“I learned one thing.”

“What?”

“Never to go on trips with anyone you do not love.”

Ernest Hemingway
A Moveable Feast

Personally, I find what one might term the “post-act” reformers the hardest to bear, as sated, they condemn the means by which they achieved satiation — prostitution and its instrument, yourself, abjuring you to give it up before it’s too late, a nice girl like you.

anonymous streetwalker
In Their Own Behalf, by Charles
McCaghy, James Skipper, Jr., and
Mark Lefton

. . . the more the soul knows, the more she loves, and loving much, she tastes much.

St. Catherine of Siena, 1370 A.D.

There is something about women, they like to talk, and they think that they get to know what a man is thinking by talking, like they get to know a man that way and that’s a laugh, ain’t it . . . when actually a man don’t even know hisself . . .

Albert Henry DeSalvo
(The Boston Strangler)

The finest sensibilities of the age are convulsed with pain. That means a change is at hand.

Leonard Cohen

You must go on, I can’t go on, I’ll go on.

Samuel Beckett

There is only one thing pain is good for. It teaches you to love. God bless pain.

Joey Goldfarb

Dare we open our doors to the source of our being? What are flesh and bones for?

Paul Reps

“It’s a kind of test, Mary, and it’s the only kind that amounts to anything. When something rotten like this happens, then you have your choice. You start to really be alive, or you start to die. That’s all.”

James Agee
A Death In The Family

Those who justify themselves do not convince. To know truth one must get rid of knowledge; nothing is more powerful and creative than emptiness.

Lao-tzu

There are numerous sidetracks which lead to a distorted ego-centered version of spirituality; we can deceive ourselves into thinking we are developing spiritually when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques.

Chogyam Trungpa,
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

I am myself plus my circumstance, and if I do not save it, I cannot save myself.

Ortega y Gasset

The power of memories and expectations is such that for most human beings the past and the future are not as real, but more real than the present.

Alan Watts

You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth. For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life’s procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.

Kahlil Gibran

Building a great tradition is more rewarding than simply having one.

J. R. Slaughter

The vital democratic connection between community and leadership, between the mass and the several elites, has been so wrenched and perverted that disastrous policies go unchallenged time and again . . .

The Port Huron Statement, 1962
Students for a Democratic Society

There are no accidents whatsoever in the universe.

Ram Dass

We’ve discovered that the earth isn’t flat; that we won’t fall off its edges, and our experience as a species has changed as a result. Maybe we’ll soon find out that the self isn’t “flat” either, and that death is as real and yet as deceptive as the horizon; that we don’t fall out of life either.

Jane Roberts, Seth Speaks

God glows and flames . . . Eternity, believe it or not; it’s as real as shit.

Aldous Huxley, Island

Deep in my dreamin’ I heard love call,
And I shall not deny her,
Come on sweet fire and lick me clean
I’m just a dream child of desire.

Cris Williamson

Oh father and mother
Sister and brother
If it feels nice
Don’t think twice
Just shower the people you love
with love,
Show them the way that you feel.

James Taylor

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.

Emerson