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“Every one of us is called upon, perhaps many times, to start a new life.

A frightening diagnosis, a marriage, a move, loss of a job… .

And onward full-tilt we go,

pitched and wrecked and absurdly resolute,

driven in spite of everything to make good on a new shore.

To be hopeful,

to embrace one possibility after another-that is surely the basic instinct… .

Crying out: High tide! Time to move out into the glorious debris.

Time to take this life for what it is.”

[ Barbara KingsolverHightide In Tucson: Essays From Now Or Never ]

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“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned

so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

[ Joseph Campbell ]

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“I know I have the best of time and space – and that I was never measured,

and never will be measured.”

[ Walt WhitmanLeaves of GrassSong of Myself (46) ]

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“Aus Lügen, die wir glauben, werden Wahrheiten, mit denen wir leben.”

“Lies which we believe turn into truths with which we live.”

[ Oliver Hassencamp; – roughly translated by yours truly ]

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“L’homme est libre au moment qu’il veut l’être.”


“The moment man wants to be free he is (free).”


François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire ; – with rough translation by yours truly ]

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“People who ask our advice almost never take it.


Yet we should never refuse to give it,

upon request,

for it often helps us to see our own way more clearly.”


[ Dr. Brendan Francis Brown ]

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“I can believe things that are true

and things that aren’t true

and I can believe things where nobody knows if they’re true or not.

I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny

and the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe and Elvis and Mister Ed.


Listen – I believe that people are perfectable, that knowledge is infinite,

that the world is run by secret banking cartels

and is visited by aliens on a regular basis,

nice ones that look like wrinkled lemurs

and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women.


I believe that the future sucks

and I believe that the future rocks

and I believe that one day

White Buffalo Woman is going to come back

and kick everyone’s ass.


I believe that all men are just overgrown boys

with deep problems communicating

and that the decline in good sex in America

is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state.


I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks

and I still believe that they are better than the alternative.


I believe that California is going to sink into the sea

when the big one comes,

while Florida is going to dissolve into madness

and alligators

and toxic waste.


I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance

to dirt and disease

so that one day

we’ll all be wiped out by the common cold

like martians in War of the Worlds.


I believe that the greatest poets of the last century

were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis,

that jade is dried dragon sperm,

and that thousands of years ago

in a former life

I was a one-armed Siberian shaman.


I believe that mankind’s destiny lies in the stars.


I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid,


that it’s aerodynamically impossible for a bumble bee to fly,


that light is a wave and a particle,


that there’s a cat in a box somewhere who’s alive and dead at the same time

(although if they don’t ever open the box to feed it

it’ll eventually just be two different kinds of dead),


and that there are stars in the universe

billions of years older than the universe itself.


I believe in a personal god who cares about me

and worries

and oversees everything I do.

I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion

and went off to hang with her girlfriends

and doesn’t even know that I’m alive.

I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos,

background noise,

and sheer blind luck.

I believe that anyone who says sex is overrated just hasn’t done it properly.


I believe that anyone who claims to know what’s going on will lie about the little things too.

I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies.


I believe in a woman’s right to choose,

a baby’s right to live,

that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty

if you can trust the legal system implicitly,

and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system

with anything of relative importance;

much less matters of life and death.


I believe that life is a game,

that life is a cruel joke,

and that life is what happens when you’re alive

and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”


[ Neil GaimanAmerican Gods ]

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“Be like water making its way through cracks.


Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it.

If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water.

If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup.

You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle.

You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot.


Now, water can flow or it can crash.


Be water, my friend.”


[ Bruce Lee née Lee Jun-fan ]

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“Facts and information are the nourishment, the lifeblood, the raison d’etre,

and also the bane and despair of librarians and researchers.”


Kee Malesky All Facts Considered: The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge ]