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    "The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime, makes the ridiculous; and one step above the ridiculous, makes the sublime again."

    - Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

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    “It is difficult beyond description to conceive that space can have no end; but it is more difficult to conceive an end. It is difficult beyond the power of man to conceive an eternal duration of what we call time; but it is more impossible to conceive a time when there shall be no time.”

    ― Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

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    Sea Fever

    I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
    And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
    And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
    And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

    I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
    Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
    And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
    And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

    I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
    To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
    And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
    And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

    - John Masefield

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    When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.

    -RMN

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    “The final belief is to believe in a fiction, which you know to be a fiction, there being nothing else. The exquisite truth is to know that it is a fiction and that you believe in it willingly.”

    ― Wallace Stevens

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    “There is a perfect rout of characters in every man — and every man is like an actor’s trunk, full of strange creatures, new & old. But an actor and his trunk are two different things.”

    ― Wallace Stevens

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    the girl outside the supermarket

    a very tall girl lifts her nose at me
    outside a supermarket
    as if I were a walking garbage
    can; and I had no desire for her,
    no more desire
    than for a phone pole.
    what was her message?
    that I would never see the top of her
    pantyhose?

    I am a man in his 50s
    sex is no longer an aching mystery
    to me, so I can’t understand
    being snubbed by a phone pole.
    I’ll leave young girls to young men.

    it’s a lonely world
    of frightened people,
    just as it has always
    been.

    - Charles Bukowski

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    “But Jesus, when you don't have any money, the problem is food. When you have money, it's sex. When you have both it's health, you worry about getting rupture or something. If everything is simply jake then you're frightened of death.”

    ― J.P. Donleavy, The Ginger Man

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    “Chris’s willowy fingers dug into his thighs and hers closed over his ears and he stopped hearing the soup sound of her mouth and felt the brief pain of her teeth nipping the drawn foreskin and the throb of his groin pumping the teeming fluid into her throat, stopping her gentle voice and dripping from her chords that sung the music of her lonely heart. Her hair lay athwart in clean strands on his body and for the next silent minute he was the sanest man on earth, bled of his seed, rid of his mind.”

    ― J.P. Donleavy, The Ginger Man

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    Stop thinking and end your problems.

    -Lao Tzu

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    “The purpose of writing is to make your mother and father drop dead with shame.”

    ― J.P. Donleavy

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    “When you get back Kenneth, I’ll walk naked wearing a green bowler to greet you at the boat. With a donkey cart flying green streamers and green shamrocks imported from Czechoslovakia and a band of girl pipers blowing like mad. Did you know that they imported the English sparrow into America to eat horseshit off the streets?”

    - J.P. Donleavy, The Ginger Man

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    People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.

    - Kierkegaard

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    “Of course the Man was wild too. He was dreadfully wild. He didn't even begin to be tame till he met the Woman, and she told him that she did not like living in his wild ways. She picked out a nice dry Cave, instead of a heap of wet leaves, to lie down in; and she strewed clean sand on the floor; and she lit a nice fire of wood at the back of the Cave; and she hung a dried wild-horse skin, tail down, across the opening of the Cave; and she said, 'Wipe your feet, dear, when you come in, and now we'll keep house.”

    ― Rudyard Kipling, Just So Stories

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    “The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.”

    ― Norman Vincent Peale, The Power of Positive Thinking

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    Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”


    Rob Siltanen

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    “There are no buts, my son. True there are degrees of honor — but one man can have only one code. Do what you like. It's your choice. Some things a man must decide for himself. Sometimes you have to adapt to circumstances. But for the love of God guard yourself and your conscience — no one else will — and know that a bad decision at the right time can destroy you far more surely than any bullet!”

    ― James Clavell, King Rat

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    “Can you cite one speck of hard evidence of the benefits of "diversity" that we have heard gushed about for years? Evidence of its harm can be seen — written in blood — from Iraq to India, from Serbia to Sudan, from Fiji to the Philippines. It is scary how easily so many people can be brainwashed by sheer repetition of a word.”

    ― Thomas Sowell

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    “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

    ― George Orwell, Animal Farm

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    Under the spreading chestnut tree I sold you and you sold me:
    There lie they, and here lie we
    Under the spreading chestnut tree.

    ― George Orwell, 1984

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    “To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.”

    ― Gaston Bachelard

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    “Every single empire in its official discourse has said that it is not like all the others, that its circumstances are special, that it has a mission to enlighten, civilize, bring order and democracy, and that it uses force only as a last resort.

    And, sadder still, there always is a chorus of willing intellectuals to say calming words about benign or altruistic empires, as if one shouldn't trust the evidence of one's eyes watching the destruction and the misery and death brought by the latest mission civilizatrice.”

    ― Edward Said, Orientalism

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    “It was incredible, she told herself, that this ravening monster, dripping blood from claws and teeth, that had arisen roaring in the night, could be the Humanity that had become her God.

    She had thought revenge and cruelty and slaughter to be the brood of Christian superstition, dead and buried under the new-born angel of light, and now it seemed that the monsters yet stirred and lived.”

    ― Robert Hugh Benson, Lord of the World

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    German


    being the German kid in the 20's in Los Angeles
    was difficult.
    there was much anti-German feeling then,
    a carry-over from World War 1.
    gangs of kids chased me through the neighborhood
    yelling, 'Hienie! Hienie! Hienie!'
    they never caught me.
    I was like a cat.
    I knew all the paths through brush and alleys.
    I scaled 6-foot back fences in a flash and was off through
    backyards and around blocks
    and onto garage roofs and other hiding places.
    then too, they didn't really want to catch me.
    they were afraid I might bayonet them
    or gouge out their eyes.

    this went on for about 18 months
    then all of a sudden it seemed to stop.
    I was more or less accepted (but never really)
    which was all right with me.
    those sons-of-bitches were Americans,
    they and their parents had been born here.
    they had names like Jones and Sullivan and
    Baker.
    they were pale and often fat with runny
    noses and big belt buckles.
    I decided never to become an American.
    my hero was Baron Manfred von Richthofen
    the German air ace;
    he'd shot down 80 of their best
    and there was nothing they could do about
    that now.
    their parents didn't like my parents
    (I didn't either) and
    I decided when I got big I'd go live in some place
    like Iceland,
    never open my door to anybody and live on my
    luck, live with a beautiful wife and a bunch of wild
    animals:
    which is, more or less, what
    happened


    - Charles Bukowski

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    Words are a pretext.

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