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Friday, April 28, 2017

The facts & the fantasy

The facts condemn the fantasy.
The fantasy gives context to the facts.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Live (James)

Live all you can; it's a mistake not to. It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular so long as you have your life. If you haven't had that what have you had?

Henry James, The Ambassadors

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Every prophecy

Every prophecy is a parody.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Puzzle pieces (Pirsig)

The world comes to us in an endless stream of puzzle pieces that we would like to think all fit together somehow, but that in fact never do.

Robert M. Pirsig

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Foolishness

Find the grandest thing you can, and let it guide your contemplation of foolishness.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Semantics

A slaughter is a skirmish with better weapons.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

This sorry Scheme of Things (Khayyám)

Ah, Love! could thou and I with Fate conspire
To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire,
Would not we shatter it to bits—and then
Re-mould it nearer to the Heart's Desire!

Omar Khayyám

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Face it

If you can't place it you can't face it.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Complex arrays (Puett & Gross-Loh)

Just as the world itself is fragmented, we are too. Instead of thinking of ourselves as single, unified selves who we are trying to discover through self-reflection, we could think of ourselves as complex arrays of emotions, dispositions, desires, and traits that often pull us in different and contradictory ways. When we do so, we become malleable. We avoid the danger of defining ourselves as frozen in a moment in time.

Michael Puett & Christine Gross-Loh,
The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life

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Indulgence

The greatest indulgence is to indulge in satiety surrounded by stimulation.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Damage

What damages the human spirit more than marriage?

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

On poetry

Poetry:  Layered meaning in layered sound.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Quiche

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

It is that humans (Confucius)

It is not that the Way broadens
humans; it is that humans
broaden the Way.

Confucius, the Analects

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Worse (Knott)

All my life I had nothing
but worse than that,
I wouldn't share it.

Bill Knott, "Worse"

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Foolishness

Foolishness is not redeemed by bravery.

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