We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.

Carl Jung

What I’ve found to be important is mainly just the realization that everyone has all knowledge and all humanity within themselves. Individual minds are connected to a universal mind. All people need to do is find out how to get it and reach it when they need it. Karma is simple truth: you reap what you sow.

Willie Nelson

Religion is not any particular teaching. Religion is everywhere.

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi,
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

To be an actor you’ve got to be honest. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.

George Burns

We work in the dark. We do what we can. We give what we have. Our doubt is our passion. Our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.

Henry James

There is only one church and your membership is your belly button.

Stephen Gaskin

Always do what’s right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.

Mark Twain

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.

Lily Tomlin

The average man seeks certainty in the eyes of the onlooker and calls that self-confidence. The warrior seeks impeccability in his own eyes and calls that humbleness.

John Amodeo

The “Mike Wallace Interviews” show on CBS established Wallace as one of the most probing interrogators on TV. . . . Only once over the years was Wallace truly silenced by a guest’s reply. He had asked radical magazine editor Paul Krassner, “What about all those four letter words in your magazine?” Krassner replied, “Which ones do you mean, Mike?” Wallace was speechless.

David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace,
The People’s Almanac

The road to wisdom? Well it’s plain and simple to express:
Err
and err
and err again,
but less
and less
and less.

Piet Hein

I eat what I eat. Don’t make eating complicated. Rules are made only when food is plentiful; in times of famine, one eats what one can get.

Baba Hari Dass

“Cold honey don’t spread.”

Humboldt in Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow

Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.

Hannah Arendt, on Isaac Dinesen

All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.

Isaac Dinesen

You can’t solve a problem on the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level.

Albert Einstein

“The bottom line is that (a) people are never perfect, but love can be, (b) that is the one and only way that the mediocre and the vile can be transformed, and (c) doing that makes it that. We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love. Wouldn’t that be the way to make love stay?”

(Her lover’s response): “Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words “make” and “stay” become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free.”

Tom Robbins, Still Life With Woodpecker

Whoever loves true life, will love true love.

Elizabeth Barret Browning

It’s a long old road, but I know I’m gonna find the end.

Bessie Smith, “Long Old Road”