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

Hope

“Hope is the dream of a soul awake.”

~French Proverb

An idea

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.

~Buddha

Thursday, August 5, 2010

But I don't want to

'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

Who

Who in the world am I?
Ah, that's the great puzzle.

~Lewis Carroll

Always

Always speak the truth, think before you speak, and write it down afterwards.

~Lewis Carroll

It's a poor sort

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.

~Lewis Carroll

That's the reason

That's the reason they're called lessons,
because they lesson from day to day.

~Lewis Carroll

I can't

I can't go back to yesterday - because I was a different person then.

~Lewis Carroll

His answer

His answer trickled through my head like water through a sieve.

~Lewis Carroll

Contrariwise

Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.

~Lewis Carroll

I have proved

I have proved by actual trial that a letter, that takes an hour to write, takes only about 3 minutes to read!

~Lewis Carroll

When I use a word

'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.'

~Lewis Carroll

The rule is

The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday -
but never jam today.

~Lewis Carroll

Everything's

Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.

~Lewis Carroll

Begin

Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.

~Lewis Carroll

Why, sometimes

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

~Lewis Carroll

If you don't

If you don't know where you are going,
any road will get you there.

~Lewis Carroll

While the laughter

While the laughter of joy is in full harmony with our deeper life, the laughter of amusement should be kept apart from it. The danger is too great of thus learning to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery, and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.

~Lewis Carroll

One of the secrets

One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.

~Lewis Carroll

No good fish

No good fish goes anywhere without a porpoise.

~Lewis Carroll

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

If the whole universe

If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.

~C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Poetry is

Poetry is just the evidence of life.
If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”

~Leonard Cohen

We are shaped

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

~Buddha

Listen

Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn! Look to this Day! For it is Life, the very Life of Life. In its brief course lie all the Verities and Realities of your Existence. The Bliss of Growth, The Glory of Action, The Splendor of Beauty; For Yesterday is but a Dream, And To-morrow is only a Vision; But To-day well lived makes Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness, And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope. Look well therefore to this Day! Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!

~Kalidasa

The soul

The soul should always stand ajar,
ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.

~Emily Dickinson

Blackbird singing

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly.
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.

~Paul McCartney/John Lennon

If

If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt,
they'd immediately go out.

~William Blake

We've got

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.

~ John Lennon

We find ourselves

We find ourselves
right where we left
off, back at the beginning
...of another ending.

Somehow,
that just delights us.

~Paul Goldman

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