Friday, December 31, 2010

Who knows

Who knows but life be that which men call death,
And death what men call life?

~Euripedes

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Eternity

"Eternity is not endless duration but transcendence into the timeless."

--Deepak Chopra

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Which form

Which form of proverb do you prefer?
Better late than never, or Better never than late?

~Lewis Carroll

Monday, December 27, 2010

There comes a pause

There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure to dance without cessation; and everyone must reach the point at length of absolute prostration.

~Lewis Carroll

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Ten men waiting

Ten men waiting for me at the door?
Send one home... I'm tired.

~Mae West

When women

When women go wrong,
men go right after them.

~Mae West

It's not

It's not the men in my life that count,
it's the life in my men.

~Mae West

She's the kind

She's the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong.

~Mae West

When choosing

When choosing between two evils,
I always like to try the one I haven't tried before.

~Mae West

When I'm good

When I'm good, I'm very good.
When I'm bad I'm better.

~Mae West

I believe

I believe in censorship...
I made a fortune out of it.

~Mae West

Soap

“What soap is to the body,
laughter is to the soul”

~Yiddish Proverb

OK boys

OK, boys; let's go make a withdrawal.

~John Dillinger

Now nobody get nervous

Now nobody get nervous, you ain't got nothing to fear. You're being robbed by the John Dillinger Gang, that's the best there is!

~John Dillinger

My buddies

My buddies wanted to be firemen, farmers or policemen, something like that. Not me, I just wanted to steal people's money!

~John Dillinger

I rob banks

I rob banks for a living, what do you do?

~John Dillinger

All my life

All my life I wanted to be a bank robber. Carry a gun and wear a mask. Now that it's happened I guess I'm just about the best bank robber they ever had. And I sure am happy.

~John Dillinger

What

What do you expect me to do about it?

~John Dillinger

They're not

They're not going to get me.

~John Dillinger

These few dollars

These few dollars you lose here today are going to buy you stories to tell your children and great-grandchildren. This could be one of the big moments in your life; don't make it your last!

~John Dillinger

Friday, December 24, 2010

Our birth

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting;
The soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar;
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come...

~William Wordsworth

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

You will come to know

"You will come to know that what appears today to be a sacrifice will prove instead to be the greatest investment that you will ever make."

--Gorden B. Hinkley

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Millions of spiritual creatures

Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep.

~John Milton

Our doubts

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.

~William Shakespeare

As soon as

"As soon as you trust yourself,
you will know how to live."

- Goethe

Everybody wants

"Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow."

~Goethe

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The consciousness

"The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is Love."

--Sri Nisargadatta

It is when

"It is when we are trapped in incessant streams of compulsive thinking that the universe really disintegrates for us, and we lose the ability to sense the interconnectedness of all that exists."

~Eckhart Tolle

Knowing others

"Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.
If you realize that you have enough,
you are truly rich.
If you stay in the centre and embrace death with your whole heart,
you will endure forever."

~Lao-tzu

Monday, December 13, 2010

Without knowing

Without knowing what I am and why I am here, life is impossible.

~Leo Tolstoy

I sit on a man's back

I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means - except by getting off his back.

~Leo Tolstoy

Boredom

Boredom: the desire for desires.

~Leo Tolstoy

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Your task

"Your task is not to seek for love but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."

~Rumi

We are members

"We are members of a vast cosmic orchestra, in which each living instrument is essential to the complementary and harmonious playing of the whole."

~J. Allen Boone

To serve each other

"To serve each other, to respect each other, to trust each other, to honor each other, to love each other, to cooperate with each other, to care for each other, to forgive one another, to focus on peoples' good, to laugh with one another, to learn from one another; to pray for each other - these are all acts of Love."

~Fools Crow, Lakota

We are all

We are all cells in the same body of humanity.

~Peace Pilgrim

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Miracles

Miracles do not happen in contradiction to nature, but only in contradiction to that which is known to us of nature.

~Saint Augustine

Monday, December 6, 2010

But if the archangel now

But if the archangel now, perilous, from behind the stars took even one step down toward us: our own heart, beating higher and higher, would beat us to death. Who are you?

~Rainer Maria Rilke

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The mind's first step

The mind's first step to self-awareness must be through the body.

~George Sheehan

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Come, come

“Come, come, whoever you are
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving,
Ours is no caravan of despair,
Even if you have broken your vow a thousand times,
Come, yet again, come ...”

~ adapted from Rumi

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

If you

If you put something off long enough,
the desire, the energy, and the drive to do it will disappear.

~Shirley Gibson

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Choice is an illusion

“Choice is an illusion. Do I do this – do I do that – all of this is confusion. I can only choose when I’m confused. When I know clearly, there is no choice.”

~unknown

At times

"At times I feel like a living experiment, an alchemist's vessel in which a marvelous, although sometimes painful, mystery is unfolding."

~ Richard Moss

A theory

“A theory is more impressive the greater is the simplicity of its premise, the more different are the kinds of things it relates and the more extended its range of applicability…”

-Einstein

Friday, November 12, 2010

The human body

The human body is a machine which winds its own springs.

~Julien Offroy de la Mettrie

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

In the sky

In the sky, there is no distinction between East and West;
people create distinctions in their own minds
and then believe them to be true.

~Buddha

He who experiences

He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.

~Buddha

Monday, November 1, 2010

This body

This body is not a home but an inn, and that only briefly.

~Seneca

Friday, October 22, 2010

The body

The body is deeper than the soul,
and its secrets inscrutable.

~E.M. Forester

Just as

Just as the body cannot exist without blood, so the soul needs the matchless and pure strength of faith.

~Mahatma Gandhi

The soul is

The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And the body is born young and grows old. That is life's tragedy.

~Oscar Wilde

Saturday, October 16, 2010

There are thoughts

There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.

~Victor Hugo

Fear is

Fear is the greatest obstacle on the spiritual path;
confront your fears.

~Sri AmmaBhagavan

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

No diet

No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office.

~George Bernard Shaw

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Body and mind

Body and mind, like man and wife, do not always agree to die together.

~Charles Caleb Colton

Each body

Each body has its art...

~Gwendolyn Brooks

Why

Why should a man's mind have been thrown into such close, sad, sensational, inexplicable relations with such a precarious object as his body?

~Thomas Hardy

Our own physical body

Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense.

~Henry Miller

The mind

The mind commands the body and it obeys. The mind orders itself and meets resistance.

~Saint Augustine

Emotion

Emotion always has its roots in the unconscious and manifests itself in the body.

~Irene Claremont de Castillejo

If the body

If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong.

~Thomas Jefferson

Take care

Take care of your body.
It's the only place you have to live.

~Jim Rohn

Our bodies

Our bodies are our gardens - our wills are our gardeners.

~William Shakespeare

Our bodies

Our bodies are apt to be our autobiographies.

~Frank Gillette Burgess

There is more

There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophies.

~Friedrich Nietzche

The body

The body never lies.

~Martha Graham

Man is

Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.

~Aldous Huxley

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Work

Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.

~Mark Twain

Flesh goes on

Flesh goes on pleasuring us, and humiliating us, right to the end.

~Mignon McLaughlin

How idiotic

How idiotic civilization is! Why be given a body if you have to keep it shut up in a case like a rare, rare fiddle?

~Katherine Mansfield

Every man

Every man is the builder of a temple, called his body, to the god he worships, after a style purely his own, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead. We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones.

~Henry David Thoreau

You know

You know the definition of the perfectly designed machine.... The perfectly designed machine is one in which all its working parts wear out simultaneously. I am that machine.

~Frederick Alexander Lindemann

The body is

The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation.

~George Santayana

A trembling

A trembling in the bones may carry a more convincing testimony than the dry documented deductions of the brain.

~Llewelyn Powers

You don't

You don't have a soul.
You are a Soul.
You have a body.

~C.S. Lewis

Our limitations

Our limitations and success will be based, most often, on our own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon.

~Denis Waitley

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Blue

“Let the blue sky meet the blue sea and all is blue for a time.”

Moncy Barbour

Any color

“Any color works if you push it to the extreme.”

Massimo Vignelli

Color is all

“Color is all. When color is right, form is right. Color is everything, color is vibration like music; everything is vibration.”

Marc Chagall

If we were to imagine

“If we were to imagine an orange on the blue side or green on the red side or violet on the yellow side, it would give us the same impression as a north wind coming from the southwest.”

Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein

Some of us

“Some of us come on earth seeing – some of us come on earth seeing color.”

Louise Nevelson

I fell in love

“I fell in love with black; it contained all color. It wasn't a negation of color... Black is the most aristocratic color of all... You can be quiet, and it contains the whole thing.”

Louise Nevelson

I'm intrigued

“I'm intrigued that one can recognize different parts of the world solely by the particular color of the water.”

Leonard Mizerek

I have broken

“I have broken the blue boundary of color limits, come out into the white; beside me comrade-pilots swim in this infinity.”

Kasimir Malevich

I have established

“I have established the semaphore of Suprematism. I have beaten the lining of the colored sky, torn it away and in the sack that formed itself, I have put color and knotted it. Swim! The free white sea, infinity, lies before you.”

Kasimir Malevich

Artists can

“Artists can colour the sky red because they know it's blue. Those of us who aren't artists must colour things the way they really are or people might think we're stupid.”

Jules Feiffer

I saw

“I saw a sunset in Queretaro that seemed to reflect the colour of a rose in Bengal.”

Jorge Luis Borges

Everything

“Everything that you can see in the world around you presents itself to your eyes only as an arrangement of patches of different colors.”

John Ruskin

I mix them

“I mix them with my brains, sir.”

John Opie
English Painter, 1761-1807
When asked what he mixed his colors with.

As the sun

“As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.”

John Lubbock

Colours are

“Colours are light's suffering and joy.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I try

“I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.”

Joan Miro

This may sound

“This may sound a bit simple, but the rainbow was my teaching source about mixing color.”

Jim Pescott

Two colours

“Two colours are enough, just blue and white – more might be a nightmare."

Jennifer Kostuik

Who told you

“Who told you that one paints with colors? One makes use of colors, but one paints with emotions.”

Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin

Better gray

“Better gray than garishness.”

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Trying to brighten

“Trying to brighten a dull color is nearly impossible... I start with a color that is too intense so I can calm it as needed.”

Jane Jones

Yellow

“My favorite color to glaze with is yellow. It always glows just like stained glass lit up by the sun.”

Jane Jones

There is

“There is an undeniable virtue to a true black; allowing the brain to be mesmerized and pulling the pupils deep into that unfound but sensed abyss.”

Jamie Lavin

The range in brightness

“The range in brightness from the purple glow [of the sunset] to the dark sky above is too great for most films, and naturally it is beyond the range of printed pictures.”

James Elkins

The world is

“The world is your kaleidoscope, and the varying combinations of colors which at every succeeding moment it presents to you are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of your ever-moving thoughts.”

James Edward Allen

Truly color is vice

“Truly color is vice! Of course, it can be, and has the right to be one of the finest virtues. Controlled by the strong hand and careful guidance of her Master drawing, color is a splendid Mistress, with a mate worthy of herself, her lover, but her Master likewise, the most magnificent Mistress possible, and the result is evident in all the glorious things that spring from their union.”

James Abbot McNeill Whistler

Mauve

“Mauve? Mauve is just pink trying to be purple.”

James Abbot McNeill Whistler

Of all the hues

“Of all the hues, reds have the most potency. If there is one electric blue, a dozen reds are so charged. Use them to punctuate white, burn into bronzes, or dynamite black.”

Jack Lenor Larsen

Any color

“Any color, so long as it's black.”

Henry Ford

Purer colors

“Purer colors... have in themselves, independently of the objects they serve to express, a significant action on the feelings of those who look at them.”

Henri Matisse

I am as curious

“I am as curious about color as one would be visiting a new country, because I have never concentrated so closely on color expression. Up to now I have waited at the gates of the temple.”

Henri Matisse

Cutting directly

“Cutting directly into color reminds me of a sculptor's carving into stone.”

Henri Matisse

The whole world

“The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color. Our entire being is nourished by it. This mystic quality of color should likewise find expression in a work of art.”

Hans Hofmann

If time

“If time were a color, I bet it would be a tasteful off-white."

Greg Parrish

Whether the flower

“Whether the flower or the color is the focus I do not know. I do know the flower is painted large to convey my experience with the flower – and what is my experience if it is not the color?"

Georgia O'Keeffe

One has to

One has to arrive at a specific temperature, at which the objects become malleable.”

Georges Braque

You can spend

“You can spend a lifetime studying the interaction of colours, and painting how red can dance, so when the viewer 'gets it' and says 'Aha!' their way of seeing is transformed.”

Gayle Konantz

Using color

“If you use colour carefully, that is, placing a softer 'off' colour next to pure colour, it helps add the magic touch to your work – and that special look.”

Gail Boyle

White

“The white canvas-- it's like a layer of dust that covers up the real painting. It's just a matter of cleaning it. I have a little brush to clear away the blue, another for the red, and another brush for the green. And when I've finished cleaning, the picture is all there.”

Georges Braque

Black

“Don't order any black things. Rejoice in his memory; and be radiant: leave grief to the children. Wear violet and purple. Be patient with the poor people who will snivel: they don't know; and they think they will live for ever, which makes death a division instead of a bond.”

George Bernard Shaw

Yellow

“Yellow wakes me up in the morning. Yellow gets me on the bike every day. Yellow has taught me the true meaning of sacrifice. Yellow makes me suffer. Yellow is the reason I am here.”

Lance Armstrong

The key of D

“The key of D is daffodil yellow, B major is maroon, and B flat is blue.”

Marian McPartland

Imagine

“Imagine someone pointing to a place in the iris of a Rembrandt eye and saying, 'The walls of my room should be painted this color."

Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein

To any white body

“To any white body receiving the light from the sun, or the air, the shadows will be of a bluish cast.”

Leonardo da Vinci

Nowhere

“Nowhere in nature can you find purer color than sunlight passing through the petal of a flower.”

Larry K. Stephenson

Color is

“Color is the language of the poets. It is astonishingly lovely. To speak it is a privilege.”

Keith Crown

Working in white

“Working in white makes people look into it. White is ethereal. There's a purity to it, it makes things look elevated in a way. There's a whole palette of white…”

Jonathan Milne

White

“White covers a multitude of sins.”

Jonathan Milne

Don't think

“Don't think of sea as color. Make it a solid that can support a boat. Think of 'wetness' as color-texture.”

John Sloan

Blue

“Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the deity to be a source of delight.”

John Ruskin

Thursday, October 7, 2010

No one

"No one, not even Hafiz, can describe with words the Great Mystery. No one knows in which shell the priceless pearl does hide."

~ Hafiz

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Upon the skein of time

Upon the skein of time and space are the records made. For thoughts and deeds are indeed things, and their currents run with time and space and make their impressions there; just as in the mental forces it is gradually being comprehended that as the man, as the being thinketh in the heart, so is he.

~Edgar Cayce

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

We cannot

We cannot change anything until we accept it.

~Carl Jung

There is no

There is no coming to consciousness without pain.

~Carl Jung

The word "happiness"

The word “happiness” would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.

~Carl Jung

The pendulum

The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense,
not between right and wrong.

~Carl Jung

The least of things

The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.

~Carl Jung

The debt

The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.

~Carl Jung

Often the hands

Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.

~Carl Jung

Knowledge

Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.

~Carl Jung

Knowing

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.

~Carl Jung

It all depends

It all depends on how we look at things,
and not how they are in themselves.

~Carl Jung

Great talents

Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off.

~Carl Jung

A man who has not

A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.

~Carl Jung

There can be no

There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotions.

~Carl Jung

As far as

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

~Carl Jung

Who has fully realized

Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood?

~Carl Jung

The shoe

The shoe that fits one person pinches another;
there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.

~Carl Jung

The meeting

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

~Carl Jung

The healthy man

The healthy man does not torture others – generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.

~Carl Jung

Nobody

Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble.

~Carl Jung

In all chaos

In all chaos there is a cosmos,
in all disorder a secret order.

~Carl Jung

Everything that irritates us

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves.

~Carl Jung

Every form

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.

~Carl Jung

Who looks

Who looks outside, dreams;
who looks inside, awakes.

~Carl Jung

Monday, October 4, 2010

Shrinking away

Shrinking away from death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose.

~Carl Jung

Show me

Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.

~Carl Jung

The easiest thing

The easiest thing in the world is to be what you are, what you feel. The hardest thing to be is what other people want you to be.

-Leo Buscaglia

There is something

There is something about the outside of a horse
that is good for the inside of a man.

–Sir Winston Churchill

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The sharing of joy

The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference.

~Audre Lorde

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

He who can take advice

"He who can take advice is sometimes superior to him who can give it."

-Karl von Knebel, German poet

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Live

“Live in the sunshine,
swim the sea,
drink the wild air…”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some people

Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that.

~George Carlin

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

If

If you ever need anything please don't hesitate to ask someone else first.

~Kurt Cobain

Monday, September 13, 2010

Expose yourself

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.

~Jim Morrison

You can have

You can have peace.
Or you can have freedom.
Don't ever count on having both at once.

~Robert A. Heinlein

The secret

The secret to happiness is freedom...
And the secret to freedom is courage.

~Thucydides

We are driven by

We are driven by five genetic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom, and fun.

~William Glasser

We are willing enough

We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.

~E. M. Forster

There's no money

There’s no money in poetry,
but then there’s no poetry in money, either.

— Robert Graves

Friday, September 10, 2010

When

When one tugs at a single thing in nature,
he finds it attached to the rest of the world.

~John Muir

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Love is life

Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.

~Leo Tolstoy

Friday, September 3, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Everything Comes

Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.

~Rabindranath Tagore

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Faith is a light

Faith is a light of such supreme brilliance that it dazzles the mind and darkens all its visions of other realities, but in the end when we become used to the new light, we gain a new view of all reality transfigured and elevated in the light itself.

~Thomas Merton

Monday, August 23, 2010

Force

Force never moves in a straight line, but always in a curve vast as the universe, and therefore eventually returns whence it issued forth, but upon a higher arc, for the universe has progressed since it started.

~Kabbalah

Saturday, August 21, 2010

God comes

God comes to visit me every once in a while. Actually, he comes more often than I'd like but it's God. What can I say? That I'm busy, that I'm in the shower? He knows.

~Robert 'Bob' Rebadow, OZ

So don't you see?

So don't you see? Everything that we do, the plans we make, the hopes we have, they're futile. Being good at a job, which I was, building a home, which I did, raising a family...which I had, none of it means anything because no matter how we try, how much we strive and struggle, it'll all come to naught. Life is a waste of time. So, that's why I'm counting on you to kill me. You will, won't you?

~Lemuel Idzik

They say that

They say that Every Snowflake is diffrent. But how can They really be sure? I mean, Think of all the Snowflakes that have fallen all over the World throughout Earth's History. The Law of Averages dictate that at least two of Them had to be Similar. Like Human Beings, like the Men in Oz, Even if They start out Unique, They all end up the same.

~Augustus Hill, OZ

Yeah, who cares

Yeah, who cares who lives or dies in prison? We read the names in the morning paper and they mean nothing to us. They're faceless. Truth is, we don't wanna put a face on 'em. We don't want to know who they really are. Because then it might hit too close to home, and home is what it's all about, right? Ma...king a home no matter where you are, no matter who you are. At the end of the day, everybody wants somewhere to rest, somewhere to lay their bones, even if it's in a land called Oz. Yeah, like Dorothy says when she wakes up in her own bed back at Aunt Em's, "There's no place like home." There's no fucking place like home.

~Augustus Hill, OZ

Clemency

Clememcy. Thats a fancy word for mercy. The Governor can commute a death sentence. He has the power to pick up the phone and just say No. But to me, the only time the Governor shows clemency is when he don't make that call. Life in prison without parole is a shitload worse than death. Death is parole. Death is mercy.

~Augustus Hill

I never lie

I never lie. Not 'cause I'm so honest, but because I have a bad memory. And you can't be a good liar if you got a bad memory.

~Augustus Hill, OZ

Truth is

Truth is a powerful thing. If you right a wrong, or make a bad thing worse, in Oz the truth is, if the facts don't fit the truth, fuck the facts.

~Augustus Hill, OZ

A man stands

A Man stands in a Cemetery, reading a Letter He wrote forgiving His long Dead Father. The Mother of a Girl killed by a Drunk Driver is racked by Fantasies of Retaliation. Your Boyfriend begs You for one more Chance. You say the Mirror You're done hating Yourself. But You know You're not. Maybe instead of Forgive and Forget, it should be Forgive and Remember. Remember that You might have to wake up Tomorrow and Forgive all over Again. And again,and again, The way Your Heart keeps beating like a Drum. Forgive. I Can't. You can. Forgive. Forgive. I can't. You can. Forgive.

~Augustus Hill, OZ

There are some

There are some confessions you can't even make to yourself. Yearnings, desires. That if you admitted to having, you'd have to stop being who you are. And the facade you've built so carefully would crumble, exposing to those around you what really makes you tweak.

~Augustus Hill, OZ

The name

The name on the street for the Oswald Maximum Security Penitentiary. Only, big news: They've changed the name. It's now called the Oswald State Correctional Facility, level four. I don't know what the difference is. Leo Glynn is still warden, Sister Peter Marie is still in psych, Tim McManus is still unit manager of Emerald City, and I know for damn sure none of us have changed. Beecher is still in the hospital after Schillinger and Keller broke his bones. Alvarez is still in solitary after blinding a CO. Adebisi, still in the loony ward, after changing hats. Maybe it's truth in advertising. Maybe by getting rid of the word "penitentiary" the state is finally admitting that nobody's penitent. Nobody's sorry. Nobody.

~Augustus Hill, OZ

In the beginning

In the beginning God was nothing, So he started making stuff, he made the dirt, he made the sky, he made the water, he made things that swim, things that slither, things with legs, I mean God turned himself into a Big Shot, then a couple days, or a couple million years, God breathes life into Man, and hes been sucking the life out of us every since.

~Augustus Hill, OZ

So, what have we learned?

So, what have we learned? What's the lesson for today? For all the never-ending days and restless nights in Oz? That morality is transient? That virtue cannot exist without violence? That to be honest is to be flawed? That the giving and taking of love both debases and elevates us? That God or Allah or Yahweh has... answers to questions we dare not even ask? The story is simple: a man lives in prison and dies. How he dies? That's easy. The who and the why is the complex part. The human part. The only part worth knowing... Peace.”

~Augustus Hill, OZ

Love

Love conquers all?
Never has, never will.

~Augustus Hill, OZ

And love?

And love? Well, if sex is sweet and death is bitter, love is both. Love will always and forever break your heart.

~Augustus Hill, OZ

Telling a man

Telling a man that he can't hold his wife in his arms anymore....If that isn't cruel and unusual punishment, I don't know what is.

~Augustus Hill, OZ

Forget about

Forget about having too much garbage, too many bottles, cans, watermelon rinds, disposable baby diapers and such. What's really terrifying in terms of the long term health of the planet is toxic waste. Toxic waste, you can't put two worse words together except maybe (pause) nuclear war.

~Augustus Hill, OZ

The worst stab wound

The worst stab wound is the one to the heart. Sure, most people survive it, but the heart is never quite the same. There's always a scar, which is meant, I guess, to remind you that even for a little while, someone made your heart beat faster. And that's a scar you can live with, proudly, all the days of your life.

~Augustus Hill, OZ

You made your bed

"You made your bed, now lie in it." Anybody wanna tell me what the fuck that means? You're gonna go to the trouble of making up your bed, smoothing out the sheets, fluffing up the pillows, just to ruin it all by lying down. The phrase should be, "You laid in you bed, now make it." Point being, you got to be responsible for your actions. Responsible.

~Augustus Hill, OZ

You swat at a fly

You swat at a fly, step on an ant, squash a cockroach, you don't think much of it. In fact, killing a bug gives you a sense of accomplishment. Fucking ant was ruining your picnic, cockroach was crawling through your kitchen cabinets. You put an end to their disgusting, miserable little lives and make a better world for everyone. Only, for every one you kill, more appear. Bigger, uglier, meaner than before.

~Augustus Hill, OZ

At least

'At least you got your health.' Don't you hate that? You lose your job, you lose your wife, YOU'RE IN PRISON, and some punk ass do gooder says 'At least you got your health' like that's supposed to make you FEEL better! So what if I'm broke? So what if some dealer wants to cap my ass; at least I ain't got a tumor. I swear, the next person to say ALYGYH to me, I'ma make sure they don't have THEIR health much longer.

~Augustus Hill, OZ

Back in the old Greek times

Back in the old Greek times there lived a man named Orpheus. Loved his wife, took it easy on the Ouzo, played a mean guitar. Upstanding guy. So what the almighty gods do? They fucked with him. Made his life Hades. Why? 'Cause that's what those in power do to those of us with none.

~Augustus Hill, OZ

God knows

God knows he's perfect and we're not and we can never be but he expects us to be. And he punishes us if we're not, you know what I'm saying? God is the ultimate gangster. The supremo boss, you know what I mean? Forgiveness, live by his code. Deadness, if we don't. Yo, he never has to talk to us face to face and ...he never has to explain exactly why he does what he does. Know what I'm saying? Nigger sits up there in Heaven somewhere, drinking a cappuccino, chilling... (Singing.) "Got the whole world in his hands." He got the whole world by the balls. In excelsius deo and all that shit.

~Augustus Hill, OZ

God made sunsets

God made sunsets full of color and God made race horses that run in a flash. God made the orange, the apple and strawberries, but God's greatest creation is pussy. I don't mean to be crude or nothing but... you can have all the sunsets, horses and fruit there is, just give me all the pussy in the world. Fuck, I don't need all the pussy, just one a day. Every day.

~Augustus Hill, OZ

Remember

Remember when your high school history teacher said that the course of human events changes 'cause of the deeds of great men. Well, the bitch was lying. Fuck Caesar, fuck Lincoln, fuck Mahatma Gandhi. The world keeps moving cause of you and me, the anonymous. Revolutions get going cause there ain't enoug...h bread. Wars happen over a game of checkers.

~Augustus Hill, OZ

Four Letter Words

"Fuck" is a four-letter word. "Rape" is a four-letter word. "Wife" is a four-letter word. So is "love." "Fuck" is a curse. So is "love."

~Augustus Hill, OZ

Monday, August 16, 2010

Your scorn for mediocrity

"Your scorn for mediocrity blinds you to its vast primitive power. You stand in the glare of your own brilliance, unable to see into the dim corners of the room, to dilate your eyes and see the potential dangers of the mass, the wad of humanity. Even as I tell you this, dear student, you cannot quite believe that lesser men, in whatever numbers, can really defeat you. But we are in the age of the mediocre man. He is dull, colorless, boring -- but inevitably victorious. The amoeba outlives the tiger because it divides and continues in its immortal monotony. The masses are the final tyrants. See how, in the arts, Kabuki wanes and withers while popular novels of violence and mindless action swamp the mind of the mass reader. And even in that timid genre, no author dares to produce a genuinely superior man as his hero, for in his rage of shame the mass man will send his yojimbo, the critic, to defend him. The roar of the plodders is inarticulate, but deafening. They have no brain, but they have a thousand arms to grasp and clutch at you, drag you down."

~Trevanian

Friday, August 13, 2010

You must live

You must live in the present,
launch yourself on every wave,
find your eternity in each moment.

~Henry David Thoreau