quotes

What if the point of life has nothing to do with the creation of an ever-expanding region of control? What if the point is not to keep at bay all those people, beings, objects and emotions that we so needlessly fear? What if the point instead is to let go of that control? What if the point of life, the primary reason for existence, is to lie naked with your lover in a shady grove of trees? What if the point is to taste each other’s sweat and feel the delicate pressure of finger on chest, thigh on thigh, lip on cheek? What if the point is to stop, then, in your slow movements together, and listen to the birdsong, to watch the dragonflies hover, to look at your lover’s face, then up at the undersides of leaves moving together in the breeze? What if the point is to invite these others into your movement, to bring trees, wind, grass, dragonflies into your family and in so doing abandon any attempt to control them? What if the point all along has been to get along, to relate, to experience things on their own terms? What if the point is to feel joy when joyous, love when loving, anger when angry, thoughtful when full of thought? What if the point from the beginning has been to simply be? -Derrick Jensen

Our lives are not as limited as we think they are; the world is a wonderfully weird place; consensual reality is significantly flawed; no institution can be trusted, but love does work; all things are possible; and we all could be happy and fulfilled if we only had the guts to be truly free and the wisdom to shrink our egos and quit taking ourselves so damn seriously. -Tom Robbins

You should never hesitate to trade your cow for a handful of magic beans. -Tom Robbins

If you believe in peace, act peacefully; if you believe in love, acting lovingly; if you believe every which way, then act every which way, that’s perfectly valid – but don’t go out trying to sell your beliefs to the system. You end up contradicting what you profess to believe in, and you set a bum example. If you want to change the world, change yourself. -Tom Robbins

Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words “make” and “stay” become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free. -Tom Robbins

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. To watch. To try and understand. To never look away. -Arundhati Roy

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. -Khalil Gibran

In my religion, there would be no exclusive doctrine; all would be love, poetry, and doubt. – Cyril Connolly

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built up against it. -Jalal ad-Din Rumi

What difference is it to me if a decision is forced upon me by a dictator or by half of my neighbors? Either way my right to free, peaceful action has been nullified. –Stephen H. Foerster

There is nothing but God, nothing but the Goddess, nothing but Spirit in all directions, and not a grain of sand, not a speck of dust, is more or less Spirit than any other. -Ken Wilber

You mustn’t force sex to do the work of love or love to do the work of sex. -Mary McCarthy

I am the woman of an ancient master to whom I swore eternal devotion. I am a woman of colored glass through whom passes every changing with colors. I am the woman of No One and perhaps I am not even a woman. -Matilde Jones

The way out of the dehumanizing effects of modern capitalism and industrialism is not to change the system but to read good books. -Thomas Moore

Art is an attempt to integrate evil. -Simone de Bouvier

You laugh at me because I am different but I laugh at you because you’re all the same. -Anonymous

Vanity and happiness are incompatible. -Glenn Close, from the movie Dangerous Liaisons

Psychosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity. -Sigmund Freud

Conflict is over-identification with one side of any given system. -Ken Wilber

I was born to the god of love. I will never beg again, not for the slightest thing. -Deepak Chopra, from the book The daughters of joy: An adventure of the heart

What is salvation at one moment becomes a new set of chains at the next. -Ken Wilber

Wisdom is knowing that I am nothing. Love is knowing that I am everything. Between the two my life moves. -Nisargadatta Maharaj

You’ve been walking in circles, searching.  Don’t just drink by the water’s edge.  Throw yourself in.  Become the water.  Only then will your thirst end. –Jeannette Berson

Politics is not the art of running a country; it is the art of persuading the people that they need a set of paid politicians to run the country.                                              –Tom Hodgkinson, from The freedom manifesto: How to free yourself from anxiety, fear, mortgages, money, guilt, debt, government, boredom, supermarkets, bills, melancholy, pain, depression, work, and waste

What is Christianity but a two-bit protection racket?  Good cop/bad cop.  The son, our blessed saviour, saving us from what?  From his psychotic freakshow father who’s hellbent on burning us alive forever.  What kind of twisted fuck thinks this stuff up?  What kind of pathetic slob falls for it?  My kind.  Me.  I did. –Julie, from Spiritually incorrect enlightenment

The present is not a series of events.  It’s one event.  There is only one moment, and that moment is right now. –’Billy Pronto’, from Tony Vigorito’s Nine kinds of naked

Take responsibility for your choices.  You choose your reactions and your life is no one else’s fault but your own. –’Billy Pronto’, from Tony Vigorito’s Nine kinds of naked

We live in two worlds at the same time.  We live in the relative world of polarity.  Here, there.  Now, then.  Yes, no.  We also live in the absolute world – no polarity, only presence.  Both are true and incomplete.  It is when we transcend and fully integrate/embody both that we are present to polarity and unity.  This allows me to be fully present to both and all. -Alan Davidson

Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people. -Socrates

Being able to honestly assess ourselves and our lives allows us to make changes that improve our overall reality. We realize that we are the creators of our reality and do not need to look to anyone else as the source for any dissatisfaction we may be experiencing. -Anonymous

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. -Friedrich Nietzsche

I do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; I seek the things they sought. -Basho

I don’t mean to be crude, but it appears that testosterone basically has two, and only two major drives: fuck it or kill it. -Ken Wilber

The way you make love is the way that God will be with you. -Jalal ad-Din Rumi

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. -Jalal ad-Din Rumi

The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear. -Jiddu Krishnamurti

The problem is that democracy is not freedom. Democracy is simply majoritarianism, which is inherently incompatible with real freedom. Our founding fathers clearly understood this. –Ron Paul

I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it. -Harry Emerson Forsdick

I support ALL voluntary/non-harmful/non-fraudulent interactions between people. It’s time we got all up OUT of each other’s business, because strapped to the business-end of every law we create is a gun and a cage. – Liz De Foe-Thomas

If you suppose that good intentions justify intruding on the lives and properties of your fellow citizens: do you appreciate being the target of somebody else’s good intentions, or haven’t you had that particular dubious pleasure yet? -Cat Farmer

Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans as members of groups rather than individuals. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called “diversity” actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racist. We should understand that racism will endure until we stop thinking in terms of groups and begin thinking in terms of INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY. -Ron Paul

We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love. -Tom Robbins

Suppose neutral angels were able to talk, Yahweh and Lucifer – God and Satan, to use their popular titles – into settling out of court. What would be the terms of the compromise? Specifically, how would they divide the assets of their early kingdom? Would God be satisfied the loaves and fishes and itty-bitty thimbles of Communion wine, while Satan to have the red-eye gravy, eighteen-ounce New York Steaks, and buckets of chilled champagne? Would God really accept twice-a-month lovemaking for procreative purposes and give Satan the all night, no-holds-barred, nasty “can’t-get-enough-of-you” hot-as-hell-fucks? Think about it. Would Satan get New Orleans, Bangkok, and the French Riviera and God get Salt Lake City? Satan get ice hockey, God get horseshoes? God get bingo, Satan get stud poker? Satan get LSD; God, Prozac? God get Neil Simon; Satan Oscar Wilde? -Tom Robbins (this here quote alone would be reason enough for me to love this man.)

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