Category Archives: Quotes

Cult

“I want to make it clear we are not a cult. Jerry Garcia was not the messiah. We weren’t gods. We were there every night for the same reason the Deadheads were. We wanted the music to take us to a place of transcendence and elegance. We wanted to reach that group consciousness so we …

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Saint Abbie Hoffman

In this excerpt from Fates Worse Than Death, copyright 1991, Kurt Vonnegut talks about one of my personal heroes, Abbie Hoffman: I mentioned Abbie Hoffman in that piece about books as mantras for meditation. I realize that most people nowadays don’t know who he was or what he did. He was a clowning genius, having …

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Sinners and

“I can be more prompt than the Roman Catholic Church in announcing who is a saint, since I do not require courtroom-style proofs that so-and-so was on at least three occasions capable of magic with the help of God. It is enough for me if a person (like a good anthropologist) easily finds all races …

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Musn’t/Must

“Whenever people say, ‘We musn’t be sentimental,’ you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, ‘We must be realistic,’ they mean they are going to make money out of it.” ~Brigid Brophy

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Arrest the Intention

“If you can watch ‘what’s going on in your mind’ with dispassion, you will become capable of noting when an arising intention develops into an unbeneficial action. The best thing to do, in such a case, is to catch and arrest the unwholesome intention before it can become an unwise action which will be harmful, …

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Magic

“To burn the witch is to admit that magic exists.” ~Erin Anastasia

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Intellectually Agile

“If there was ever a reason to improve the country’s educational systems, just look at where your country is right now. It’s not an intellectually agile majority that got us to this place.” ~Henry Rollins

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Swap

Excerpted from Fates Worse Than Death by Kurt Vonnegut, ©1991: I was willing to believe back in the 1960s that deep meditation as practiced in India might be a way to achieve happiness and wisdom which had not been previously available to people of European and African stock. The Beatles also believed this for a …

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For The Right Reasons

“There’s nothing like the deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.”  ~Stephen Chbosky, Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Not Because / Because

“People complain not because something sucks. People complain because they’re looking for empathy and to feel connected with those around them. Unfortunately, complaining is maybe the least useful way to connect with other human beings.”  ~Mark Manson (via FortySomethingHeyHey)

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How

“Someone once told me that human beings have three dimensions: how you see yourself, how others see you, and how you want others to see you. The closer the distance between the three dimensions, the more at peace you are and the more stable you become.”  ~Marwa Rakha • “How how how how.”  ~ZZ Top …

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Cages

“The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he’s in prison.”  ~Fyodor Dostoevsky

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