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The Wellspring Library Quotations Page


In no particular order, some famous; some infamous; some neither:


"Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low-vaulted past!
Let each new temple, nobler than the last,
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,
Till thou at length art free,
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life's unresting sea!" [More]

—Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809 – 1894
The Chambered Nautilus

"I live for your discovery of me. It is my highest expression of my love for you, and while you search for my shadows in the stories of your world, I, the indelible, invisible light, grow increasingly visible. Imagine the furthest point in space – beneath a black portal, cast in some distant galaxy, and then multiply this distance by the highest numeric value you know. Congratulations, you have measured an atom of my body.

"Do you realize how I am unfathomable? I am not what you can know, or see, or understand. I am outside comprehension. My vastness makes me invisible and unavoidable. There is nowhere you can be without me. My absence does not exist. It is this very nature that makes me unique. I am First Cause and Last Effect connected in an undivided chain.

"There is no supplication that stirs me. No prayer that invites me further into your world unless it is attended with the feeling of unity and wholeness. There is no temple or sacred object that touches me. They do not, nor have they ever brought you closer to my outstretched hand. My presence in your world is unalterable for I am the sanctuary of both the cosmos and the one soul inside you."

"Still seems it strange, that thou shouldst live forever? Is it less strange, that thou shouldst live at all? This is a miracle; and that no more."

—Edward Young, 1683 – 1765

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream, you can begin it. Boldness has genius, magic and power in it. Begin it now."

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749 – 1832

"The Antiseptic Baby and the Prophylactic Pup
Were playing in the garden when the Bunny gamboled up;
They looked upon the Creature with a loathing undisguised; –
It wasn't Disinfected and it wasn't Sterilized.

"They said it was a Microbe and a Hotbed of Disease;
They steamed it in a vapor of a thousand-odd degrees;
They froze it in a freezer that was cold as Banished Hope
And washed it in permanganate with carbolated soap.

"In sulphurated hydrogen they steeped its wiggly ears;
They trimmed its frisky whiskers with a pair of hard-boiled shears;
They donned their rubber mittens and they took it by the hand
And elected it a member of the Fumigated Band.

"There's not a Micrococcus in the garden where they play;
They bathe in pure iodoform a dozen times a day;
And each imbibes his rations from a Hygienic Cup –
The Bunny and the Baby and the Prophylactic Pup."

—Arthur Guiterman, 1871 – 1943
Strictly Germ-proof

"Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy."

—Robert A. Heinlein, 1907 – 1988

  • "There is a criterion by which you can judge whether the thoughts you are thinking and the things you are doing are right for you. That criterion is, Have they brought you inner peace? If they have not, there is something wrong with them – so keep trying."

  • "If you want to teach people, young or old, you must start where they are – at their level of understanding. If you see that they are already beyond your level of understanding, let them teach you. Since steps toward spiritual advancement are taken in such varied order, most of us can teach one another."

  • "What people really suffer from is immaturity. Among mature people war would not be a problem – it would be impossible. In their immaturity people want, at the same time, peace and the things which make war. However, people can mature just as children grow up. Yes, our institutions and our leaders reflect our immaturity, but as we mature we will elect better leaders and set up better institutions. It always comes back to the thing so many of us wish to avoid – working to improve ourselves!"

Peace Pilgrim, 1908 – 1981

  • "All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets."
       —Christianity, Matthew 7:12

  • "Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful."
       —Buddhism, Udana-Varga 5:18

  • "Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss."
       —Taoism, T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien

  • "What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary."
       —Judaism, Talmud, Shabbat 31a

  • "This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you."
       —Brahmanism, Mahabharata 5:1517

  • "Surely it is the maxim of loving kindness: Do not unto others what you would not have done unto you."
       —Confucianism, Analects 15:23

  • "That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself."
       —Zoroastrianism, Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5

  • "No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself."
       —Islam, Sunnah

  • "And harm ye none, do as ye will."
       —Wiccan Rede

  • "If your sister cooks for you using a broken pot, do the same for her."
       —Kipsigis people of Kenya

  • "Don't do evil to others, for if you do, you will pay for it here on earth."
       —Kikuyu people of Kenya

  • "Whenever a person breaks a stick in the forest, let him consider what it would feel like if it were himself." (that was thus broken)


    "As sensitive to pain are rats' little ones, so sensitive to pain are birds' little ones."
       —Yoruba people of West Africa

  • "In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self, and should therefore refrain from inflicting upon others such injury as would appear undesirable to us if inflicted upon ourselves."
       —Jainism, Yoga-'Sastra

  • "As thou deemest thyeslf so deem others."
       —Sikhism, Guru Nának

  • "O Son of Being! Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldest not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which thou doest not. This is My command unto thee do thou observe it."
       —The Bahá'í Faith, Baha'u'll-ah

"The Golden Rule Across Religions"

  • "Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space."

  • "It is an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem. For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much – the wheel, New York, wars and so on – while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man – for precisely the same reasons."

  • "The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why and Where phases.

    "For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question How can we eat? the second by the question Why do we eat? and the third by the question Where shall we have lunch?"

  • "He had found a NutriMatic machine which had provided him with a plastic cup filled with a liquid that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea."

—Douglas Adams, 1952 – 2001
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

"'T is not by guilt the onward sweep
    Of truth and right, O Lord, we stay;
'T is by our follies that so long
    We hold the earth from heaven away.

"'These clumsy feet, still in the mire,
    Go crushing blossoms without end;
These hard, well-meaning hands we thrust
    Among the heart-strings of a friend.

"'The ill-timed truth we might have kept –
    Who knows how sharp it pierced and stung?
The word we had not sense to say –
    Who knows how grandly it had rung!'" [More]

—Edward Rowland Sill, 1841 – 1887
The Fool's Prayer

"A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play, his labour and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing and leaves others to determine whether he is 'working' or 'playing.' To himself, he always seems to be doing both."


"The important thing is this: to be able at a moment's notice to sacrifice what we are for what we could become."

—Charles du Bos, 1882 – 1939

"If we only listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair, a friendship, or go into business, because we'd be cynical. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down."

—Ray Bradbury, 1920 –

"On the surface of the world right now there is war and violence, and things seem dark. But calmly and quietly, at the same time, something else is happening underground. An inner revolution is taking place and certain individuals are being called to a higher light. It is a silent revolution. From the inside out. From the ground up. This is a Global Operation. A Spiritual Conspiracy. There are sleeper cells in every nation on the planet. You won't see us on the TV. You won't read about us in the newspaper. You won't hear about us on the radio. We don't seek any glory. We don't wear any uniform.

"We come in all shapes and sizes, colors and styles. Most of us work anonymously. We are quietly working behind the scenes in every country and culture of the world, cities big and small, mountains and valleys, in farms and villages, tribes and remote islands. You could pass by one of us on the street and not even notice. We go undercover, we remain behind the scenes. It is of no concern to us who takes the final credit, but simply that the work gets done. Occasionally we spot each other in the street. We give a quiet nod and continue on our way. During the day many of us pretend we have normal jobs, but behind the false storefront at night is where the real work takes place. Some call us the Conscious Army. We are slowly creating a new world with the power of our minds and hearts. We follow, with passion and joy.

"Our orders come from the Central Spiritual Intelligence. We are dropping soft, secret love bombs when no one is looking. Poems — Hugs — Music — Photography — Movies — Kind Words — Smiles — Meditation and Prayer — Dance — Social Activism — Websites — Blogs — Random Acts of Kindness. . . . We each express ourselves in our own unique ways, with our own unique gifts and talents.

"Be the change you want to see in the world. That is the motto that fills our hearts. We know it is the only way real transformation takes place. We know that quietly and humbly we have the power of all the oceans combined. Our work is slow and meticulous. Like the formation of mountains, it is not even visible at first glance. And yet with it entire tectonic plates shall be moved in the centuries to come.

"Love is the new religion of the 21st century. You don't have to be a highly educated person or have any exceptional knowledge to understand it. It comes from the intelligence of the heart, embedded in the timeless evolutionary pulse of all human beings. Be the change you want to see in the world. Nobody else can do it for you. We are now recruiting. Perhaps you will join us, or already have. . . . All are welcome. The door is open."

—Brian Piergrossi

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

—Mohandâs Karamchand Gandhi, 1869 – 1948

Instructions For Life

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

  2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

  3. Follow the three R's:
    • Respect for self,
    • Respect for others, and
    • Responsibility for all your actions.

  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

  6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.

  7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

  8. Spend some time alone every day.

  9. Open arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

  10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

  11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

  12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

  13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

  14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

  15. Be gentle with the Earth.

  16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

  17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

  18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to achieve it.

  19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

—The Dalai Lama, 2005

International Day of Peace
Peace Day, September 21
Thirteen Peace Prayers

  • Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
    Where there is hatred . . . let me sow love
    Where there is injury . . . pardon
    Where there is doubt . . . faith
    Where there is despair . . . hope
    Where there is darkness . . . light
    Where there is sadness . . . joy
    Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
    To be consoled . . . as to console
    To be understood . . . as to understand,
    To be loved . . . as to love
    For it is in giving . . . that we receive,
    It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned,
    It is in dying . . . that we are born to eternal life.
    The Prayer of St. Francis

  • Be generous in prosperity,
    and thankful in adversity.
    Be fair in judgment,
    and guarded in thy speech,
    Be a lamp unto those who walk
    in darkness, and a home
    to the stranger.
    Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light
    unto the feet of the erring.
    Be a breath of life to the body of
    humankind, a dew to the soil of
    the human heart,
    and a fruit upon the tree of humility.
    Baha'i Prayer for Peace

  • May all beings everywhere plagued
    with sufferings of body and mind
    quickly be freed from their illnesses.
    May those frightened cease to be afraid,
    and may those bound be free.
    May the powerless find power,
    and may people think of befriending one another.
    May those who find themselves in trackless,
    fearful wilderness—
    the children, the aged, the unprotected—
    be guarded by beneficial celestials,
    and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.
    Buddhist Prayer for Peace

  • Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real.
    Oh God, lead us from darkness to light.
    Oh God, lead us from death to immortality.
    Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all.
    Oh Lord God almighty, may there be peace in celestial regions.
    May there be peace on Earth.
    May the waters be appeasing.
    May herbs be wholesome, and may trees, plants bring peace to all.
    May all beneficent beings bring peace to us.
    May thy Vedic Law propagate peace all through the world.
    May all things be a source of peace to us.
    And may thy peace itself, bestow peace on all,
    and may that peace come to me also.
    Hindu Prayer for Peace

  • Peace and Universal Love is the essence
    of the Gospel preached by all Enlightened Ones.
    The Lord has preached that equanimity is the dharma
    Forgive do I creatures all,
    and let all creatures forgive me.
    Unto all have I amity, and unto none enmity.
    Know that violence is the root cause
    of all miseries in the world.
    Violence, in fact, is the knot of bondage.
    "Do not injure any living being."
    This is the eternal, perennial, and unalterable
    way of spiritual life.
    A weapon, howsoever powerful it may be,
    can always be superseded by a superior one;
    no weapon can, however,
    be superior to non-violence and love.
    Jainist Prayer for peace

  • In the name of Allah,
    the beneficent, the merciful.
    Praise be to the Lord of the Universe
    who has created us
    and made us into tribes and nations
    That we may know each other,
    not that we may despise each other.
    If the enemy incline towards peace,
    do thou also incline towards peace,
    and trust God, for the Lord is the one
    that heareth and knoweth all things.
    And the servants of God, Most gracious
    are those who walk on the Earth in humility,
    and when we address them, we say "Peace."
    Muslim Prayer for Peace

  • Almighty God, the Great Thumb
    we cannot evade to tie any knot;
    the Roaring Thunder that splits mighty trees:
    the all-seeing Lord up on high who sees
    even the footprints of an antelope
    on a rock mass here on Earth.
    You are the one who does not hesitate
    to respond to our call.
    You are the cornerstone of peace.
    Native American Prayer for Peace

  • Oh Great Spirit of our Ancestors,
    I raise my pipe to you.
    To your messengers the four winds,
    and to Mother Earth who provides for your children.
    Give us the wisdom to teach our children
    to love, to respect, and to be kind to each other
    so that they may grow with peace of mind.
    Let us learn to share all good things that
    you provide for us on this Earth.
    Native American Prayer for Peace

  • Although the people
    living across the ocean surrounding us,
    I believe are all our brothers and sisters,
    why are there constant troubles in this world?
    Why do winds and waves
    rise in the oceans surrounding us?
    I only earnestly wish that the wind
    will soon puff away all the clouds
    which are hanging over the tops of mountains.
    Shinto Prayer for Peace

  • We pray to God
    to eradicate all the misery in the world:
    that understanding triumph over ignorance,
    that generosity triumph over indifference,
    that trust triumph over contempt, and
    that truth triumph over falsehood.
    Zoroastrian Prayer for Peace

  • God adjudges us according to our deeds,
    not the coat that we wear:
    that Truth is above everything,
    but higher still is truthful living.
    Know that we attaineth God when we loveth,
    and only victory endures
    in consequences of which no one is defeated.
    Sikh Prayer for Peace

  • Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they shall be known as the Children of God.
    But I say to you that hear, love your enemies,
    do good to those who hate you,
    bless those who curse you,
    pray for those who abuse you.
    To those that strike you on the cheek,
    offer the other one also,
    and from those who take away your cloak,
    do not withhold your coat as well.
    Give to everyone who begs from you,
    and of those who take away your goods,
    do not ask for them again.
    And as you wish that others would do to you,
    do so to them.
    Christian Prayer for Peace

  • From the point of Light within the Mind of God
    Let light stream forth into the minds of men.
    Let Light descend on Earth.

    From the point of Love within the Heart of God
    Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
    May Christ return to Earth.

    From the centre where the Will of God is known
    Let purpose guide the little wills of men—
    The purpose which the Masters know and serve.

    From the centre which we call the race of men
    Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
    And may it seal the door where evil dwells.
    Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.
    The Great Invocation

"And much as Wine has played the Infidel,
And robbed me of my Robe of Honour—well,
   I often wonder what the Vintners buy
One-half so precious as the Goods they sell."

—Edward Fitzgerald, 1809 – 1893
Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám of Naishápúr, LXXI


Millicent reached for a cup.

'Cream and sugar, Uncle Gally?'

He stopped her with a gesture of shocked loathing.

'You know I never drink tea. Too much respect for my inside. Don't tell me you are ruining your inside with that poison.'

'Sorry, Uncle Gally. I like it.'

'You be careful,' urged the Hon. Galahad, who was fond of his niece and did not like to see her falling into bad habits. 'You be very careful how you fool about with that stuff. Did I ever tell you about poor Buffy Struggles back in 'ninety-three? Some misguided person lured poor old Buffy into one of those temperance lectures illustrated with coloured slides, and he called on me next day ashen, poor old chap – ashen. "Gally," he said. "What would you say the procedure was when a fellow wants to buy tea? How would a fellow set about it?" "Tea?" I said. "What do you want tea for?" "To drink," said Buffy. "Pull yourself together, dear boy," I said. "You're talking wildly. You can't drink tea. Have a brandy-and-soda." "No more alcohol for me," said Buffy. "Look what it does to the common earthworm." "But you're not a common earthworm," I said, putting my finger on the flaw in his argument right away. "I dashed soon shall be if I go on drinking alcohol," said Buffy. Well, I begged him with tears in my eyes not to do anything rash, but I couldn't move him. He ordered in ten pounds of the muck and was dead inside the year.'

'Good heavens! Really?'

The Hon. Galahad nodded impressively.

'Dead as a door-nail. Got run over by a hansom cab, poor dear old chap, as he was crossing Piccadilly. You'll find the story in my book.'"

—P.G. Wodehouse, 1881 – 1975
Summer Lightning

"Recipe for Christmas Rum Cake

1 or 2 quarts rum
1 cup butter
1 tsp. sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups dried assorted fruit

1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. soda
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 cups brown sugar
3 cups chopped English walnuts
"Before you start, sample the rum to check for quality. Good, isn't it? Now select a large mixing bowl, measuring cup, etc. Check the rum again. It must be just right. Be sure the rum is of the highest quality. Pour one cup of rum into a glass and drink it as fast as you can. Repeat. With an electric mixer, beat one cup butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add 1 seaspoon of tugar and beat again. Meanwhile, make sure the rum teh absolutely highest quality. Sample another cup. Open second quart as necessary. Add 2 orge laggs, 2 cups of fried druit and beat untill high. Sample the rum again, checking for toncisticity. Next sift 3 cups of baking powder, a pinch of rum, a seaspoon of toda, and a cup of pepper. Or maybe salt. Sample some more. Sift ¾ pint of lemon juice. Fold in schopped butter and strained chups. Add bablespoon of brown gugar, or whatever color you have. Mix mell. Grease oven and turn cake pan to 350 gredees and rake until poothtick comes out crean."
—Author Unknown;
maybe Omar Khayyám,
or Sir Galahad Threepwood,
or Gussie Fink-Nottle.

"O Tam! had'st thou but been sae wise,
As taen thy ain wife Kate's advice!
She tauld thee weel thou was a skellum,
A blethering, blustering, drunken blellum;
That frae November till October,
Ae market-day thou was na sober..." [More]

—Robert Burns, 1759 – 1796
Tam O' Shanter: A Tale

"They nicked the auld man, and they pricked the auld man,
And they yerked his limbs with twine,
Till the red blude ran in his hose and shoon,
But some cried it was wine..." [More]

—James Hogg, 1770 – 1835
The Witch of Fife

"I taste a liquor never brewed,
From tankards scooped in pearl;
Not all the vats upon the Rhine
Yield such an alcohol!

"Inebriate of air am I,
And debauchee of dew,
Reeling, through endless summer days,
From inns of molten blue.

"When landlords turn the drunken bee
Out of the foxglove's door
When butterflies renounce their drams,
I shall but drink the more!

"Till seraphs swing their snowy hats,
And saints to windows run,
To see the little tippler
Leaning against the sun!"

—Emily Dickinson, 1830 – 1886

"Instead of giving money to found colleges to promote learning, why don't they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as good as the Prohibition one did, why, in five years we would have the smartest race of people on earth."

Will Rogers, 1879 – 1935

"Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts."

—Richard P. Feynman, 1918 – 1988

  • "As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality."

  • "That a man can take pleasure in marching in formation to the strains of a band is enough to make me despise him. He has only been given his big brain by mistake; a backbone was all he needed. This plague-spot of civilization ought to be abolished with all possible speed. Heroism by order, senseless violence, and all the pestilent nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism—how I hate them! War seems to me a mean, contemptible thing: I would rather be hacked in pieces than take part in such an abominable business. And yet so high, in spite of everything, is my opinion of the human race that I believe this bogy would have disappeared long ago, had the sound sense of the nations not been systematically corrupted by commercial and political interests acting through the schools and the Press."

  • "The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who knows it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle. It was the experience of mystery—even if mixed with fear—that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which are only accessible to our knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man."

  • "You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war."

  • "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we used when we created them."

  • "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."

  • "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, 1879 – 1955

"There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true."

—Sören Kierkegaard, 1813 – 1855

  • "There are 2 types of people in this world: those who divide people into 2 types, and those who do not."

  • "There are 3 kinds of people in this world: those who can count, and those who cannot."

  • "There are 10 kinds of people in this world: those who understand binary arithmetic, and those who do not."
—Authors Unknown

"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."

—Jesus of Nazareth
Matthew 6:28-29

"The principle of brotherhood expounded by the agitator of Nazareth preserved the germ of life, of truth and justice, so long as it was the beacon light of the few. The moment the majority seized upon it, that great principle became a shibboleth and harbinger of blood and fire, spreading suffering and disaster."

Emma Goldman, 1869 – 1940
"Minorities Versus Majorities"
Anarchism and Other Essays, 1911

"A single flow'r he sent me, since we met.
All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet –
One perfect rose.

"I knew the language of the floweret;
'My fragile leaves,' it said, 'his heart enclose.'
Love long has taken for his amulet
One perfect rose.

"Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get
One perfect rose."

— Dorothy Parker, 1893 – 1967
One Perfect Rose, 1926

  • "Edible, adj. Good to eat and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm."

  • "Esoteric, adj. Very particularly abstruse and consummately occult. The ancient philosophies were of two kinds, —exoteric, those that the philosophers themselves could partly understand, and esoteric, those that nobody could understand. It is the latter that have most profoundly affected modern thought and found greatest acceptance in our time."
—Ambrose Bierce,2 1842 – ca. 1914

"If the carbon atoms that make up the printer's ink on this page could speak, they could tell far more of natural history than any author. They were spewed forth in the glowing smoke of primordial volcanoes. They floated with the shells of primitive cuttlefish in the warm seas of the Devonian geologic era. They were part of the fern trees of the Coal Age forests. They smudged the hearthstone of Ice Age man, when he painted bison on the walls of his cave. And they whirled upward with the smoke from the flames of burning Troy, when Hecuba lamented the sons of Priam. Now, for a brief period, they are captured here in printer's ink. But they will still exist when we are no longer here, and this book has crumbled to dust."

—Fritz Kahn,
Design of the Universe
The Heavens and the Earth
, 1954

"Our trail is on the Kimmeridge clay,
And the scarp of the Purbeck flags:
We have left our bones in the Bagshot stones,
And deep in the Coralline crags.
Our love is old, our lives are old,
And death shall come amain:
Should it come today, what man may say
We shall not live again?" [More]

—Langdon Smith, 1858 – 1908

"One day Mal-2 asked the messenger spirit Saint Gulik to approach the Goddess and request Her presence for some desperate advice. Shortly afterwards the radio came on by itself, and an ethereal female voice said YES?

"'O! Eris! Blessed Mother of Man! Queen of Chaos! Daughter of Discord! Concubine of Confusion! O! Exquisite Lady, I beseech You to lift a heavy burden from my heart!'


"'I am filled with fear and tormented with terrible visions of pain. Everywhere people are hurting one another, the planet is rampant with injustices, whole societies plunder groups of their own people, mothers imprison sons, children perish while brothers war. O, woe.'


"'But nobody wants it! Everybody hates it.'


"At which moment She turned Herself into an aspirin commercial and left the Polyfather stranded alone with his species."

—Malaclypse the Younger 3

"You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake."

—Jeanette Rankin (1880 – 1973)

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."

—William Pitt, 1759 – 1806

"Justice is a science, to be learned; not an arbitrary rule, to be made. The nature of justice can no more be altered by legislation, than the nature of numbers can be altered by the same means."

Lysander Spooner, 1808 – 1887

"Culture strives to establish a boundary between itself and barbarism. The manifestations of barbarism are called 'crimes.' But existing criminology is insufficient to isolate barbarism. It is insufficient because the idea of 'crime' in existing criminology is artificial, for what is called crime is really an infringement of 'existing laws,' whereas 'laws' are very often a manifestation of barbarism and violence. Such are the prohibiting laws of different kinds which abound in modern life.

"The number of these laws is constantly growing in all countries and, owing to this, what is called crime is very often not a crime at all, for it contains no element of violence or harm. On the other hand, unquestionable crimes escape the field of vision of criminology, either because they have not the recognized form of crime or because they surpass a certain scale. In existing criminology there are concepts: a criminal man, a criminal profession, a criminal society, a criminal sect, a criminal caste and a criminal tribe, but there is no concept of a criminal state, or a criminal government or criminal legislation. Consequently the biggest crimes actually escape being called crimes."

—P. D. Ouspensky
A New Model of the Universe

"A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it rains."

—Mark Twain, 1835 – 1910

"Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes the laws."

—Mayer Amschel Rothschild, 1744 – 1812

"The modern banking system manufactures money out of nothing. The process is perhaps the most astounding piece of sleight of hand that was ever invented. Banking was conceived in inequity and born in sin... Bankers own the earth. Take it away from them but leave them the power to create money, and, with a flick of a pen, they will create enough money to buy it back again... Take this great power away from them, or if you want to continue to be the slaves of bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, then let bankers continue to create money and control credit."

—Sir Josiah Stamp, 1880 – 1941
[a former president of the Bank of England]

"It is with government, as Caesar said it was in war, that money and soldiers mutually supported each other; that with money he could hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort money. So these villains, who call themselves governments, well understand that their power rests primarily upon money. With money they can hire soldiers, and with soldiers extort money. And, when their authority is denied, the first use they always make of money, is to hire soldiers to kill or subdue all who refuse them more money."

"It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself."

—Thomas Jefferson, 1743 – 1826

"It is a mistake to assume that government must necessarily last forever. The institution marks a certain stage of civilization – is natural to a particular phase of human development. It is not essential, but incidental. As amongst the Bushmen we find a state antecedent to government, so may there be one in which it shall have become extinct."

—Herbert Spencer, 1820 – 1903

"By the Law of Periodical Repetition, everything which has happened once must happen again and again and again – and not capriciously, but at regular periods, and each thing in its own period, not another's, and each obeying its own law. ...

"Will this wonderful civilization of today perish? Yes, everything perishes. Will it rise and exist again? It will – for nothing can happen that will not happen again. And again, and still again, forever. It took more than eight centuries to prepare this civilization – then it suddenly began to grow, and in less than a century it is become a bewildering marvel. In time, it will pass away and be forgotten. Ages will elapse, then it will come again; and not incomplete, but complete; not an invention nor discovery nor any smallest detail of it missing. Again it will pass away, and after ages will rise and dazzle the world again as it dazzles it now – perfect in all its parts once more. It is the Law of Periodical Repetition."

—Mark Twain, 1835 – 1910
Letters From the Earth

"The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

"Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

"There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after."

Ecclesiastes, 1:9-11, KJV

"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.

"The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."

—John Swinton, preeminent New York journalist, ca. 1880,
in response to a toast to "the independent press"

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false."

—Bill Casey, former Director
Central Intelligence Agency

"Nothing in politics ever happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way."

—Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1882 – 1945

"In the counsels of Government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the Military Industrial Complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together."

—Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1890 – 1969
Farewell Address, January 17, 1961

"The world is governed by people far different from those imagined by the public."

—Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, 1804 – 1881

"Aber der Staat lügt in allen Zungen des Guten und Bösen; und was er auch redet, er lügt – und was er auch hat, gestohlen hat er's."5

—Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, 1844 – 1900
Also Sprach Zarathustra

"Every country gets the government it deserves."

—Joseph Marie, Comte de Maistre, 1753 – 1821

"Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

—John Emerich Edward Dalberg, Lord Acton, 1834 – 1902

"No triumph of peace is quite so great as the supreme triumphs of war."

—Theodore Roosevelt, 1858 – 1919
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1906

"In Germany, the Nazis first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I didn't speak up because I was a protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak for me."

—Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1892 – 1984

"Things that can't go on forever don't."

—Herbert Stein
Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors
Nixon administration

"More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly."

—Woody Allen, 1935 –

  • "Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite."

  • "You will find that the State is the kind of organization which, though it does big things badly, does small things badly, too."

—Jonh Kenneth Galbraith, 1908 – 2006

"It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion."

—Goebbels, 1897 – 1945

"How fortunate for those in power that the people never think."

—Hitler, 1889 – 1945

"Possession isn't nine-tenths of the law, it's nine-tenths of the problem."

—Lennon, 1940 – 1980

"Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana."

—Marx, 1895 – 1977

  • "The Matrix is everywhere, it's all around us, here even in this room. You can see it out your window or on your television. You feel it when you go to work, or go to church or pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth."

  • "What is real? How do you define real? If you're talking about your senses, what you feel, taste, smell, or see, then all you're talking about are electrical signals interpreted by your brain."

  • "The Matrix is a system, Neo, and that system is our enemy. When you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, lawyers, students. People. Everywhere you look, there are people. Somewhere else, somewhere in the future they may be human beings but here these people are a part of the system. That makes every one of them our enemy. It is important to understand that if you are not one of us, you are one of them."

The Matrix

"The man who invented the Total Perspective Vortex did so basically in order to annoy his wife.

"Trin Tragula – for that was his name – was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.

"And she would nag him incessantly about the utterly inordinate amount of time he spent staring out into space, or mulling over the mechanics of safety pins, or doing spectrographic analyses of pieces of fairy cake.

"'Have some sense of proportion!' she would say, sometimes as often as thirty-eight times in a single day.

"And so he built the Total Perspective Vortex – just to show her.

"And into one end he plugged the whole of reality as extrapolated from a piece of fairy cake, and into the other end he plugged his wife: so that when he turned it on she saw in one instant the whole infinity of creation and herself in relation to it.

"To Trin Tragula's horror, the shock completely annihilated her brain; but to his satisfaction he realized that he had proved conclusively that if life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then the one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion."

—Douglas Adams, 1952 – 2001
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  • "A university student while visiting Gasan asked him: 'Have you ever read the Christian Bible?'

    "'No, read it to me,' said Gasan.

    "The student opened the Bible and read from St. Matthew: 'And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They toil not, neither do they spin, and yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.... Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.'

    "Gasan said: 'Whoever uttered those words I consider an enlightened man.'

    "The student continued reading: 'Ask and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.'

    "Gasan remarked: 'That is excellent. Whoever said that is not far from Buddhahood.'" 6

  • "Hogen, a Chinese Zen teacher, lived alone in a small temple in the country. One day four traveling monks appeared and asked if they might make a fire in his yard to warm themselves.

    "While they were building the fire, Hogen heard them arguing about subjectivity and objectivity. He joined them and said: 'There is a big stone. Do you consider it to be inside or outside your mind?'

    "One of the monks replied: 'From the Buddhist viewpoint everything is an objectification of mind, so I would say that the stone is inside my mind.'

    "'Your head must feel very heavy,' observed Hogen, 'if you are carrying around a stone like that in your mind.'" 7

—Paul Reps

That was Zen: This is Tao8

  • "When the great Tao is forgotten,
    goodness and piety appear.
    When the body's intelligence declines,
    cleaverness and knowledge step forth.
    When there is no peace in the family,
    filial piety begins.
    When the country falls into chaos,
    patriotism is born." 9

  • "If you want to be a great leader,
    you must learn to follow the Tao.
    Stop trying to control.
    Let go of fixed plans and concepts,
    and the world will govern itself.

    "The more prohibitions you have,
    the less virtuous people will be.
    The more weapons you have,
    the less secure people will be.
    The more subsidies you have,
    the less self-reliant people will be.

    "Therefore the Master says:
    I let go of the law,
    and people become honest.
    I let go of economics,
    and people become prosperous.
    I let go of religion,
    and people become serene.
    I let go of all desire for the common good,
    and the good becomes common as gress." 10


  • "What you call disharmony is merely partial achievement. Partial achievement is due, naturally, to deficiency in the instrument. For harmony itself is beautiful and complete. The creation of disharmony, to pursue the logical sequence further, can result in the creation of nothing eternal for the reason that it is merely incompletion; and incompletion cannot exist for a longer time than it takes for some other creative intelligence to tune in upon, and bring to manifestation, the complementing vibration, the added proportion that will round out and complete the mold left by the other. This is true of what you might even be tempted to call malevolent and evil creations. They are extreme examples of incompleteness. But they are, nevertheless, fragments of a harmonious entirety. They are ugly because they are partial. They will endure because they are truly products of creative intelligence, but they will not endure in their present form. Completed, they will be seen as the lesser curves of a beautiful whole. They will be completed only by the fuller contribution of more advanced and more able creative imaginations." 11

  • "I would have you take a broad view for the once of what you might call the state of the world. A pessimist is a man who takes a narrow view of things, and if things are dark there is always the sure remedy of extending the horizon. If the extension be sufficient, you will inevitably come upon clear skies." 12

  • "The tearing down of the false structure requires a certain boldness and courage to face the reality of the actual; to acknowledge that evolution is harmonious and self-effacing; that the difference between the highest entity and the humblest atom is in the face of eternity of no account; that each can do his appointed task according to his capacity; and that that task will fit into the unhasting, untarrying course of progress; that there never has been and never will be, in the finite, however appearances may perceive, an exceeding of capacity; that capacity is finite and limited by the laws of harmony. Understood; faced; utilized; the apparent destruction of years of perhaps earnest effort will result, not in retrogression, but in a progression even farther in reality than the fondest hopes built on illusion might aspire. So that in final result life is not estopped, is not even checked, but overrides magnificently and proceeds upon its appointed path." 13

"Not for one moment did I doubt that you were the Buddha, that you have reached the highest goal which so many thousands of Brahmins and Brahmins' sons are striving to reach. You have done so by your own seeking, in your own way, through thought, through meditation, through knowledge, through enlightenment. You have learned nothing through teachings, and so I think, O Illustrious One, that nobody finds salvation through teachings. To nobody, O Illustrious One, can you communicate in words and teachings what happend to you in the hour of your enlightenment. The teachings of the enlightened Buddha embrace much, they teach much — how to live righteously, how to avoid evil. But there is one thing that this clear, worthy instruction does not contain; it does not contain the secret of what the Illustrious One experienced — he alone among hundreds of thousands. That is what I thought and realized when I heard your teachings. That is why I am going on my way — not to seek another and better doctrine, for I know there is none, but to leave all doctrines and all teachers and to reach my goal alone — or to die. But I will often remember this day, O Illustrious One, and this hour when my eyes beheld a holy man."

Siddhartha 14

Snow Upon Their Shoulders

"Snow upon their shoulders,
   Quiet Buddhas meditate,
While others worship soldiers
   Who eagerly anticipate
The glory to be won at War.

"The conquering of Real Estate,
   Explosions, bullets, blood, and gore;
Cries of pain and shouts of hate.
   Unanswered question: 'What's it for?'

"Double-time, now, don't be late,
   Replacing those that died before
You came to help increase the rate
   Of death, destruction. Mindless chore
For those who never contemplate
   The consequence of waging War...

"While quiet Buddhas meditate."

—John Wildman 1954 –
"Snow Upon Their Shoulders"

"I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away."

—Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792 – 1822
Ozymandias of Egypt

"I think it would be a very good idea."

—Mohandâs Karamchand Gandhi,15 1869 – 1948

"As there are relative truths, there are relative freedoms. If you are evolving through the hierarchical process you gain an ever-increasing sense of freedom, yet you are still controlled by the vibration of externals through languages, thought forms, frequencies of color and sound, and the seemingly indelible artifacts of the genetic mind. Each of these elements can cause the human instrument to rely upon the hierarchy as it overlays a sense of inequality between you and your Source. The underlying equation of the evolutionary process is human instrument + Hierarchy = God connection. In the case of the transformational process, it is Entity + Source Intelligence = Prime Source equality.

"Source Intelligence, though it generally manifests as the vibration of equality, is subject to the will of First Source, and as the Source intention changes through the various stages of the Grand Experiment, Source Intelligence is also changing its form of manifestation. This change is occurring now within the worlds of time and space because First Source is beginning to set the stage for the integration of the two primary models of existence (evolution / saviorship and transformation / mastership) within the Grand Experiment.

"The time has come to integrate the dominant model of the hierarchy (evolution / saviorship) with the dominant model of Source Intelligence (transformation / mastership). This integration can only be achieved at the level of the entity. It cannot occur within the context of a human instrument or an aspect of the hierarchy. Only the entity – the wholeness of inter-dimensional sovereignty imbued with Source Intelligence – can facilitate and fully experience the integration of these two models of existence."

—WingMakers 16

"Oh freddled gruntbuggly! Thy micturations are to me
As plurdled gabbleblotchits on a lurgid bee.
Groop I implore thee my foonting turlingdromes,
And hooptiously drangle me with crinkly bindlewurdles,
For otherwise I will rend thee in the gobberwarts with
My blurglecruncheon, see if I don't."

—Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz 17

"Once upon a midnight dreary, fingers cramped and vision bleary,
System manuals piled high and wasted paper on the floor,
Longing for the warmth of bed sheets, still I sat there, doing spreadsheets.
Having reached the bottom line, I took a diskette from the drawer.
Typing with a steady hand, I then invoked the SAVE command,
And waited for the disk to store:

Only this, and nothing more."

If Poe Had A Computer...

   "Hawaii, sir? You must be Hungary."
   "Yes, Siam. I can't Rumania long, Venice lunch ready?"
   "I'll Russia table. What'll you Havre? Aix?"
   "Whatever's ready, but can't Jamaica cook hurry?"
   "Odessa laugh! But Alaska."
   "And put a Cuba sugar in my Java."
   "Don't be Sicily. Sweden it yourself. I'm only here to Serbia."
   "Denmark my check and call the Bosporus. I hope he'll Kenya. I don't Bolivia know who I am!"
   "Canada noise! I don't Caribbean. You sure Ararat!"
   "Samoa your wisecracks? What's got India? D'you think this arguing Alps business? Be Nice!"
   "Don't Kiev me that Bologna! Alamein do! S'pain in the neck. Pay your check and beat it. Abyssinia!"

"Overheard in a Foreign Restaurant"

"To be, or not to be; that is the bare bodkin
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would fardels bear, till Birnam Wood do came to Dunsinane,
But that the fear of something after death
Murders the innocent sleep,
Great nature's second course,
And makes us rather sling the arrows of outrageous fortune
Than fly to others that we know not of.
There's the respect must give us pause:
Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the pround man's contumely,
The law's delay, and the quietus which his pangs might take,
In the dead waste and middle of the night when churchyards yawn
In customary suits of solemn black,
But that the undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns,
Breathes forth contagion on the world,
And thus the native hue of resolution, like the poor cat i' the adage,
Is sicklied o'er with care,
And all the clouds that lowered o'er our housetops,
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.
'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished. But soft you, the fair Ophelia:
Ope not thy ponderous and marble jaws,
But get thee to a nunnery – go!"

—Mark Twain,18 1835 – 1910

"One method of writing in rhyme
Is to hold a strong meter through time.
    But with English word spelling
    The task is compelling,
For words that should often don't rhyme.

"E.g. take a word like enough,
Which should mesh in verse with through.
    But it's hard as cement
    (Which is why I lament)
To make such words ever scan true.

"To write verse on an Army Colonel
Is a labor so fiendish infolonel
    That I'd rather not do it
    Unless I'm forced to it
By threat of hell-fire etolonel.

"So if to verse you're inclined,
I shouldn't need to remind
    You this language curious
    Oft yields verses spurious
That tax both your purse and your mind."

—John Wildman 1954 –
"Why I Am Not a Poet"

A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling
by Mark Twain

"For example, in Year 1 that useless letter 'c' would be dropped to be replased either by 'k' or 's', and likewise 'x' would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which 'c' would be retained would be the 'ch' formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform 'w' spelling, so that 'which' and 'one' would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish 'y' replasing it with 'i' and Iear 4 might fiks the 'g/j' anomali wonse and for all.

"Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with Iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez 'c', 'y' and 'x' – bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez – tu riplais 'ch', 'sh', and 'th' rispektivli.

"Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld."

"Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

"Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.

"As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.

"Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew."

—Author Unknown

"If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't."19

—Lyall Watson

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

—R. Buckminster Fuller, 1895 – 1983

"Laddie, it's like this. When a chicken lays an egg, she cackles an' tells the whole farmyard. But when a duck lays an egg, she makes no' a sound. An' how many people eat ducks' eggs? Did ye never ask yourself yon question?"

—Sir Thomas Lipton, 1850 – 1931

"Little of all we value here
Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
Without both feeling and looking queer.
In fact, there's nothing that keeps its youth,
So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
(This is a moral that runs at large;
Take it. – You're welcome. – No extra charge.)" [More]

—Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809 – 1894
The Deacon's Masterpiece


—Marcus Porcius Cato, 234 – 149 BCE

"A significant difficulty with quotations found on the Internet is, you cannot always be certain of their authenticity."

—Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1890 – 1969


1. "Bidden, or not bidden, God is present." Engraved in marble above the door of the home of psychologist Carl Jung (1875 – 1961), and upon his tombstone.

2. The Devil's Dictionary, Dover Publications, Inc, New York, 1993 (originally published as The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Vol. VII, Neale Publishing Company, New York, 1911).

3. Principia Discordia: Or How I found Goddess And What I Did To Her When I Found Her: The Magnum Opiate of Malaclypse the Younger, Wherein is Explained Absolutely Everything Worth Knowing About Absolutely Anything, Loompanics Unlimited, Port Townsend, Washington.

4. Interestingly, the writings of Lysander Spooner are never brought to the attention of students of American history in the course of conventional academic study; although he had much to say that would surely interest an impartial student of history. Nor is his name mentioned in my Chambers Biographical Dictionary, Revised Edition, J.O. Thorne M.A. & T.C. Collocott M.A., Editors, W. & R. Chambers Ltd., Edinburgh, 1984, 1985, 1986. They do mention the Anglican clergyman, William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930) who is mainly famous for such "Spoonerisms" as inadvertently substituting "a half-warmed fish" for "a half-formed wish." Lysander Spooner was quite a different breed of cats from this William Archibald Spooner, as exemplified by the quotation above.

5. "But the State tells lies in all the tongues of good and evil; and whatever it says it lies – and whatever it has, it has stolen." [Walter Kaufmann, trans.]

6. Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings, Compiled by Paul Reps, Anchor Books, Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York, #16, Not Far from Buddhahood, p. 20.

7. Ibid., #76, The Stone Mind, p. 65.

8. Adaptation of a bumper sticker seen near Taos, New Mexico, USA.

9. Tao Te Ching: A New English Version, with Foreword and Notes, by Stephen Mitchell, Harper & Row, Publishers, New York, 1988, #18 (originally published, according to legend, in China ca. 4th century B.C.E.).

10. Ibid, #57.

11. The Gaelic Manuscripts, channelled by Betty White, written by Stewart Edward White, Chapter I, Creative Living, p. 10.

12. Ibid., Chapter VIIA, Man's Relationship to Cosmos, p. 48.

13. Ibid., Chapter XXIV, Danger and its Avoidance, p. 123.

14. Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha, Translated by Hilda Rosner, A New Directions Book, New Directions Publishing Corporation, New York, 1951.

15. Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi by E.F. Schumacher, Good Work, ch. 2, 1979, in which Schumacher claims to have seen a film clip of Gandhi disembarking at Southampton in 1930, in which an interviewer asked Gandhi, "Mr. Gandhi, what do you think of Western civilization?" See also The Hip Gan by Richard "Lord" Buckley, 1906-1960.

16. The Shifting Models of Existence: WingMakers' Philosophy: Chamber Two, p. 8.

17. Douglas Adams, The Original Hitchhiker Radio Scripts, Edited and with an introduction by Geoffrey Perkins (who produced it) With another introduction by Douglas Adams, largely contradicting the one by Geoffrey Perkins, Harmony Books, New York, 1985, p. 31. Note that the poet, Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz, is not identified in the Radio Scripts, but only in the original novel, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

18. "Hamlet's Soliloquy," as remembered by (the alleged) "David Garrick the younger, of Drury Lane Theatre, London," recounted in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

19. There has been some speculation that this may already be the case.

20. "I believe Elvis lives."