The factors controlling a writer’s popularity are as mysterious and ultimately as unknowable as the number of stars in the sky. ~Samuel R. Delany
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~Lao Tzu
We run toward art as we flee the circumstances that made it possible. ~Tennessee Williams
Everything can change, but not the language that we carry inside us, like a world more exclusive and final than one’s mother’s womb. ~Italo Calvino
Prejudices are what fools use for reason. ~Voltaire
Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE. ~Joss Whedon
There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man’s whole life is a succession of moment after moment. There will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment. ~Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
In reconciling a great injury,
Some injury is sure to remain.
How can this be good?
Therefore the sage holds the left-hand obligation of a contract;
He does not blame others.
The person of virtue attends to the obligation;
The person without virtue attends to the exactions. ~Tao Te Ching
And my current favorite:
I hereby appoint you dissident bodhisattvas in charge of overthrowing the consensual mass hallucination that is mistakenly called “reality,” and replacing it with an authentic reality built on the principles of insurrectionary beauty, ingenious love, reverent justice, and rowdy bliss. ~Rob Brezsny
ROWDY BLISS. I think I’ve found my stripper name.