What’s the point of freedom if you don’t let it debase you?
– Joe Frank / On The Edge
It is beyond the imagination of a true conservative to comprehend a man who feels no special allegiance to money, a man who will risk all for the risk itself. Such men are confined to a special solitude of their own making. They are not prepared to pay the moral-social tax that society attempts to extract from the rest of us. They have no desire to do well, to get ahead, to set a good example and they remained, for the most part, undefeated. There was about them a superb and enviable insouciance. When they have gone, something important, some last fine flamboyant gesture will have vanished with them.
– Jon Bradshaw / Fast Company
My definition of a “respected” man was one who had succeeded almost completely in hoodwinking people, but who was finally seen through by some omniscient, omnipotent person who ruined him and made him suffer a shame worse than death.
– Osamu Dazai / No Longer Human
Give God weeping, and increase the tears in your eyes, through your tears and his goodness the soul which has been dead will be restored. Behold, mercy waits for your eyes to shed tears, to purify and renew the image of the disfigured soul.
– St. Ephrem / Desert Fathers
Let all Your enemies perish, O Lord!
But let those who love Him be like the sun
When it comes out in full strength.
– Deborah / Judges 5
The subconscious mind is the most delicate apparatus in the universe. It is not to be smudged, sullied or twisted in order to boost the sales of popcorn or anything else. It does not exist for the convenience or ingenious pitchmen.
Nothing is more difficult in the modern world than to protect the privacy of the human soul. We live in an age where what we don’t see and don’t know can hurt us.
– Norman Cousins / Smudging the Subconscious – Saturday Review Oct 1957