"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived, and dishonest -- but the myth -- persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic ... Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." He urged the students to "move on from the reassuring repetition of stale phrases to a new, difficult, but essential confrontation with reality."
------John F. Kennedy

"The kind of forced equality shoved down our throats truly exalts no one. It belittles both the small man and the great man, because it refuses to acknowledge reality. It muddy's the greatness of the great man on one hand, and blinds the potential greatness of the small man to himself."
------- Me

"Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery."
--Henry Miller

"Then all roads lead to the same goal? — Certainly. Then, say you, “All roads are equally good?” Our answer is, “Certainly not!” For it does not follow that because all roads lead to Rome, all are of the same length, the same perfection, or equally safe. The traveller who would walk to Rome must use his own legs — his WILL to arrive there; but should he discard as useless the advice of such as know the way and have been there, and the maps of the countries he has to journey through, he is but a fool, only to be exceeded in his folly by such as try all roads in turn and arrive by none. As with the traveller, so also with the Aspirant..."

—J.F.C. Fuller

“If the faith of the Christian Church has grown weary and has forfeited its worldly dominion, the dominance of its God has not yet disappeared. Rather, its form has been disguised and its claims have hardened beyond recognition. In place of the authority of God and Church looms the authority of conscience, or the dominion of reason, or the God of historical progress, or the social instinct.”

- Martin Heidegger

"......whether the west still dares to create a goal above itself and its history, or whether it prefers to sink to the level of the preservation and enhancement of trade interests and entertainments, to be satisfied with appealing to the status quo as if this were absolute."
----Martin Heidegger

".......Rules are here to serve us, not the other way around."
----an LJ friend, quoting a teacher of his.

"The most effective means of preventing tyranny is to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts."
---------Thomas Jefferson

"Dear brothers and sisters, dear enemies and friends, why are we so alone here?

All we need is a little more hope, a little more joy, all we need is a little more light, a little less weight, a little more freedom.
If we were an army and if we believed that we were an army... and we believed. But everyone was scared.
Little lost children in their grown-up clothes and poses, so we ended up alone here, floating through long wasted days or great tribulations while everything felt wrong...

Good words, strong words, words that could've moved mountains, words that no one ever said: we were all waiting to hear those words, and no one ever said them.
The tactics never hatched, & the plans were never matched and we all learned not to believe.
And strange lonesome monsters loped through the hills wondering why it is best to never ever wonder why...

So tangle, oh tangle us up in bright red ribbons, let's have parade - it's been so long since we had a parade, so let's have a parade. Let's invite all our friends, and all our friends' friends, let's promenade down the boulevards with terrific pride and light in our eyes, twelve feet tall and staggering. Sick with joy, with angels there and light in our eyes.

Brothers and sisters, hope still waits in the wings: a bitter spinster, patient, lonely, and shivering... waiting to build her glorious fires. It's because of our plans, all our beautiful ridiculous plans - let's launch them like green jet planes, let's crash all our plans into the river, let's build strange and ancient machines: This Jericho, waiting to fall."
----A Silver Mt. Zion

"In the Dhammapada, it is suggested that, in order to achieve deliverance, we must be rid of the double yoke of Good and Evil. That Good itself should be one of our fetters we are too spiritually retarded to be able to admit. And so we shall not be delivered."
----The Trouble with Being Born, E.M. Cioran

"'All is within us', purgatory and hell,
Seeds full of will, the white of the inner bark
the rich and the smooth colours,
the foreknowledge of trees,
sense of the blade in seed, to each its pattern.
Germinal, active, latent, full of will,
Later to leap and soar,
willess, serene,
Oh one could change it easy enough in talk.
And no one vision will suit all of us.

Say I have sat then, the low point of the cone,
hollow and reaching out beyond the stars,
reaches and depth, the massive parapets,
Walls whereon chariots went by four abreast"

- Ezra Pound

"In other words, the only reality is that which compels us to connect the various forms of illusion as we do." -------Tao Te Ching

"Presumably all obsessions are extreme metaphors waiting to be born. That whole private mythology, in which I believe totally, is a collaboration between one's conscious mind and those obsessions that, one by one, present themselves as stepping stones."

"[A person¹s] obsessions are as close to reality as you can get."

"My own obsession, which had carried me so far, was all that I had."

"My advice to anyone in any field is to be faithful to your obsessions. Identify them and be faithful to them, let them guide you like a sleepwalker. "

- J. G. Ballard

"The great leap forward poured down upon us one day like a mighty storm, suddenly and furiously blinding our senses. We stood transfixed in blank devotion as our leaders spoke to us, looking down upon our mute faces with a great, raging and unseeing eye.
Like the howling glory of the darkest winds, this voice was thunderous and the words holy, tangling their way around our hearts and clutching our innocent awe.
A message of avarice rained down and carried us away into false dreams of endless riches. "Annihilate the Sparrow, the stealer of seed, and our harvests will abound; we will watch our wealth flood in."
And by our own hand did every last bird lie silent in their puddles, the air barren of song as the clouds drifted away. For killing their greatest enemy, the locusts noisily thanked us and turned their jaws toward our crops, swallowing our greed whole.
Millions starved and we became skinnier and skinnier, while our leaders became fatter and fatter.
Finally as that blazing sun shone down upon us, did we know that true enemy was the voice of blind idolatry; and only then did we begin to think for ourselves."
---Every Red Heart Shines Toward the Red Sun, Red Sparowes

"This is also the case of the experience of the mountain. Those who are irresistibly attracted to the mountains have often only experienced in an emotion a greatness that is beyond their understanding. They have not learned to master a new inner state emerging from the deepest recesses of their beings. Thus, they do not know why they seek increasingly wider horizons, freer skies, tougher peaks; or why, from peak to peak, from wall to wall, and from danger to danger, through their experiences they have become inexplicably disillusioned with everything that, in their ordinary lives, appeared to them as most lively, important and exciting. That which appeals them and moves them is the powerful inner message that is directly evident in everything in the mountains. The mountain can be destructive and is awesome in its greatness, its solitude, its inaccessibility, its silence, the primordial nature of its storms, its immutability through the succession of seasons and the constant formation and dissolution of the cloud banks -all these things should be regarded as intimations of immortality."

-Julius Evola
Meditations on the Peaks

"It appeared to me at the time that I had become a free man because I had managed to establish myself in an area of my being as completely independent of the surrounding forces of society."
----- Klaus Fuchs, after his arrest for giving atomic bomb information to the Soviets; from Brighter than a Thousand Suns

"It's not good enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required."
-----Winston Churchill

"The further a man advances, the less he will have to convert to."
----Emil Cioran

"He who subordinates animal instincts to reason, quickly loses control. Are not the animals we see in circuses trained by torture? And do not the animals reared in love, slay their master? The wise embraces and nourishes all things, but does not act as master. Only when passions are ruled by foreign environment are they dangers."
--------Austin Osman Spare, The Book of Pleasure

“The Last Judgment is an Overwhelming of Bad Art & Science. Mental Things are alone Real; what is call’d Corporeal, Nobody Knows of its Dwelling Place: it is in Fallacy, & its Existence an Imposture. Where is the Existence Out of Mind or Thought? Where is it but in the Mind of a Fool? Some People flatter themselves that there will be No Last Judgment & that Bad Art will be adopted & mixed with Good Art, That Error or Experiment will make a Part of Truth, & they Boast that it is its Foundation; these People flatter themselves: I will not flatter them. Error is Created. Truth is Eternal. Error, or Creation, will be Burned up, & then, & not till Then, Truth or Eternity will appear. It is Burnt up the Moment Men cease to behold it. I assert for My Self that I do not behold the outward Creation & that to me it is hindrance & not Action; it is as the Dirt upon my feet, No part of Me. “What,” it will be Question’d, “When the Sun rises, do you not see a round disk of fire somewhat like a Guinea?” O no, no, I see an innumerable company of the Heavenly host crying “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty.” I question not my Corporeal or Vegetative Eye any more than I would Question a Window concerning Sight. I look thro’ it & not with it”.

------------------------- William Blake, talking about his painting, “A Vision of the Last Judgement”.

"1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;
5 it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
6 it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.
7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
9 For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect;
10 but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.
13 So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

-------------1 Corinthians 13

"Nothing, therefore, of the things which they will say of me have I suffered: nay, that suffering also which I showed unto thee and the rest in the dance, I will that it be called a mystery. For what thou art, thou seest, for I showed it thee; but what I am I alone know, and no man else. Suffer me then to keep that which is mine, and that which is thine behold thou through me, and behold me in truth, that I am, not what I said, but what thou art able to know, because thou art akin thereto. Thou hearest that I suffered, yet did I not suffer; that I suffered not, yet did I suffer; that I was pierced, yet I was not smitten; hanged, and I was not hanged; that blood flowed from me, and it flowed not; and, in a word, what they say of me, that befell me not, but what they say not, that did I suffer. Now what those things are I signify unto thee, for I know that thou wilt understand. Perceive thou therefore in me the praising (al. slaying al. rest) of the (or a) Word (Logos), the piercing of the Word, the blood of the Word, the wound of the Word, the hanging up of the Word, the suffering of the Word, the nailing (fixing) of the Word, the death of the Word. And so speak I, separating off the manhood. Perceive thou therefore in the first place of the Word; then shalt thou perceive the Lord, and in the third place the man, and what he hath suffered."

- Acts of John: 101

"Sometimes when I'm standing on back porch at night I look up at the stars and think I could almost touch them. Then I get up on a chair and give it a try. When that doesn't work I get a broom handle, hoping to knock one down. No luck so far but one day I'll possess Heaven's fire and then no zoning board will be able to tell me where I can and cannot shoot ducks."
------Francesco Marciuliano mocking B.C. comics artist Johnny Hart