"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
  When the soul lies down in that grass,
  the world is too full to talk about.
  Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’
  doesn’t make any sense."
    – Rumi

"He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity’s sun rise."
    – William Blake

"The eye altering, alters all.”
    – William Blake

"We spend so much time thinking about what other people are doing, whether it's right or wrong, assigning judgment! What about our minds? Don't we have things we need to be doing with our own minds? Can we afford to be so external? The world will do as the world does. There's not going to be any drastic change there. There's nothing interesting in the world, but we can look at why we're interested in it and its goings on. Politics are not going to change. We're not going to change it. Nobody is. It's massive. If we can change it, it will be taken from us, and other things will be done with it...things we did not intend. That's political history. So why invest time there?"
    – GAN

"You have lost your reason and taken the wrong path. You have taken lies for truth, and hideousness for beauty. You would marvel if, owing to strange events of some sorts, frogs and lizards suddenly grew on apple and orange trees instead of fruit, or if roses began to smell like a sweating horse; so I marvel at you who exchange heaven for earth. I don't want to understand you.>"
    – Anton Chekhov

"Is that so?"
    – Hakuin

"...we cannot be both against occupation, and for it. We cannot be both for freedom, and against it. And we cannot be for a better world, while contributing to one that is materially worse..."
    – Excerpt from Josh Paul's 10/18/23 U.S. State Department resignation letter

"Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence, when it helps us to see the enemy’s point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves. For from his view we may indeed see the basic weaknesses of our own condition, and if we are mature, we may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition."
    – Martin Luther King

"I think the most important part of this memory culture — that has effectively become memory policy — is the insistence on the singularity of the Holocaust. Singularity to such an extent that it is not permissible to draw any comparisons between Nazi policies and any contemporary policies, the Holocaust and any other contemporary events. The reason that I think this is misguided and dangerous is because the only way we can learn from history is if we compare it to the present. That’s actually our own tool. We’re not any smarter or better or more moral than the people who lived 100 years ago. The only thing that we have that they didn’t have is an awareness that the Holocaust was possible and remains possible. It’s a lesson, not a particularly complicated one."
    – Masha Gessen

"The chief end in life is gratitude, and the only prayer you need ever utter is thank you."
    – Loretta Carmickle

"Praise be to Nero's Neptune
  The Titanic sails at dawn
  And everybody's shouting
  Which Side Are You On?"
    – Dylan

"We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us."
    – Joseph Campbell

"When one does not see what one does not see, one does not even see that one is blind."
    – Daniel Quinn

"Humor allows us to see that ultimately things don't make sense. The only thing that truly makes sense is letting go of anything we continue to hold on to. Our ego-mind and emotions are a dramatic illusion. Of course, we all feel that they're real: my drama, your drama, our confrontations. We create these elaborate scenarios and then react to them. But there is nothing really happening outside our mind! This is karma's cosmic joke. You can laugh about the irony of this, or you can stick with your scenario. It's your choice.""
    – Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

"Everything will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK it’s not the end."
    – Attributed to Oscar Wilde (Among Others)

"The hostile multitudes are vast as space
  What chance is there that all should be subdued?
  Let but this angry mind be overthrown
  And every foe is then and there destroyed."
    – Shantideva

There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
    haughty eyes,
    a lying tongue,
    hands that shed innocent blood,
    a heart that devises wicked schemes,
    feet that are quick to rush into evil,
    a false witness who pours out lies
    and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
    – Proverbs 6:16-19

"The illusion which exalts us is dearer to us than ten thousand truths."
    – Anton Chekhov

"Being immaterial, without location, invisible and without any possible qualification, the Transcendental cannot be known by the five senses, though it is eternally present and has nowhere to hide."
    – Lawrence L. Stentzel III

"I said: what about my eyes?
  He said: Keep them on the road.
  I said: What about my heart?
  He said: Tell me what you hold inside it?
  I said: Pain and sorrow.
  He said: Stay with it. The wound is the place where the Light enters you."
    – Rumi

"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man."
    – Heraclitus

"I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together."
    – John Lennon

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."
    – Albert Einstein

"Welcome to social media. A person who doesn't understand humor, wit, subtlety, double entendre, puns, or exaggerations will contact you shortly."
    – Unattributed

"Nothing you buy will transform the hole into a whole."
    – Unattributed

"The journey of the hero is about the courage to seek the depths; the image of creative rebirth; the eternal cycle of change within us; the uncanny discovery that the seeker is the mystery which the seeker seeks to know."
    – Joseph Campbell

"If you're going through hell, keep going."
    – Winston Churchill

"There is a road, no simple highway
Between the dawn and the dark of night
And if you go, no one may follow
That path is for your steps alone"
    – Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia

"There are no political solutions, only technological ones, the rest is propaganda."
    – Jacques Ellul

"You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness."
    – Terence McKenna

"Perhaps the meaning of our lives are actually not within the scope of our understanding."
    – Tom Chi

"I see the entire illness of our civilization as an ego inflationary illness. We have gone so sick with ego that we are literally murdering the planet rather than confronting the consequences of our psychic imbalance."
    – Terence McKenna

"The danger with hatred is, once you start in on it, you get a hundred times more than you bargained for. Once you start, you can’t stop."
    – Philip Roth

"And what is tribalism but a collective version of ego. It's defensive, it builds walls, it refuses connection."
    – Michael Pollan

"Without gas or without you? Without you. Without light or without you? Without you. Without water or without you? Without you. Without food or without you? Without you,” Cold, hunger, darkness and thirst are not as scary and deadly for us as your ‘friendship and brotherhood'. But history will put everything in its place. And we will be with gas, light, water and food … and without you."
    – Volodymyr Zelensky

"In medicine, we tend to label people in derogatory ways when we don’t truly ‘see’ them — when we don’t know them or understand them. Terms including nonadherence, noncompliance, failed or failure, refuses or refused, and, even combative or argumentative. The process of labeling provides a convenient shortcut that leads some physicians to blame the patient for their illnesses."
    – Dr. Dean Schillinger

"You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can't control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone."
    – Marcus Aurelius

"The best measure of a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back."
    – Abigail Van Buren

"Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road."
    – Voltaire

"Putting words onto paper -- when it is done as an honest act of search or connection, rather than as an act of manipulation, performance, self-aggrandizement or self-protection -- is a holy act."
    – Pat Schneider

"War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength."
    – George Orwell

"Confidence is ignorance. If you're feeling cocky, it's because there's something you don't know."
    – Eoin Colfer

"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge."
    – Daniel J. Boorstin

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
    - Philo

"I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life."
    - Corazon Aquino

"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live."
    - Norman Cousins

"The malice of the wicked was reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous."
    - Winston S. Churchill

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger."
    - Atttributed to Buddha

"No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path."
    - Atttributed to Buddha

"Someone to claim us, someone to follow
Someone to shame us, some brave Apollo
Someone to fool us, someone like you
We want you, Big Brother
Big Brother"
    - David (Robert Jones) Bowie

"The question shouldn't be "Why are you, a Christian, here in a death camp, condemned for trying to save Jews?' The real question is 'Why aren't all the Christians here?'"
    - Joel C. Rosenberg

"The recipe for populism is universal. Find a wound common to many, find someone to blame for it, and make up a good story to tell. Mix it all together. Tell the wounded you know how they feel. That you found the bad guys. Label them: the minorities, the politicians, the businessmen. Caricature them. As vermin, evil masterminds, haters and losers, you name it. Then paint yourself as the savior. Capture the people’s imagination. Forget about policies and plans, just enrapture them with a tale. One that starts with anger and ends in vengeance. A vengeance they can participate in."
    - Andrés Miguel Rondón

"Truth is treason in an empire of lies."
    - Ron Paul

"In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy."
    - George Orwell

"And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation."
    - Khalil Gibran

"Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life."
    - Dalai Lama

"These calls for a return to the good old days seem to imply that these sorts of institutions were bastions of morality in some bygone era when people had more "character;" do we have affirmative evidence of that? Maybe neither the old days nor the current days are so wonderful in terms of protecting the vulnerable from the aggressive. (And the old days apparently gave rise to the current ones, so I'm not sure why we should see the old days as not complicit in whatever is ailing us now.) What will get us to situations in which there are no damaged people to damage more people and in which bystanders are no longer so concerned about their group membership? I don't think it's a character issue, I think it's a failure to move beyond putting our fears and desires first, and to do that I think first we need to understand that there actually is a viable way to live that way. I suspect most of us don't know what that looks like and how to live that way -- that we have lost track of the fact that we have in ourselves another gear we can shift into. I would like to see us move forward to something more helpful, not backwards to a flawed model that got us to where we are right now."
    - Unknown

"In this world of information overload, the benumbed citizen no longer reads or thinks; he watches and feels."
    - William Irwin Thompson

"You owe the companies nothing. You especially don't owe them any courtesy. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don't even start asking for theirs."
    - Bansky

"The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules."
    - Bansky

"There's nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place."
    - Bansky

"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it."
    - George Bernard Shaw

"The law is simple. Every experience is repeated or suffered till you experience it properly and fully the first time."
    - Ben Okri

"Nothing is permanent but change. Character is destiny."
    - Heraclitus of Ephesus

"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats."
    - Howard Aikeny

"I can't understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I'm frightened of old ones."
    - John Cage

"If you don't understand how things are connected, the cause of problems is solutions."
    - Amory B. Lovin