Clippings

Bits and pieces of writings that I have collected from books and other writings everywhere wherever I found htem on the internet or elsewhere.

Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.

Kurt Vonnegut

When the self is understood as relational, interdependent, even inter-existent, then it bleeds over into the other, and the other bleeds over into the self. Understanding the self as a locus of consciousness in a matrix of relationship, one no longer searches for an enemy as the key to understanding every problem, but looks instead for imbalances in relationships. The War on Death gives way to the quest to live well and fully, and we see that fear of death is actually fear of life. How much of life will we forego to stay safe?

Charles Einsenstein

Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished

Daniel Gilbert

Don’t open your diamonds in a vegetable market. Tie them in bundle and keep them in your heart, and go your own way.

Kabir

To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities—I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished: I have no pity for them, because I wish them the only thing that can prove today whether one is worth anything or not—that one endures.

Friedrich Nietzsche

In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized, through it all, that in the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger something better, pushing right back.

Albert Camus

Of course I suffer. Who doesn’t? But I don’t feel I’ve become a better artist because of my suffering, but because of my willpower, and the way I worked on myself.

Francis Bacon

Des hommes et des sociétés se sont succédé là; des conquérants ont marqué ce pays avec leur civilisation de sous-officiers. Ils se faisaient une idée basse et ridicule de la grandeur et mesuraient celle de leur Empire à la surface qu'il couvrait. Le miracle, c'est que les ruines de leur civilisation soient la négation même de leur idéal.

Noces suivi de l'été - Albert Camus

To terror succeeded a languor and lassitude not without charm — passivity, acquiescence, indulgence — he felt, as it were, the strong caress of another will flowing over him like water and clothing him with invisible hands in an impalpable garment.

Count Eric Stanislaus Stenbock, from The Other Side: A Breton Legend

We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is change in the content of the information; the message has changed. This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in fact this is all we are doing.

Philip K. Dick, VALIS

Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.

Robert Benchley

Only that which can change can continue.

James P Carse (Finite and Infinite Games)

A finite game is a game you play to win, and an infinite game is a game you play to continue the play. An infinite player has the talent of seeing when someone is about to lose, and is able to either change the rules or otherwise find a way of getting that person back into the play.

James P Carse (Finite and Infinite Games)