And So It Goes

“Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly; Man got to sit and wonder, ‘Why, why, why?’ Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land; Man got to tell himself he understand.”

Kurt Vonnegut

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

Kurt Vonnegut

Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors. Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.


You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think.

A Course in Miracles

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

Henry David Thoreau

“Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than material force, that thoughts rule the world.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nirvana or lasting enlightenment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persistent exercise of real love.”

M. Scott Peck

“You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.”

Anatole France

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.

Mother Teresa

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

Albert Einstein

I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.

Kurt Vonnegut

“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.”

Ram Dass

Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.

Mother Teresa

“I don’t know Who — or what — put the question, I don’t know when it was put. I don’t even remember answering. But at some moment I did answer Yes to Someone –or Something –and from that hour I was certain that existence is meaningful and that, therefore, my life, in self-surrender, had a goal.”

Hammarskjold, Dag

What you are looking for is what is looking.

By St. Francis of Assisi

Man’s nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been know to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.

Mohandas Gandhi

“Every effort for progress, for enlightenment, for science, for religious, political, and economic liberty, emanates from the minority, and not from the mass”

Emma Goldman

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.

Kurt Vonnegut

“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.”

Stephen R. Covey

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”

Helen Keller

“How much truth can a spirit bear, how much truth can a spirit dare? … that became for me more and more the real measure of value.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light but making the darkness conscious.”

Carl Gustav Jung

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

Albert Einstein

All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.

Henry David Thoreau

“Every body continues in its state of rest, or of uniform motion in a right line, unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed upon it.”

Sir Isaac Newton

We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap.

Kurt Vonnegut

If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.

Mohandas Gandhi


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  1. “Send someone to fetch a child of five.”

    Groucho Marx


    • Edger on August 25, 2010 at 02:58

    Sheesh. There are millions of people out there valiantly trying to maintain their illusions.

    Video here: FDA Approves Depressant Drug For The Annoyingly Cheerful.

    Be sure to ask your doctor if Despondex is right for you. 😉

  2. are you makin fun of me?!??! lol I was just thinking about how ‘speechless’ Ive been lately, Im down to quotes and pics and…. sighs…. much of the time. lol

    you grabbed some of the better Vonnegut ones I ran across the other night. .. this one really made me laugh… ha!

    True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.


    • RUKind on August 25, 2010 at 04:11

    Every animal knows more than you do.

        Native American Proverb (Nez Perce)

    If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of he game, the stakes, and the quitting time.

        Chinese proverb

    In the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed are kings

        Macedonian Proverb

    Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way.

        Native American Proverb (Blackfoot)

    Never advise anyone to go to war or to marry.

        Spanish Proverb

    Vision without action is a daydream. Action with without vision is a nightmare.

        Japanese Proverb

  3. Turning and turning in the widening gyre

       The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

       Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

       Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

       The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

       The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

       The best lack all conviction, while the worst

       Are full of passionate intensity.

    -William Butler Yeats

  4. is from my favorite book by Kurt, ‘Mother Night’.  I think it’s his greatest work and one of the literary masterpieces of the last century.

    It should be required reading for all.

  5. is the only reason a lot of us are still alive. Dark days these and I thought the sky would part and angels would come down once we elected Obama and the Dems. were the Hard to remain positive when you have no where to go and nothing really matters as it’s all come down to the same old really scary other’s will kill yer family or bankers will fall on you so vote for me. I like your new stuff and am hoping you will keep it coming. I’m looking over a four leaf clover that I over looked before. Positive and some real light are a scarcity that we all need.  

    • TomP on August 25, 2010 at 21:15

    “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

    Kurt Vonnegut

    Also from Baba Ram Dass:

    When a pickpocket meets a saint, all he sees are pockets.”

    Baba Ram Dass, quoting Hari Dass Baba, in Be Here Now (1974)

    More context:

    Hari Dass Baba was my teacher. I was taught by this man with a chalkboard in the most terse way possible. I would get up early, take my bath in the river or out of a pail with a lota (a bowl). I would go in and do my breathing exercises, my pranayam and my hatha yoga, meditate, study, and around 11 :30 in the morning, this man would arrive and with chalkboard he would write something down:

    If a pickpocket meets a saint, he sees only his pockets.”

    Then he’d get up and leave. Or he’d write,

    If you wear shoeleather, the whole earth is covered with leather.”

    These were his ways of teaching me about how motivation affects perception. His teaching seemed to be no teaching because he always taught from within … that is, his lessons aroused in me just affirmation … as if I knew it all already.

    When starting to teach me about what it meant to be ‘ahimsa’ or non-violent, and the effect on the environment around you of the vibrations — when he started to teach me about energy and vibrations, his opening statement was “Snakes Know Heart.” “Yogis in jungle need not fear.” Because if you’re pure enough, cool it, don’t worry. But you’ve got to be very pure.

    So his teaching was of this nature. And it was not until a number of months later that I got hold of Vivekananda’s book “Raja Yoga” and I realized that he had been teaching me Raja Yoga, very systematically an exquisite scientific system that had been originally enunciated somewhere between 500 BC and 500 AD by Patanjali, in a set of sutras, or phrases, and it’s called Ashtanga Yoga, or 8-limbed yoga and also known as Raja or Kingly yoga. And this beautiful yogi was teaching me this wisdom with simple metaphor and brief phrase.

  6. stuff like Emma G and Henry David, but not really follow what was said?

    Emma was not the strongly worded letter type.

    Emma was an anarchist who went to jail. And a tough one.

    Henry David Thoreau was anarchistic  too, and a war tax resister.  

    I haven’t seen any calls around here for those things, though there damn well should be.

    Gandi was tough as nails too, in his way.

    The fact is that if someone posted Emma’s actual ideas online as if they were their own, substituting modern names for old ones, they would be banned by almost all of the US blogs.

    Including this one.

    It’s hypocrisy.

    And it shows how far we’ve devolved in terms of tolerance for free speech, and proves again there is no real left in America.

    This is not intended to blast Buddy, because pulling quotes like that is so common.  But really, how weak have we become in comparison to those that we quote?

    How come we aren’t at the least supporting today’s heros ? Those who are war tax resisters today ?

    The soldiers that fled the wars get no mention here, or almost anywhere else.

    Todays war tax resisters have never been linked here:

    They have a Henry David quote on their site–I suspect they deserve it.


    And they have this:

    So, Emma’s spirt does survive.

    But maybe it’s more acceptable to pull a quote from 90 years ago, than work for what that person wanted would have wanted today.  

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