Some prices are just too high, no matter how much you may want the prize. The one thing you can’t trade for your heart’s desire is your heart.
My home is not a place, it is people.
Some men just aren’t cut out for paternity. Better they should realize it before and not after they become responsible for a son.
Don’t wish to be normal. Wish to be yourself. To the hilt. Find out what you’re best at, and develop it, and hopscotch your weaknesses. Wish to be great at whatever you are.
It is consciousness that sets all limits of life, if there are any limits.
Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.
Our lives are like a candle in the wind.
Love your neighbor as yourself but don’t take down your fence.
Time is the coin of life. Only you can determine how it will be spent.
Time says hush: by the gong of time you live. Listen and you hear time saying you were silent long before you came to life and you will again be silent long after you leave it, why not be a little silent now? Hush yourself, noisy little man. Time hushes all: the gong of time rang for you to come out of the hush and you were born. The gong of time will ring for you to go back to the same hush you came from. Winners and losers, the weak and the strong, those who say little and try to say it well, and those who babble and prattle their lives away, time hushes all.
I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, no just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the post mortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future.
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.
All my life I have been trying to learn, to read, to see and hear, and to write. At sixty-five I began my first novel and after the five years, lacking a month, I took to finish it, I was still traveling, still a seeker.
I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.
I knew that good like bad becomes a routine, that the temporary tends to endure, that what is external permeates to the inside, and that the mask, given time, comes to be the face itself.
The key words of violent economics are urbanization, industrialization, centralization, efficiency, quantity, speed. . . . The problem of evolving a nonviolent way of economic life [in the West] and that of developing the underdeveloped countries may well turn out to be largely identical.
The art of living is always to make a good thing out of a bad thing.
An attitude to life which seeks fulfillment in the single-minded pursuit of wealth – in short, materialism – does not fit into this world, because it contains within itself no limiting principle, while the environment in which it is placed is strictly limited.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
Life-actors never rehearse and need no script. A life-actor uses whatever he has available, nothing more, nothing less.
Become an internationalist and learn to respect all life. Make war on machines. And in particular the sterile machines of corporate death and the robots that guard them.
It’s very difficult to explain the effect the first blues record I heard had on me, except to say that I recognized it immediately. It was as if I were being reintroduced to something that I already knew, maybe from another, earlier life. For me there is something primitively soothing about this music, and it went straight to my nervous system, making me feel ten feet tall.
I don’t believe medical discoveries are doing much to advance human life. As fast as we create ways to extend it we are inventing ways to shorten it.
Suffering isn’t ennobling, recovery is.
The prime goal is to alleviate suffering, and not to prolong life. And if your treatment does not alleviate suffering, but only prolongs life, that treatment should be stopped.
I wish I could take what I’m feeling right now and put it in the water system, and we would all love each other.
Gift the love of your life with undistracted, untelevisioned, unhurried attentiveness.
Life is defined more by its contrasts than its samenesses; Life is defined more by its risks than the many securities.
Your responsibility is to be an explorer, not a tourist in this adventure that is your life.
Take time to play! Ask for what you want. Laugh. Live loudly. Be avid. Learn a new thing. Be Yourself!
Stand often in the company of dreamers: they tickle your common sense & believe you can achieve things which are impossible.
We would never call inexplicable little insights hunches, for fear of drawing the universe’s attention. But they happened, and you knew you had been in the proximity of one that had come through if you saw a detective kiss his or her fingers and touch his or her chest where a pendant to Warsha, patron saint of inexplicable inspirations, would, theoretically, hang.
Didn’t help to ponder things that were forever gone. It only made a body restless and fill up with bees, all wanting to sting something.
She looks like a china doll, observed Grandfather as we departed. I will break just as easily, I muttered.