I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.
The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
In my sex fantasy, nobody ever loves me for my mind.
There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.
Good habits are worth being fanatical about.
That’s not fickle, that’s change.
Daddy, you should have seen my knee after I fell today. It was all bloody — just like television.
Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace.
Thus, those who say that they would have right without its correlate, wrong, or good government without its correlate, misrule, do not apprehend the great principles of the universe, nor the nature of all creation. One might as well talk of the existence of Heaven without that of Earth, or of the negative principle without the positive, which is clearly impossible. Yet people keep on discussing it without stop; such people must be either fools or knaves.
To punish and destroy the oppresssor is merely to initiate a new cycle of violence and oppression. The only real liberation is that which liberates both the oppressor and the oppressed at the same time from the same tyrannical automatism of the violent process which contains in itself the curse of irreversibility.
It is possible in life to be many things at once.
I have come to the conclusion, after many years of sometimes sad experience, that you cannot come to any conclusion at all.
this wretched willow soul of mine,
patiently enduring, plaited or twisted
by other hands.
Whoever wants to see a brick must look at its pores, and must keep his eyes close to it. But whoever wants to see a cathedral cannot see it as he sees a brick. This demands a respect for distance.