Great mother of big apples it is a pretty world.

Kenneth Patchen

There is really no such creature as a single individual; he has no more life of his own than a cast-off cell marooned from the surface of your skin.

Lewis Thomas

I argued that physical discomfort is important only when the mood is wrong. Then you fasten on to whatever thing is uncomfortable and call that the cause. But if the mood is right, then physical discomfort doesn’t mean much.

Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

All of us . . . have been formed by experiences that still inhabit us. Memory is not only a trip but also a structure. Recollections are not only stories retold but also aspects of present feeling. Our hopes at any given moment are fashioned by our previous disappointment. Our need to share pain is as strong as our quest for pleasure. Every pain that is not purely physical is also retrospective. Our need to make sense of our lives has continually to take account of all this.

John Berger

If you’ve not been fed, be bread.


There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life. . . . To seek a total unity is wrong. To give as much meaning to one’s life as possible is right to me.

Anaïs Nin

I have had more trouble with myself than with any man I have ever met.

Dwight Moody

There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.

A.J. Muste

I shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgement. It takes place every day.

Albert Camus, The Fall

You know you can never find out what’s happening from the company bulletin or the adult press. You know that. The king’s messengers are always telling you what they want you to know, for their own benefit. The evolutionary message, what’s really happening, has always come from outcasts.

Timothy Leary

Everything we come across is to the point.

John Cage

The most instructive experiences are those of everyday life.

Friedrich Nietzsche

The sin against the Holy Spirit is the sin against new life, against self-emergence, against the Holy fecund innerness of each person. It can be committed quite as easily against oneself as against another.

M.C. Richards

You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward.

James Thurber

How desperately difficult it is to be honest with oneself. It is much easier to be honest with other people.

Edward Benson

i spill my bright incalculable soul.

e e cummings

And what, after all, is the poem but the constant threading of a needle? You have used the same thread over and over, sewing clouds, sewing a damaged heart, perfecting the things you know well.

Norman Rosten

You can close your eyes to reality, but not to memories.


At times, although one is perfectly in the right, one’s legs tremble; at other times, although one is completely in the wrong, birds sing in one’s soul.


Everything is relevant. I call it loving.

James Tate

Things don’t change, but by and by our wishes change.