Just as there is no loss of

Just as there is no loss of basic energy in the universe, so no thought or action is without its effects, present or ultimate, seen or unseen, felt or unfelt.  ~Norman Cousins

When i break any of the chains

When I break any of the chains that bind me I feel that I make myself smaller.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

The charm of history and its enigmatic

The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.  ~Aldous Huxley

Our greatest pretenses are built up not

Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness.  The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.  ~Eric Hoffer, Passionate State of Mind, 1955PMB

If i am not pleased with myself

If I am not pleased with myself, but should wish to be other than I am, why should I think highly of the influences which have made me what I am?  ~John Lancaster SpaldingCUL

In a mist the heights can for

In a mist the heights can for the most part see each other; but the valleys cannot.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827TPV

We waste a lot of time running

We waste a lot of time running after people we could have caught by just standing still.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960CDN, TPV

The observer when he seems to himself

The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself.  ~Bertrand Russell FD

To know the hight sic of a

To know the hight [sic] of a mountain, one must climb it.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

The road was new to me as

The road was new to me, as roads always are going back.  ~Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country Road of Pointed Firs, 1896LCD

Alice came to a fork in the

Alice came to a fork in the road.  "Which road do I take?" she asked.
"Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat.
"I don’t know," Alice answered.
"Then," said the cat, "it doesn’t matter."
~Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

You become responsible forever for what youve

"People have forgotten this truth," the fox said.  "But you mustn’t forget it.  You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed."  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943, translated from French by Richard HowardGPA

When a watch goes ill it is

When a watch goes ill, it is not enough to move the hands; you must set the regulator.  When a man does ill, it is not enough to alter his handiwork, you must regulate his heart.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827TPV

The moment a little boy is concerned

The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.  ~Eric Berne

I tell you everything that is really

I tell you everything that is really nothing, and nothing of what is everything, do not be fooled by what I am saying.  Please listen carefully and try to hear what I am not saying.  ~Charles C. Finn

If i make the lashes dark and

If I make the lashes dark
And the eyes more bright
And the lips more scarlet,
Or ask if all be right
From mirror after mirror,
No vanity’s displayed:
I’m looking for the face I had
Before the world was made.
~W.B. YeatsOPV

One day someone showed me a glass

One day, someone showed me a glass of water that was half full.  And he said, "Is it half full or half empty?"  So I drank the water.  No more problem.  ~Alexander JodorowskyFD

You can see a lot by just

You can see a lot by just looking.  ~Yogi Berra, also often quoted as "You can observe a lot by just looking." (original wording as yet unverified)

If a man will begin with certainties

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.  ~Francis Bacon

Seeking is not always the way to

Seeking is not always the way to find.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827TPV

He who has seen present things all

He who has seen present things has seen all, both everything which has taken place from all eternity and everything which will be for time without end; for all things are of one kin and of one form.  ~Marcus AureliusQSCI

The human mind is inspired enough when

The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish.  ~Evelyn Waugh

When they go fishing it is not

When they go fishing, it is not really fish they are after.  It is a philosophic meditation.  ~E.T. Browncommonly misattributed to Henry David Thoreau as Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. =or= Many men fish all their lives without ever realizing that it is not the fish they are after. Misquotation. By Michael Baughman in his A River Seen Right (Lyons Press, 1995) p. 156, in which he wrote, clearly paraphrasing and not quoting: “I think it was in Walden where he wrote that a lot of men fish all their lives without ever realizing that fish isn’t really what they?re after.” Baughman may have been paraphrasing from Thoreau’s Journal, January 26, 1853: “It is remarkable that many men will go with eagerness to Walden Pond in the winter to fish for pickerel and yet not seem to care for the landscape. Of course it cannot be merely for the pickerel they may catch; there is some adventure in it; but any love of nature which they may feel is certainly very slight and indefinite. They call it going a-fishing, and so indeed it is, though perchance, their natures know better. Now I go a-fishing and a-hunting every day, but omit the fish and the game, which are the least important part. I have learned to do without them. They were indispensable only as long as I was a boy. I am encouraged when I see a dozen villagers drawn to Walden Pond to spend a day in fishing through the ice, and suspect that I have more fellows than I knew, but I am disappointed and surprised to find that they lay so much stress on the fish which they catch or fail to catch, and on nothing else, as if there were nothing else to be caught.” walden.org/Library/Quotations/The_Henry_D._Thoreau_Mis-Quotation_Page (Thanks, Walden Woods Project, walden.org)

The world always makes the assumption that

The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth – that the error and truth are simply opposite.  They are nothing of the sort.  What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one.  ~H.L. Mencken

You are fastened to them and cannot

You are fastened to them and cannot understand how, because they are not fastened to you.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

The unreal is more powerful than the

The unreal is more powerful than the real…. Because it’s only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last.  Stone crumbles.  Wood rots.  People, well, they die.  ~Chuck Palahniuk, Choke