Timeless Wisdom

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On the Nature of Love:

What is Love, but a compromise between two wishes?
-Blackboard at The Nines

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
-Blackboard at The Nines

When you're by yourself you see the world, but when you're with someone you see yourself.
-Linda Lustig

Chase two rabbits, lose them both.
-Chuang tzu

Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
-Samuel Johnson

I dreamed I had a harem, and they all wanted to talk about the relationship.

Women like quiet men because they think they're listening.
-NY Waste

On the Nature of Existence:

People pay for what they do and still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become.
And they pay for it simply, by the lives they lead.
-James Baldwin

The World weighs, but is not weighed.

The dog writhing in the gutter, its back broken by a passing car, knows what it is to be alive. So too with the aged elk of the far north woods, slowly dying in the bitter cold of winter. The asphalt upon which the dog lies knows no pain. The snow upon which the elk has collapsed knows not the cold. But living beings do.
-George Greenstein

To whom much is given, much is required.
-The Bible

Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
-James Dean

Nothing and no one in the world is valuable or worthless.
-Lao Tzu

Things are only impossible until they're not.
-Jean Luc Picard

The colors of light are infinite through refraction, yet they all come from the same source. Thus I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul, nor fail to identify with the most virtuous.
-13th Dalai Lama

The mind has no existence by itself; it is only the glitter of the sun on the surface of the waters.
-D.H. Lawrence

You are young and full of talent, but even silk ends up in rags.
-M. De Novous

A whale out of water is over-run by ants.
-Lao Tzu

When the hares have all been caught, the hunting dogs are cooked.
-Lao Tzu

One is more likely to receive forgiveness than permission.

The first man to see an illusion by which men have flourished for centuries surely stands in a lonely place.
-Gary Zukav

Get over yourself.
-Bill Maher

Courage is the goal of cowards.
-Alan Watts

All things will be ambiguous, for this is the curse of wisdom.
-Greg Bear

Know what you do not know.

If you have integrity, nothing else matters.
And if you don't have integrity, nothing else matters.

Science seeks ways to make us live forever.
Wisdom knows that we cannot, and seeks ways to die well.

There is a crack in everything God has made.

He who's not busy bein' born, is busy dyin'.
-Bob Dylan

Always expect the unexpected. And if possible, BE the unexpected.
-Lynda Barry, Cruddy

The monkey with the most meat wins.
-Lynda Barry, Cruddy

The older you get, the better you realize you were.
-NY Waste

I doubt, therefore I might be.
-NY Waste

Necessity is our quickest excuse.
-Ben Franklin

On the Nature of Violence:

Every man has a devil inside, and you can't rest until you find him.

Man is the poet who kills, Woman the angel who eats.
-Greg Bear

Those who beat their swords into plowshares, will plow for those who didn't.
-Blackboard at The Nines

Struggle is gruesome only for the weak.
-Adolf Hitler

Who says that I am not under the special protection of god?
-Adolf Hitler

In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity.
-Winston Churchill

Always watch the hands. The hands will tell you everything you need to know.
-Lynda Barry, Cruddy

No weapon is sharper than will.
-Lao Tzu

Give fear no hold on you. Keep sinews loose and senses open, ready at every instant to flow with the rush of action.
Calm. Alert. Supple.
-Poul Anderson

On the Nature of Dissipation:

To be intoxicated is to feel sophisticated but not be able to say it.
-NY Waste

Porno is literature you read with one hand.
-NY Waste

I tried to kick, but running seemed better.
-Kieth Richards

Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day.
Teach him how to fish, and he'll sit in a boat drinking beer all day.
-NY Waste

A fool and his money are soon partying.
-NY Waste

A dog has no shame. If he can do it, you can watch.
-George Carlin

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I like night so much I'd throw a blanket over day.
True, crickets don't work. But ants don't sing.
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