Dare, and the world always yields: or, if it beat you sometimes, dare again, and it will succumb. --William Makepeace Thackeray
George S. Patton
Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic in men. - General George S. Patton, Jr.
"when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power--he's free" - Solzhenitsyn
"Nothing brings you peace but the triumph of principles" - RW Emerson
"A revolution without dancing, is a revolution not worth having" - Emma Goldman
Emma Goldman
"Anarchism, then, really stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion; the liberation of the human body from the dominion of property; liberation from the shackles and restraint of government. Anarchism stands for a social order based on the free grouping of individuals for the purpose of producing real social wealth; an order that will guarantee to every human being free access to the earth and full enjoyment of the necessities of life, according to individual desires, tastes, and inclinations." - Emma Goldman
Emma Goldman
"Consciously or unconsciously, most theists see in gods and devils, heaven and hell, reward and punishment, a whip to lash the people into obedience, meekness and contentment.... The philosophy of Atheism expresses the expansion and growth of the human mind. The philosophy of theism, if we can call it a philosophy, is static and fixed" - Emma Goldman
Genghis Khan
The greatest pleasure is to vanquish your enemies
and chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth
and see those dear to them bathed in tears,
to ride their horses and clasp to your bosom their wives and daughters. - Temujin
"We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another." -- Jonathan Swift
"false face must hide, what the false heart doth know" - shakespeare
In the outbreaks of passion and in the fantasies of dreams and madness man rediscovers his own and mankind's prehistory -Friedrich Nietzsche
All the beauty and sublimity we have bestowed upon real and imaginary things I will reclaim as the property and product of man : as his fairest apology. Man as poet, thinker, as god, as love, as power: with what regal liberality he has lavished gifts upon things so as to impoverish himself and make himself feel wretched! His most unselfish act hitherto has been to admire and worship and to know how to conceal from himself that it was he who created what he admired. -Friedrich Nietzsche
the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!" -Jack Kerouac
Night, and the moon!
My neighbor, playing on his flute -
out of tune!
No blossoms and no moon,
and he is drinking sake
all alone!
A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light. -Franz Kafka
Is there an honest millionaire?
One who could throw his money away, and return to his earlier life, his habits of poverty and hope?
- Kerouac
Ancient truth
venus traces horns on the earth in the sky
Covered with the flowers,
Instantly I'd like to die
In this dream of ours!
The Bard
O curse of marriage, that we can call these delicate creatures ours but not their appetites - shakespeare
Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies. - Voltaire (1694-1778) on his deathbed in response to a priest asking that he renounce Satan.
"You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star" - Nietzsche
The Bard
"Heres a knocking indeed! If a man were porter of hell-gate, he should have old turning the key." - shakespeare
After killing
a spider, how lonely I feel
in the cold of night!
A still-soliciting eye, and such a tongue
That I am glad I have not, though not to have it
Hath lost me in your liking.
- Shakespeare
The Bard
"That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold. What hath quenched them hath given me fire." - shakespeare
Greed is like catching snowflakes...
looks good until it's in your hand
then you have nothing, and you've looked foolish
and wasted time
for nothing
"In russia they slave for the state, here they slave for expenses. There's no difference anywhere... people just go rushing off to meaningless jobs day after day, you see them coughing in the subways at dawn, and they never rest, they never relax, they never enjoy life. All they do is 'meet expenses' - beyond food, they squander their souls on things like 'rent', 'decent clothes', 'gas and electricity', 'insurance' and a million-and-one 'decent' appurtenances" - Kerouac
"Sympathy is a real feeling but is quite vast and universal, therefore indiscriminate, and leads to a beclouding of personal purpose in this world. And isn't this all too shifty!" - Kerouac
"Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but is sure to repent of every ill-judged outlay." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"without music or an intriguing idea, colour becomes pallor, man becomes carcass, home becomes catacomb, and the dead are but for a moment motionless" - E A Poe
"But more and more as I grow older I see the beautiful dream of life expanding till it is much more important than gray life itself - a dark, red dream the color of the cockatoo. Night, like a balm, soothes dumb wounds of prickly day-dark and rainy night!" - Kerouac
Johnathan Swift
"When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." - Jonathan Swift
hasten to thy end
heroes shouldn't die old men
shed blood for glory
"Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires" - shakespeare
tired of cherry
tired of this whole world
I sit facing muddy sake and black rice
Jonathan Swift
Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through. - Jonathan Swift
in quiet eyes rage
fires ready to ignite
waiting for a spark
Margaret Mead
It is an open question whether any behavior based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly.
- Margaret Mead
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 suffice.
- Albert Einstein
"Pios tha filatei tus filakes?(who will watch the watchers?)" - Aristotle
"Talent does what it can; genius does what it must." -- Edward Bulwer-Lytton
No more I.B.M!! no more factories! no more punch-clocks! no more fancy clothes and furniture! no more waste of flesh-and-blood in the maws of civilization! no more of anything but food and drink and love and contemplation of all ourselves! And no more sins and guilt, no more need for sins, no more guilt for not being guilty! Nothing but all things, frankly understood at last, rising from sexual energy outward to all human communications and situations. Nothing but the world, its light, and people in it. (and not out of it, as now.) - Kerouac
You rice-field maidens!
The only things not muddy
Are the songs you sing
You have to try
If you crash and burn, then fuck god
But you have to try
Even the slightest chance at love
Just the slightest chance
Means more than a lifetime without
Clouds appear
and bring to men a chance to rest
from gazing at the moon.
Truth does not exist without will
"Great beauty is a curse, not a blessing. The ugly know their true love loves them, despite their hideousness. But the beautiful? How do they know if they are loved for only their beauty? Because everyone greys, all skin loses luster, then those that love you for your beauty alone will love you no more." - creagcridhe
The New Year comes
and instead of plum blossoms
a great storm of snow.
spring will come again
without flowers
you'll be firewood
trust not theory
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is. - Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut
Art is beauty and pity
for beauty must always die
The art of our necessities is strange,
That can make vile things precious.
In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite. - Paul Dirac
come over with me
and together let's play
oh, motherless sparrow
only one man
only one fly
In the huge drawing room
No sky
no earth - but still
snowflakes fall
Poverty's child
he starts to grind the rice
and gazes at the moon
Natsume, Soseki. (1867-1916)
The crow has flown away:
swaying in the evening sun,
a leafless tree.
My grumbling wife -
if only she were here!
This moon tonight...
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
- Michelangelo
secretly at night
a worm under the moon
bores into a chestnut
Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak whispers the oe'r frought heart and bids it break -shakespeare
pull not a trigger, lest ye kill my lambs! Drive off these dogs of France with your steel
-fenimore cooper
Waterjar cracks:
I lie awake
This icy night.
A day of great rending thoughts that twist one back to face sudden realities heretofore avoided - and there you are, facing them, like looking into the sun, blinking, admitting the truth -Kerouac
I am impassioned for independence, I sacrifice all for it. And am tortured more by all the smallest strings than others are by chains. - Nietzsche
It was one of those perfect autumn days. The ground wasn't yet covered with leaves, just a few, tan and red, here and there. A few rolled down the streets and across the ponds, as if driven by something unseen. The heat of the summer was over, bitter winter was just a distant future. The smell of burning leaves and earthy breezes filled the air, the harvesting setting tiny silken storms airborne. Spiders spread their sticky threads, trying to gorge themselves on the last of their harvest. And the sky, at dusk, my god the sky.
Shiki, Masaoka
For love and for hate
I swat a fly and offer it
to an ant
If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning. - Aristotle Onassis (1906-1975)
Kato, Shuson
I kill an ant
and realize my three children
have been watching.
That horrible unspoken hell, my heart breaks from it. That which makes death a sweet hope, an end to the pain. Walk long enough, with each new footstep burning virgin flesh, and eventually the world fades away. It means nothing, there is only the pain, and the anticipation of further pain, and memories without sound, without color, without taste. You say it with such softness, such practiced sincerity. That word I dare not speak, lest my ears upon hearing it will refuse to hear again, falls from your lips with such ease. Nothing is so obscene as the lie that is not love.
after the first bite
offer your ass to the wolf
and be known a fool
Not from the beginning have the gods revealed all things to mortals, but by long seeking, men find what is better. -Xenophanes
Whether a man believes in no gods, one god or twenty gods; that neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. -B Franklin
It's a dull thing, orange against the black sky. It's not black, almost grey, that dull faded thing the sky becomes. There is no line, no straight edge boundary, where the light of the city ends and the night begins. Maybe you haven't seen it. You have to be alone, surrounded by the empty places beyond civilisation, where the silence wraps around you like warm comfort. You have to be alone or you will never see it. It feels harsh, sitting there on the horizon, insolent and uncaring, that glow. So much more comfort in the darkness and the quiet.
Victory tastes sweet
sweeter than bitter hemlock
socrates story
Who was that other one? The one with Icarus. I can't remember his name. You know Icarus, who had to touch the sun, despite the danger, and died trying. What supreme glory he must have felt, just before. The sun, giant and burning and his hand so close, almost touching. Just a little more, reach, forget the fire, just a little more, godhood is within reach. The rest doesn't matter, the melting, the fall, the crushing end. His last thought: "No one will fly higher than Icarus." Who was the one with him? The one who didn't even try.
An old warrior
Slept too long in hard places
Comfort would break him
In the consciousness of the truth he has perceived, man now sees everywhere only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence . . . and loathing seizes him. -Friedrich Nietzsche
It moves not, gripped at its feet. The time for thrashing has passed. Freedom is a lost dream now. All its life, it has feared; the wasp's wings, the ant's grapples, hungry beaks. No thought was given to the blood oozed from the oak. Soon it will only wait, covered in its oericheolos shell, waiting for a thousand years and more. Other beasts will live, love, die, fade forever from the memory of the earth, but it will endure. Immortality is only one breath away, the dull golden shroud falls over the world, extinguishing the smells, sounds, and substance of the world.
Quickly run the blind
But see not the chasm's edge
Approaching quickly
art is not a bowl of fruit well lit
it is love, pain, death, exultation, euphoria, misery
it is everything ugly, everything beautiful, everything horrible
all of this all at once
for without the one, there is not the other