such action. Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen. The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Ludwig von Mises

Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.
Frederic Bastiat

I can see what you see not,
Vision milky then eyes rot.
When you turn they will be gone,
Whispering their hidden song.
Then you see what cannot be,
Shadows move where light should be.
Out of darkness, out of mind,
Cast down into the halls of the blind

1. First, it is ridiculed.
2. Second, it is violently opposed.
3. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860)

“Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Lama

Nature, with equal mind, sees all her sons at play;
Sees man control the wind…sees the wind sweep man away.
— Matthew Arnold

Give me a spark of Nature’s fire,
That’s all the learning I desire.
— Robert Burns

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

~j. krishnamurti

none are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

~johann wolfgang von goethe – 1749-1832

There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.
John Adams – 1735-1826

“Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ Vanity asks the question – is it popular? But conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but because conscience tells one, it is right.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Everybody asks why I started at the end and worked back to the beginning. The reason is simple. I couldn’t understand the beginning until I had reached the end.”

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love.”
by Washington Irving

“In America, anyone can become president. That’s the problem.”

“Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.”

“Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.”

“Conservatives say if you don’t give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they’ve lost all incentive because we’ve given them too much money.”

“Have you ever wondered why Republicans are so interested in encouraging people to volunteer in their communities? It’s because volunteers work for no pay. Republicans have been trying to get people to work for no pay for a long time.”

“Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren’t they? They’re all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you’re born, you’re on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don’t want to know about you. They don’t want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you’re preborn, you’re fine; if you’re preschool, you’re f**ked.”

“Once you leave the womb, conservatives don’t care about you until you reach military age. Then you’re just what they’re looking for. Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers.”

“The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post ‘Thou shalt not steal,’ ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery,’ and ‘Thou shalt not lie’ in a building full of lawyers, judges, and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment.”

“If churches want to play the game of politics, let them pay admission like everyone else.”

“I’m completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.”

“This is a little prayer dedicated to the separation of church and state. I guess if they are going to force those kids to pray in schools they might as well have a nice prayer like this: Our Father who art in heaven, and to the republic for which it stands, thy kingdom come, one nation indivisible as in heaven, give us this day as we forgive those who so proudly we hail. Crown thy good into temptation but deliver us from the twilight’s last gleaming. Amen and Awomen.”

“Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?”

“You know the good part about all those executions in Texas? Fewer Texans.”

“These days many politicians are demanding change. Just like homeless people.”

“Deep Throat: Think about it. There is actually a semi-important figure in American history who is named for a blow-job movie. How do school teachers handle this?”

“I don’t think we should be governing ourselves. What need is a king, and every now and then if the king’s not doing a good job, we kill him.”
“The owners of this country know the truth: It’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.”

“This country was founded by a group of slave owners who wanted to be. Am I right? A group of slave owners who wanted to be free! So they killed a lot of white English people in order to continue owning their black African people, so they could wipe out the rest of the red Indian people, in order to move west and steal the rest of the land from the brown Mexican people, giving them a place to take off and drop their nuclear weapons on the yellow Japanese people. You know what the motto for this country ought to be? ‘You give us a color, we’ll wipe it out.'”

“The difference between left and right of center…originated in the French parliament. The people left of center were liberals; the people right of center were conservatives. Broadly speaking. And generally speaking, people on…the right of center, are interested in property values, property, property rights. The rights and the rights of property. And generally speaking again – it’s all generalized – the left-of-center people are more concerned with humans and human beings and human concerns; to the care of humans, not the care and worry about property rights. That’s generally been true. And Bush is pushing this country farther down the hill, faster than anyone has before.”

“Now, there’s one thing you might have noticed I don’t complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It’s what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain’t going to do any good; you’re just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it’s not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here… like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There’s a nice campaign slogan for somebody: ‘The Public Sucks. F*ck Hope.'”

“I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don’t vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, ‘If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain,’ but where’s the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote — who did not even leave the house on Election Day — am in no way responsible for that these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created.”
George Carlin Quotes

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“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
― Oscar Wilde
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“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
― Oscar Wilde
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“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Stories
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“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
― Oscar Wilde
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“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
― Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan
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“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
― Oscar Wilde
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“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
― Oscar Wilde
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“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
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“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
― Oscar Wilde
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“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
― Oscar Wilde
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“Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”
― Oscar Wilde, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories

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“I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.”
― Oscar Wilde
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“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
― Oscar Wilde
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“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist
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“A good friend will always stab you in the front.”
― Oscar Wilde
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“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”
― Oscar Wilde
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“I am not young enough to know everything.”
― Oscar Wilde
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“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”
― Oscar Wilde
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“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
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“The heart was made to be broken.”
― Oscar Wilde
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“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”
― Oscar Wilde
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“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”
― Oscar Wilde
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“I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.”
― Oscar Wilde
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“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”
― Oscar Wilde
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“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
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“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
― Oscar Wilde
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“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.”
― Oscar Wilde
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“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
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“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
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“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays
“It’s a defining difference, curiosity. I’ve never known a stupid person who was curious, or a curious person who was stupid.”
― Mark Helprin, In Sunlight and in Shadow

“And if you were a spirit, and time did not bind you, and patience and love were all you knew, then there you would wait for someone to return, and the story to unfold.”
― Mark Helprin, In Sunlight and In Shadow

“Her eyes showed that though she may have decided to regret him, as long as he was in her presence she could not.”
― Mark Helprin, In Sunlight and in Shadow

“But, Catherine, everything’s that true despite us – the things they’re talking about, natural laws – will always remain true despite us. What matters is what’s true because of us. That’s what’s up for grabs. That’s where the battle is. One remembers and values one’s life not for its objective truths, but for the emotional truths…The only thing that’s really true, that lasts, and makes life worthwhile is the truth that’s fixed in the heart. That’s what we live and die for. It comes in epiphanies, and it comes in love, and don’t ever let frightened people turn you away from it.”
― Mark Helprin, In Sunlight and in Shadow

“He had known in times of the greatest misery or danger that his dreams of home, in which all things seemed beautiful, were in essence his longing for the woman for whom he had been made. That was how, as a soldier, he had seen it, and it was how he had come through.”
― Mark Helprin, In Sunlight and in Shadow

For what is a man, what has he got If not himself, then he has naught To say the things he truly feels And not the words of one who kneels The record shows I took the blows And did it my way

 

“Twisted every way,
what answer can I give?
Am I to risk my life,
to win the chance to live?
Can I betray the man
who once inspired my voice?
Do I become his prey?
Do I have any choice?
He kills without a thought,
he murders all that’s good . . .
I know I can’t refuse
and yet, I wish I could . . .
Oh God – if I agree,
what horrors wait for me
in this, the Phantom’s opera . . .?”
-Christine
“Yet in his eyes
all the sadness
of the world . . .
Those pleading eyes,
that both threaten
and adore . . .”
-Christine
Why of course the people don’t want war… It is the leaders…who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along…all you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. – Hermann Goering, 1936

“Government is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire; it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
~George Washington

when the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
~Sri Chinmoy Ghose

Power Corrupts, Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
~Unknown

This too, shall pass.
~Unknown

Amor animi arbitrio sumitur, non ponitur – We choose to love, we do not choose to cease loving. (Syrus)

Amicitiae nostrae memoriam spero sempiternam fore – I hope that the memory of our friendship will be everlasting. (Cicero)

Amare et sapere vix deo conceditur – Even a god finds it hard to love and be wise at the same time
Amor est vitae essentia – Love is the essence of life.

Amor vincit omnia – Love conquers all. (Virgil)

Animus facit nobilem – The spirit makes (human) noble
Apudne te vel me? – Your place or mine?
Audaces fortuna iuvat – Fortune favors the bold. (Virgil)
Veni, Vidi, Vici – I came, I saw, I conquered.

Evil always wins in the end, because the good guys only get one chance, bad people never hesitate before the kill.
~Xanatos, Master of Shadows

“I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure – that is all that agnosticism means.”
~Clarence Darrow
“I have observed that the world has suffered far less from ignorance than from pretensions to knowledge. It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. “No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever.”
~Daniel J. Boorstin quotes

THOMAS JEFFERSON QUOTES

“The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.”

“In matters of Power, let no more be heard of confidence in men, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

“My God! how little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!”

“We have spent the prime of our lives in procuring [for the youth of America] the blessing of liberty. Let them spend their lives in showing that it [freedom] is the great parent of science and of virtue; and that a nation will be great in both, always in proportion as it is free.”

“I swear upon the altar of God, eternal hostility to every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free… it expects what never was and never will be.”

“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.”

When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property.

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”

“When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks], will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants, they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as the souls who live under tyrrany.
~Thomas Jefferson

 

The Book of Counted Sorrows

Living in the modern age,
death for virtue is the wage.
So it seems in darker hours.
Evil wins, kindness cowers.

Ruled by violence and vice
we all stand upon thin ice.
Are we brave or are we mice,
here upon such thin, thin ice?

Dare we linger, dare we skate?
Dare we laugh or celebrate,
knowing we may strain the ice?
Preserve the ice at any price?

Those who would banish the sin of greed
embrace the sin of envy as their creed.
Those who seek to banish envy as well,
only draw elaborate new maps of hell.

Those with passion to change the world,
look on themselves as saints, as pearls,
and by the launching of noble endeavor,
flee dreaded introspection forever.

At the point where hope and reason part,
lies the spot where madness gets a start.
Hope to make the world kinder and free–
but flowers of hope root in reality.

No peaceful bed exists for lamb or lion,
unless on some world out beyond Orion.
Do not instruct the owls to spare the mice.
Owls acting as owls must is not a vice.

Storms do not respond to heartless pleas.
All the words of men can’t calm the seas.
Nature–always beneficial and cruel–
won’t change for a wise man or a fool.

Mankind shares all Nature’s imperfections,
clearly visible to casual inspections.
Resisting betterment is the human trait.
The ideal of utopia is our tragic fate.

Under the winter moon’s pale light,
across the cold and starry night,
from snowy mountains soaring high
to ocean shores echoes the cry.
From barren sands to verdant fields,
from city street to lonely wealds,
cries the tortured human heart,
seeking solace, wisdom, a chart
by which to understand its plight
under the winter moon’s pale light.
Dawn is unable to fade the night.
Must we live ever in the blight
under the winter moon’s cold light,
lost in loneliness, hate, and fright,
last night, tonight, tomorrow night
under the winter moon’s bleak light?

All of us are travelers lost,
our tickets arranged at a cost
unknown but beyond our means.
This odd itinerary of scenes
–enigmatic, strange, unreal–
leaves us unsure how to feel.
No postmortem journey is rife
with more mystery than life.

Tremulous skeins of destiny
flutter so ethereally
around me–but then I feel
its embrace is that of steel.

On the road that I have taken,
one day, walking, I awaken,
amazed to see where I have come,
where I’m going, where I’m from.

This is not the path I thought.
This is not the place I sought.
This is not the dream I bought,
just a fever of fate I’ve caught.

I’ll change highways in a while,
at the crossroads, one more mile.
My path is lit by my own fire.
I’m going only where I desire.

On the road that I have taken,
one day, walking, I awaken.
One day, walking, I awaken,
on the road that I have taken.

Death is no fearsome mystery.
He is well known to thee and me.
He hath no secrets he can keep
to trouble any good man’s sleep.

Turn not thy face from Death away.
Care not he takes our breath away.
Fear him not, he’s not thy master,
rushing at thee faster, faster.
Not thy master but servant to
the Maker of thee, what or Who
created Death, created thee
–and is the only mystery

Nowhere can a secret keep
always secret, dark and deep,
half so well as in the past,
buried deep to last, to last.

Keep it in your own dark heart,

otherwise the rumors start.

After many years have buried
secrets over which you worried,
no confidant can then betray
all the words you didn’t say.

Only you can then exhume
secrets safe within the tomb
of memory, of memory,
within the tomb of memory.

In the real world
as in dreams,
nothing is quite
what it seems

Life without meaning
cannot be borne.
We find a mission
to which we’re sworn
–or answer the call
of Death’s dark horn.
Without a gleaning
of purpose in life,
we have no vision,
we live in strife,
–or let blood fall
on a suicide knife.

To know the darkness is to love the light,
to welcome dawn and fear the coming night.

Night can be sweet as a kiss,
though not a night like this.

Pestilence, disease, and war
haunt this sorry place.
And nothing lasts forever;
that’s a truth we have to face.

We spend vast energy and time
plotting death for one another.
No one, nowhere, is ever safe.
Not father, child, or mother.

Is the end of the world a-coming?
Is that the devil they hear humming?
Are those doomsday bells a-ringing?
Is that the Devil they hear singing?

Or are their dark fears exaggerated?
Are these doom-criers addlepated?

Those who fear the coming of all Hells
are those who should be feared themselves.

There’s no escape
From death’s embrace,
though you lead it on
a merry chase.

The dogs of death
enjoy the chase.
Just see the smile
on each hound’s face.

The chase can’t last;
the dogs must feed.
It will come to pass
with terrifying speed.

The hounds, the hounds
come baying at his heels.
The hounds! The hounds!
The breath of death he feels.

Is there some meaning to this life?
What purpose lies behind the strife?
Whence do we come, where are we bound?
These cold questions echo and resound
through each day, each lonely night.
We long to find the splendid light
that will cast a revelatory beam
upon the meaning of the human dream.

Courage, love, friendship,
compassion, and empathy
lift us above the simple beasts
and define humanity.

Something moves within the night
that is not good and is not right.

Holy men tell us life is a mystery.
They embrace that concept happily.
But some mysteries bite and bark
and come to get you in the dark.

We can embrace love; it’s not too late.
Why do we sleep, instead, with hate?
Belief requires no suspension
to see that Hell is our invention.
We make Hell real; we stoke its fires.
And in its flames our hope expires.
Heaven, too, is merely our creation.
We can grant ourselves our own salvation.
All that’s required is imagination.

Poems

I was a muse of the poets
The hark of love achieved
In a world that forgot
Be it known I believed.

Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver, and one is gold.

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep-while I weep!
O God! Can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O god! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

Through dying suns and midnights grim,
And treachery, and faith gone dim,
Whatever dark the world may send,
Still lovers meet at journey’s end.

From Innocence and long lost love,
He passed these darkest roads.
A perfect dream sent from above,
Strengthened him for these loads.
Reminders of the one he lost,
Memories of light and hope.
Him, eternally, they accost,
Can he ever learn to cope…?

~Xanatos

The magic of youth and hope
For things there cannot be,
Fought so very long and hard
Fought inside of me,
But time, it seems, is not un-ending
Though my love for her is never-bending.

~Xanatos

Sing Hey! for the bath at the close of day
That washes the weary mud away!
A loon is he that will not sing:
O! Water hot is a noble thing!
O! sweet is the sound of falling rain,
And the brook that leaps from hill to plain;
But better than rain of rippling steams.
O! water cold we may pour at need
Down a thirsty throat and be glad indeed;
But better is beer if drink we lack,
And water hot poured down the back.
O! Water is fair that leaps on high
In a fountain white beneath the sky;
But never did fountain sound so sweet
As splashing hot water with my feet!

~J.R.R. Tolkien

I swore an oath to always care,
I swore an oath to never fail,
I swore to find her one day soon,
I swore to tell her I love you.
I hoped to find my childhood dreams,
I didn’t hope enough, it seems.

~Xanatos

The road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the road has gone,
And I must follow if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way,
Where many paths and errands meet,
And wither then? I cannot say.

~J.R.R. Tolkien

The road goes ever on and on
Out from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the road has gone,
Let others follow it who can!
Let them a journey new begin,
But I at last with weary feet
Will turn towards the lighted inn,
My evening rest and sleep to meet.

~J.R.R. Tolkien

I bargained with life for a penny,
And life would say no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store.
For life is just employer,
He gives you what you ask.
But once you set the wages,
Why; you must bear the task.
I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I asked of life,
Life would have willingly paid.

She was my moon, and stars,
She was my unhealing scars,
But even as I confessed these things,
My dying heart, and broken dreams…
I met silence in return
Dooming the last of my innocence to burn.

~Xanatos

I sit beside the fire and think
Of all that I have seen,
Of meadow-flowers and butterflies
In summers that have been;
Of yellow leaves and gossamer
In autumns that there were,
With morning mist and silver sun
And wind upon my hair.
I sit beside the fire and think
Of how the world will be
When winter comes without a spring
That I shall ever see.
For still there are so many things
That I have never seen:
In every wood in every spring
There is a different green.
I sit beside the fire and think
Of people long ago,
And people who will see a world
That I shall never know
But all the while I sit and think
Of times there were before,
I listen for returning feet
And voices at the door.

~J.R.R. Tolkien

One bright day in the middle of the night
Two dead men rose to fight
Back to back they stood together,
Drew their swords, and shot each other,
Don’t believe this stories true?
Ask the blind man, he saw it too.

Yes, Yes my friends
Fight all you can
War with your brothers
Kill all the land.
For when you are through
And no one is left
You’ll then see the truth:
You’ve brought only Death.

~Xanatos

I am lost hopes
A memory of past delight
Appreciation of beauty
An innocent’s heart
The depths of sorrow
A dying lover’s farewell-
A shadow
Regret am I.
~Xanatos

The dangerous people are not the ones
Who hit you with clubs and rob you with guns!
The thief won’t attack your character traits
Or belittle your abilities to your face!
It likely will be a well-meaning friend
Who merely crushes your will to win.

No, he doesn’t rob you, at point of gun,
He simply says, “It can’t be done.”
When pointed to thousands who already are
He smiles and says, “They’re superior!”
Personality-wise, and abilities, too,
They’re way ahead of what others can do!”

It matters not that his words are untrue
For, you feel “others” must know you!
So, you’re robbed of your hopes, your dreams to succeed.
Robbed of the material blessing received,
Robbed of your faith that says, “I can.”
And robbed by an ignorant, gunless friend.

So, the deadliest of men is not he with a gun,
But the one who tells you “It can’t be done!”
For that taken by burglars can be gotten again.
But, what can replace your will to win?

~ Author Unknown

If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will.
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But soon or late the man who wins,
Is the man who thinks he can.

~ C. W. Longenecker

Above all shadows rides the sun
And stars for ever dwell:
I will not say the day is gone,
Nor bid the stars farewell.
~J.R.R. Tolkien

I am the distance between betrayal and recognition, the lovers heartbreak, love lost but not forgotten.
Soul devouring despair haunted by memories of better times.
Innocence shattered, the lovely shards cut me still, sharp as summer days, thinking of her.
Always bleeding, longing for oblivion, absolution to this torment, yet I cannot release the pain.
Only in the darkness can I still glimpse the light.
~Xanatos

A hopeless romantic thats me I would say
Lost in my thoughts of happier days
Ignoring the world that goes on around
Head in the sky and feet on the ground
Wishing and hoping for only the best
Even when true love is put to the test
Trying to work all drama out
In order to make our relationship stout
Love and affection is all that I give
And ask nothing, but only to live
With you by my side if your love is true
I’ll hold your hand ’till death’s breath comes through
And takes away all joy from my heart

But leaves only this cruel part
A lie to say that I’m still alive
While my heart still beats its for death that I strive
To be with you again forever
And not let death’s cold hands sever
A special bond that we share
All because we love and care
So its for you my dear that I write these lines
And hope that they find you somewhere in time
For you to run away from your lover
And give up yourself to another
Don’t think me cocky, arrogant or vain
But a hopeless romantic with nothing to gain.

Shall I forget thee?
Can it be done?
These questions come to me–must come.

Will heartbeat cease?
Sometime it must.
Will breath decrease,
And all else turn to dust?

Then I’ll forget thee,
Nay, not then,
For memory will be more clear,
Yes, it will grow year by yaer,
And we shall be so near, so near,
When life on earth is over.

O, time
Be kind
Help this weary being
To forget what is sad to remember
Loose my loneliness,
Ease my mind,
While you eat my flesh.

I could speak of a thousand promises or even bet my very soul,
the rest of my life, I’ll be touched with a feeling no one can control.
Fate, destiny or magic may be the reason we met,
But all I know is days with you I never will forget.
Until the day I found you I never knew a love so true,
But from today until eternity I swear I’ll be loving you!

Some say the world will end in fire
Some say ’twill end in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire,
I hold with those who favour fire,
That fire within your eyes.

Tomorrow’s Child
Without a name; an unseen face
and knowing not your time nor place
Tomorrow’s Child, though yet unborn,
I met you first last Tuesday morn.
A wise friend introduced us two,
and through his shining point of view
I saw a day that would see;
a day for you, but not for me.
Knowing you has changed my thinking
for I never had an inkling
That perhaps the things I do
might someday, somehow, threaten you.
Tomorrow’s Child, my daughter-son,
I’m afraid I’ve just begun
To think of you and of your good,
though always having known I should.
Begin I will to weigh the cost
of what I squander; what I lost
If ever I forget that you
will someday come to live here too.
-Glen Thomas, employee Interface

DON’T CRY FOR ME WHEN I’M GONE
Three score and ten are given to man,
But ours is a much briefer span.
So, though I give you all my heart,
The time will come when we must part.
But all around you, you will see,
Creatures that speak to you of me;
A tired horse, a hunted thing,
A sparrow with a broken wing …
Pity – and help (I know you will)
And somehow, I will be with you still;
And I shall know, although I’m gone,
The love I gave you lingers on.
– Dogs

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don’t care, I’m still free
You can’t take the sky from me

Take me out to the black
Tell ’em I ain’t comin’ back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can’t take the sky from me

There’s no place I can be
Since I found serenity
But you can’t take the sky from me

Remember me, remember me, Oh lost muse of memory, Where once the fire burned so bright, there is now only dark and night.
Xanatos