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Posted 07/30/10 - 10:30 AM:

What lies still is easy to grasp;
What lies far off is easy to anticipate;
What is brittle is easy to shatter;
What is small is easy to disperse.

Yet a tree broader than a man can
embrace is born of a tiny shoot;
A dam greater than a river can
overflow starts with a clod of earth;
A journey of a thousand miles begins at the spot under one's feet.

Therefore deal with things before they happen;
Create order before there is confusion.
TAO TE CHING 64 (a) CARE AT THE BEGINNING
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Posted 07/30/10 - 10:31 AM:

He who acts, spoils;
He who grasps, loses.
People often fail on the verge of success;
Take care at the end as at the beginning,
So that you may avoid failure.

The sage desires no-desire,
Values no-value,
Learns no-learning,
And returns to the places that people have forgotten;
He would help all people to become natural,
But then he would not be natural.
TAO TE CHING 64 (b) CARE AT THE END
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Posted 08/01/10 - 5:26 PM:

You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what's a life, anyway? We're born, we live a little while, we die. A spider's life can't help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that.

--Charlotte from "Charlotte's Web" by E. B. White
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Posted 08/02/10 - 9:36 AM:

Men flow into life, and ebb into death.

Some are filled with life;
Some are empty with death;
Some hold fast to life, and thereby perish,
For life is an abstraction.

Those who are filled with life
Need not fear tigers and rhinos in the wilds,
Nor wear armour and shields in battle;
The rhinoceros finds no place in them for its horn,
The tiger no place for its claw,
The soldier no place for a weapon,
For death finds no place in them.

TAO TE CHING 50. DEATH
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Posted 08/03/10 - 4:56 AM:

“The most common disease to genius is nympholepsy — the saddening for a spirit that the world knows not.”
-- Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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Posted 08/04/10 - 7:46 AM:

If you offer music and food
Strangers may stop with you;
But if you accord with the Way
All the people of the world will keep you
In safety, health, community, and peace.

The Way lacks art and flavour;
It can neither be seen nor heard,
But its benefit cannot be exhausted.

-PEACE-TAO-TE-CHING-
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Posted 08/05/10 - 9:47 AM:

"The only truth is that you can see, that you can hear, that you can smell, that you can touch, that you can taste, that you can intuit, that you can reason." --a fiction, in a fiction, about a fiction...
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Posted 08/06/10 - 7:06 AM:

Who understands the world is learned;
Who understands the self is enlightened.
Who conquers the world has strength;
Who conquers the self has harmony;
Who is determined has purpose.
Who is contented has wealth;
Who defends his home may long endure;
Who surrenders his home may long survive it.

TAO TE CHING.
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Posted 08/19/10 - 3:24 AM:

...The greatest danger that always hovered over humanity and still hovers over it is the eruption of madness...Thus the virtuous intellects are needed - oh, let me use the most unambiguous word - what is needed is virtuous stupidity...to make sure that the faithful of the great shared faith stay together and continue their dance. It is a first-rate need...We others are the exception and the danger...Well, there actually are things to be said in favor of the exception, provided that it never wants to become the rule

---Fredrich Nietzsches
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Posted 08/19/10 - 3:29 AM:

from Nietzsche's The Gay Science, (trans. W. Kaufmann), s. p3


Whether we learn to pit our pride, our scorn, our will power against it, equaling the American Indian who, however tortured, repays his torturer with the malice of his tongue; or whether we withdraw from pain into that Oriental Nothing—called Nirvana—into mute, rigid, deaf resignation, self-forgetting, self-extinction: out of such long and dangerous exercises of self-mastery one emerges as a different person, with a few more question marks—above all with the will henceforth to question further, more deeply, severely, harshly, evilly, and quietly than one had questioned heretofore. The trust in life is gone: life itself has become a problem. Yet one should not jump to the conclusion that this necessarily makes one gloomy. Even love of life is still possible, only one loves differently. It is the love for a woman that causes doubts in us.


The attraction of everything problematic, the delight in an x, however, is so great in such more spiritual, more spiritualized men that this delight flares up again and again like a bright blaze over all the distress of what is problematic, over all the danger of uncertainty, and even over the jealousy of the lover. We know a new happiness.
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Posted 08/19/10 - 3:35 AM:

from Nietzsche's The Gay Science, (trans. W. Kaufmann), s. 154


Different types of dangerous lives.- You have no idea what you are living through; you rush through life as if you were drunk and now and then fall down some staircase. But thanks to your drunkenness you never break a limb;, your muscles are too relaxed and your brain too benighted for you to find the stones of these stairs as hard as we do. For us life is more dangerous: we are made of glass; woe unto us if we merely bump ourselves! And all is lost if we fall
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Posted 08/19/10 - 5:33 AM:

Whosoever comes to me,
Through whatsoever form,
I reach him;
All the men are struggling through paths which in the end leads to to ME.
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Posted 08/25/10 - 7:16 PM:

Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements—the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life—weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnace of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.

-Lawrence Krauss
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Posted 08/26/10 - 10:47 AM:

Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure; Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure.

--Lord Byron
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Posted 09/10/10 - 12:52 PM:

People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.

--Soren Kierkegaard
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Posted 09/24/10 - 8:11 PM:

"I've worked with Night on half of his films and I know a bit where he is coming from. His film are like comic-book storytelling. They are meant to be fun and different. Despite what some people say, I don't think he takes himself serious. He is a very down to earth guy who has fun making his films. His films are good in the way they were intended. I think it's the production company's marketing department that doesn't get his films or him."

--comment posted at boingboing.net about M. Night Shyamalan
(of whom I'm a fan)
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Posted 09/30/10 - 3:13 AM:

A jug fills drop by drop.
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