3 Quotes – philosophical words of wisdom

‘Men are admitted into Heaven not because they have curbed and governed their passions or have no passions, but because they have cultivated their understandings. The treasures of Heaven are not negations of passion, but realities of intellect, from which all the passions emanate uncurbed in their eternal glory.’ (William Blake)

‘The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside of us while we live.’ Norman Cousins

‘Truth, like gold, is to found by washing away from it all that is not gold.’ (Leo Tolstoy)

‘We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will.’ (Carl Sagan)

‘I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.’ (Carl Jung)

‘There is a great deal of pain in life, and perhaps the only pain that can be avoided is the pain that comes from trying to avoid pain.’ (RD Laing)

‘Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the result of other people’s thinking.’ (Steve Jobs)

‘Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.’ (not sure – Google says Oprah Winfrey???)

‘Happiness is giving up the hope that the present can be different than it is.’ (not sure – Rousseau said something similar)

‘Man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun.’ (Clifford Geertz)

‘Not only is nothing good or ill but thinking makes it so, but nothing is at all, except in so far as thinking has made it so.’ (Samuel Butler)

‘Sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled.’ (George Santayana)

‘If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awoke – Aye, what then?’  (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

‘Opens all doors. You can walk through anyone that suits you.’ (Jim Morrison)

‘You trade in your reality for a role.’ (Jim Morrison)

‘Love cannot save you from your own fate.’ (Jim Morrison)

‘The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.’ (Jim Morrison)

‘People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all.’ (Jim Morrison)

‘Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending – performing. You get to love your pretence. It’s true, we’re locked in an image, an act – and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image, they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forget all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it, they feel like you’re trying to steal their most precious possession.’ (Jim Morrison)

‘I would rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not.’ (Kurt Cobain)

‘The mystic and the schizophrenic find themselves in the same ocean, but whereas the mystic swims, the schizophrenic drowns.’ (RD Laing)

‘I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.’ (Mohandas Gandhi)

‘The mind is an imposter, pretending to be you.’ (Eckhart Tolle)

‘You are the imagination of yourself.’ (Bill Hicks)

‘Most people spend their entire life within the confines of their own thoughts. They never go beyond a narrow, mind-made, personalised sense of self that is conditioned by the past.’ (Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks, p13)

‘“I” is a mind-made sense of who you are, conditioned by the past and seeking to find its fulfilment in the future. “You” are not the thinker. You are the one who is aware of the thinking part of your mind.’ (Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks, pp27 and 29)

‘Internal and external are ultimately one. When you no longer perceive the world as hostile, there is no more fear, and when there is no more fear, you think, speak and act differently. Love and compassion arise, and they affect the world.’ (Eckhart Tolle)

‘Thinking… is no more and no less an organ of perception than the eye or ear. Just as the eye perceives colours and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas.’ (Rudolf Steiner)

‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.’ (Marcel Proust)

‘When thy soul shall pass beyond the forest of delusion, thou shall no more regard what shall be taught or what has been taught.’ (Gita II.51.52, from Alice Bailey, From Instinct to Intuition)

‘If atheistic naturalism is true, then there are no objective moral values. They’re purely and exclusively our own “creations” (in a similar way than we “create” other fantasies in our minds like unicorns… perhaps with the difference that such moral inventions are pragmatically useful).’ (Joel Marks)

‘The time is now ripe to expose morality for what it is – an illusion – and thence to eliminate it from our lives.’ (Joel Marks)

‘Level 3 consciousness is learning to look at life as something to be created  out of your personal programming and purpose… rather than as a maze of knowledge, beliefs, goals and challenges to be run like a rat. It’s complete personal freedom – freedom from societal pressures, freedom from guilt, freedom from mind viruses. You know the trouble with the rat race, don’t you? Even if you win you’re still a rat.’ (Richard Brodie, Virus of the Mind, p222)

‘Can we consciously choose a better purpose for education than simply pumping our children’s minds full of memes?’ (Richard Brodie, Virus of the Mind, p224)

‘Modern stories about child development are like cries for help from the grown-ups, who sound strangely oppressed, if not actually enslaved, by their children. Parents are more dependent on children than the other way round… frightened of them, of their vulnerability, their neediness, their frustration, their rage. Parents look to their children for so-called self-esteem, to give their lives point and purpose.’ (Adam Phillips, On Kindness, p59)

‘The difficulties modern people have with their sexual desire… caught between their safety and their excitement, between their wishes for satisfaction and their fear of guilt. Guilt is the most extreme unkindness one is capable of doing to oneself.’ (Adam Phillips, On Kindness, p78)

‘Pornography is a pathological relationship with a mood-altering experience.’ (Dr. Patrick Carnes)

‘The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.’ (Thoreau)

‘The flow of our molecules is not directed by the brain. The brain is just another nodal point in the network. So where does the intelligence, the information that runs our bodymind, come from? Information is beyond time and space, matter and energy, therefore it cannot belong to the material world we apprehend with our senses, but it must belong to its own realm – an inforealm… I like to think of mental phenomena as messengers bringing information and intelligence from the non-physical world to the body, where they manifest via their physical substrate, the neuropeptides and their receptors.’ (Candace Pert, The Molecules of Emotion, p310)

‘God is a neuropeptide.’ (Candace Pert, The Molecules of Emotion, p15)

‘The body becomes the battleground for the war games of the mind.’ (Candace Pert, The Molecules of Emotion, p306)

‘I know that astrology isn’t a science… Of course it isn’t.  It’s just an arbitrary set of rules like chess or tennis…. The rules just kind of got there. They don’t make any kind of sense except in terms of themselves.  But when you start to exercise those rules, all sorts of processes start to happen and you start to find out all sorts of stuff about people. In astrology the rules happen to be about stars and planets, but they could be about ducks and drakes for all the difference it would make. It’s just a way of thinking about a problem which lets the shape of that problem begin to emerge. The more rules, the tinier the rules, the more arbitrary they are, the better. It’s like throwing a handful of fine graphite dust on a piece of paper to see where the hidden indentations are. It lets you see the words that were written on the piece of paper above it that’s now been taken away and hidden. The graphite’s not important. It’s just the means of revealing their indentations. So you see, astrology’s nothing to do with astronomy. It’s just to do with people thinking about people.’ Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

‘At the moment I am looking into astrology, which seems indispensable for a proper understanding of mythology. There are strange and wondrous things in these lands of darkness. Please, don’t worry about my wanderings in these infinitudes. I shall return laden with rich booty for our knowledge of the human psyche.’ Carl Jung

‘Astrology is a language. If you understand this language, the sky speaks to you.’ Dane Rudhyar


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