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February 18, 1997 I believe I’m actually going to have to be strapped down. One comes to a point where one has NOT come to a point – where one will soon have to MAKE a point to be anywhere at all. You had better send someone to strap me down. And if you wouldn’t…
I remember catching myself with an expression on my face that doesn’t relate to what’s going on anymore. – I Remember, Joe Brainard
you in mine fused our lives lived for perfect love my rose of triumph my authoress my cause give me to-morrow – A Humument, Tom Phillips
Why feel at all? To endure the aches of actuality. The outside world embracing apathy is not blessed. But condemned to absurdity. Rather die alone than in oblivion. – Shai Hulud
Open hearts always ache, Beset with pain, But alive. Spent hearts close. Closed hearts die. Preservation of warmth is a battle for a culture downcast. The callousness of frost tempts the weak and weary. A human failing lets its heart die. – Shai Hulud
Although from the beginning I knew the world is impermanent, not a moment passes when my sleeves are dry. – Zen Master Ryokan
For no particular reason my heart is stirred, unable to sleep knowing that tomorrow is the beginning of the year. – Zen Master Ryokan
We always want not just the right solution to a mystery, we want a beautiful solution. And when we meet a mysterious thing, we are always inclined to believe that it must therefore conceal an inner beauty. When we see an impregnable tower, we immediately are sure that there must be a princess inside.
In 1988, when Life asked Jaynes and several other thinkers to comment on the meaning of life, he responded that he had no answer. “Words have meaning, not life or persons or the universe itself,” he said. “Our search for certainty rests in our attempts at understanding the history of all individual selves and all…
“Optimism is an alienated form of faith, pessimism an alienated form of despair. If one truly responds to man and his future, ie, concernedly and “responsibly.” one can respond only by faith or by despair. Rational faith as well as rational despair are based on the most thorough, critical knowledge of all the factors that…
Even an incorrect proof is better than no proof, because if the ideas are novel, they may still be useful for other problems, or inspire another mathematician to figure out the right answer.
“You don’t get to say you’ve proved something if you haven’t explained it,” she says. “A proof is a social construct. If the community doesn’t understand it, you haven’t done your job.”
We remember the martyrs who died for a cause that we knew about, never those no less effective in their contribution but whose cause we were never aware of – precisely because they were succcessful.
And yet, crucially, “Everyday life, with its duties and routines, was something I endured, not a thing I enjoyed, nor something that was meaningful or made me happy … I always longed to be away from it, and always had done. So the life I led was not my own. I tried to make it…
I see this negligence. I choose not to accept it; Not into my life. Absence of introspection neglects the outer world. Let not the excess of lusts and comfort mislead you. This world is not yours. – Shai Hulud
“Between a high, solid wall and an egg that breaks against it, I will always stand on the side of the egg.” Yes, no matter how right the wall may be and how wrong the egg, I will stand with the egg. Someone else will have to decide what is right and what is wrong;…
Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” – Bob Marley
The Elevator Operator: I go up and down all day, and never get off.