Some Quotes I Like

I love quotes.  I collect them like some people collect artifacts or pottery. Here’s a small smattering of some I’ve come across recently that I like:

☼     Those who are familiar with ancient folklore, or are up above the rest of us a moral notch or two, kill “respectfully” by offering prayers or apologies, in the hope that animals will “offer themselves” up to be voluntarily killed. However, it is a sad fact that no animal cares if those who might eat them invent reasons to justify their acts.  ~ Bernd Heinrich

☼     Now I can look at you in peace; I don’t eat you anymore.  ~ Franz Kafka

☼     He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.  ~ Albert Einstein

☼     I’ve never met a doctrine that didn’t need doctoring. ~ James Broughton

☼     My life has prospered when I have remembered to pursue the Essential, the Eternal, and the Ecstatic. ~ James Broughton

☼     Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.  ~ Clive James

☼     Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.   ~Pema Chodron

☼     God’s first language is Silence. Everything else is a translation. ~Thomas Keating

☼     After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. ~Aldous Huxley

☼     Country music is three chords and the truth.  ~Harlan Howard

☼     I can’t stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession, let alone two years or ten years. If you can, then it ain’t music, it’s close-order drill or exercise or yodeling or something, not music.  ~Billie Holiday

☼     Because of her singing they all went away feeling moved, feeling comforted, feeling, perhaps, the slightest tremors of faith.  ~Ann Patchett

☼     How come you can hear a chord, and then another chord, and then your heart breaks open?  ~Anne Lamot

☼     I have not encountered another temple as blissful as my own body.  ~Saraha

☼     The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me.  ~Meister Eckhart

☼     Have a mind that is open to everything, and attached to nothing. ~Tilopa

☼     Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.  ~Mark Twain

☼     Being completely and totally present and at every single point of space and time, It is fully and completely present here and now, thus we can no more attain immanent Spirit then we could, say, attain our feet.  ~Ken Wilber

☼     A great deal of the chaos in the world occurs because people don’t appreciate themselves. ~Chogyam Trungpa

☼     Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.   ~Leo Tolstoy

☼     To worship our false selves is to worship nothing. And the worship of nothing is hell.  ~Thomas Merton

☼     Realization is to get rid of the delusion that you have not realized.  ~Sri Ramana Maharshi

☼     Real devotion is an unbroken receptivity to the truth. Real devotion is rooted in an awed and reverent gratitude, but one that is lucid, grounded, and intelligent.  ~Sogyal Rinpoche

☼     We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.   ~T.S. Eliot

☼     If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good. ~Achaan Chah

☼     Big Mind is something to express, not something to figure out. ~Shunryu Suzuki

☼     The primordial fire of reality is going to burn through the hull of our little ego spaceship, and scatter us like stars. ~Reggie Ray

☼     Omnipotence is not knowing how everything is done; it’s just doing it.  ~Alan Watts

☼     Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flame.  ~Author Unknown, but loved nonetheless

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