invincible summers

in the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer. (albert camus)

quotes December 20, 2008

this is a page i saw at experimental chimp and loved it.

the good, the sad, the beautiful and the funny:

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.” –Buddha

Pornography is good.
All drugs should be legal.
War is wrong.
The rich get richer.
The poor get poorer.
Thank you I’ll be here all week.
— Bill Hicks

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
-Maya Angelou

I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. Or I can go mad by ricocheting in between.
-Sylvia Plath

Failure and its accompanying misery is for the artist his most vital source of creative energy.
-Montgomery Clift

There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.
-Sylvia Plath

You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.
-Walt Whitman

I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, “Where’s the self-help section?” She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.
– George Carlin

When you get just a complete sense of blackness or void ahead of you, that somehow the future looks an impossible place to be, and the direction you are going seems to have no purpose, there is this word despair which is a very awful thing to feel.
-Stephen Fry

Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.
-John Lennon

When people are laughing, they’re generally not killing one another.
-Alan Alda

“Think of the earth as a living organism that is being attacked by billions of bacteria whose numbers double every forty years. Either the host dies, or the virus dies, or both die.”-Gore Vidal

Is there no way out of the mind?
-Sylvia Plath

some favorites excerpts from books on my shelves:

I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.
— Jack Kerouac, On The Road

In the morning, the dry food that had been laid out in a bowl the night before is now gone, more evidence of the phantom cat. Mirabelle, sleepy eyed and still groggy, prepares her breakfast and takes her Serzone. The Serzone is a gift from God that frees her from the immobilizing depression that would otherwise surround her and seep into her body like a poisonous fog. The drug distances the depression from her, although it is never out of sight. It is also the third mood elevator that she has tried in as many years. The first two worked, and worked well for a while, then abruptly dropped her. There is always a struggle as the new drug, which for a while has to be blended with the old one, takes root in her brain and begins to work its mysterious chemistry.
-Steve Martin, Shop Girl

I have said that depression is both a birth and a death. The vine is what is born. The death is one’s own decay, the cracking of the branches that support this misery. The first thing that goes is happiness. You cannot gain pleasure from anything. That’s famously the cardinal symptom of major depression. But soon other emotions follow happiness into oblivion: sadness as you had known it, the sadness that seemed to have led you here; your sense of humor; your belief in and capacity for love. Your mind is leached until you seem dim-witted even to yourself. If your hair has always been thin, it seems thinner; if you have always had bad skin, it gets worse. You smell sour even to yourself. You lose the ability to trust anyone, to be touched, to grieve. Eventually, you are simply absent from yourself.
-Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon

The song the melody the old, low and slow voice ends. It ends and it trails off into the quiet of a sleeping Hall. I open the door and I step into my Room. Miles sitting on his bed his lips are still holding the reed. He nods to me and I nod back to him. I walk over to my bed. I take off my clothes and I climb beneath the covers of my bed they are warm and I like them and I close my eyes and I curl into myself my head against the pillow I curl into myself and the voice begins again. Sorrow and shame and ecstasy and bliss and joy and pain and redemption and damnation and love and without.
It is all the same, Young Man.
Take it and let it be.
-James Frey, A Million Little Pieces

Everything considered, a determined soul will always manage.
-Albert Camus, An Absurd Reasoning

O light! This is the cry of all the characters of ancient drama brought face to face with their fate. This last resort was ours, too, and I knew it now. In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.
-Albert Camus, Return to Tipasa

Still, they were convinced that they could hear the chipmunk at the center of the earth. They could tell that the chipmunk was running smoothly now. Its wheel spun easy and free.
-Tom Robbins, Still Life With Woodpecker

What are the goals of a person or denomination or a country? They are all remarkably the same: a desire for peace; a need for humility, for examining one’s faults and turning away from them; a commitment to human rights in the broadest sense of the words, based on a moral society concerned with the alleviation of suffering because of deprivation or hatred or hunger or physical affliction; and a willingness, even an eagerness, to share one’s ideals, one’s faith with others, to translate love in a person to justice.
-Former President Jimmy Carter in a speech in 1978 (except from: Our Endangered Values)

As a Christian and as a president who was severely provoked by international crises, I became thoroughly familiar with the principles of a just war, and it is clear that a substantially unilateral attack on Iraq does not meet these standards. This is an almost universal conviction of religious leaders, with the most notable exception of a few spokesmen of the Southern Baptist convention who are great influenced by their commitment to Israel based on eschatological (final days) theology. The preeminent criterion for a just war is that it can only be waged as a last resort, with all non-violent options exhausted. It is obvious that clear alternatives do exist, as previously proposed by our own leaders and approved by the United Nations……Violence used in the war must be proportional to the injury suffered. Despite Saddam Hussein’s other serious crimes, American efforts to tie Iraq to the 9/11 terrorist attacks have been unconvincing.
-Former President Jimmy Carter in a speech in 2003 (except from: Our Endangered Values)

The Bush press conference to me was like a mini-Alamo for American journalism, a final announcement that the press no longer performs anything akin to a real function. Particularly revolting was the cream of the national press corps submitting politely to the indignity of obviously preapproved questions, with Bush not even bothering to conceal that the affair was scripted.
Matt Taibbi- Spanking the Donkey: Dispatches from the Dumb Season

In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: Not necessarily to Win, but mainly to keep from Losing Completely.
-Hunter S. Thompson, Gonzo Papers, Vol. 1: The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time

sometimes when everything seems at
its worst
when all conspires
and gnaws
and the hours, days, weeks
seem wasted-
stretched there upon my bed
looking upward at the ceiling
I get what many will consider on
obnoxious thought:
it’s still nice to be
-Charles Bukowski, You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sence


now the dogs are barking
and the taxi cabs parking
a lot they can do for me
I begged you to stab me
you tore my shirt open
and i’m down on my knees tonight
— Tom Waits, Tom Traubert’s Blues

but now they only block the sun
they rain and snow on everyone
so many things I would have done
but clouds got in my way
i’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
from up and down, and still somehow
its cloud illusions I recall
i really don’t know clouds at all
-Joni Mitchell

while we seek mirth and beauty and music light and gay,
there are frail forms fainting at the door.
though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say,
oh, hard times, come again no more.
there’s a song, the sigh of the weary.
hard times, hard times, come again no more.
many days you have lingered all around my cabin door.
oh, hard times, come again no more.
-Stephen Foster

all around me are familiar faces
worn out places
worn out faces
bright and early for the daily races
going no where
going no where
their tears are filling up their glasses
no expression
no expression
hide my head I wanna drown my sorrow
no tomorrow
no tomorrow
and I find I kind of funny
i find it kind of sad
the dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
i find it hard to tell you
i find it hard to take
when people run in circles its a very very
mad world
mad world
-Roland Orzabal
(love the gary jules version)

love in these modern times
i’ll become what your first class said
i’m no light weight, i’ll find time to throw us down
you’d feel my medicine’s side effect
fink I’ll grab some magazine
(I know you) never seen me
(promised you) you believed me?

in love with a broken heart
-think I leave today, I cover it all this way-
you fell in love with a broken heart
-every earthly breath, a lifeless testimony-
you fell in love with a broken heart
-another lifeless testimony
(and it shows)
-Robert Downey, Jr.

baby I have been here before
i know this room, I’ve walked this floor
i used to live alone before I knew you.
i’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
love is not a victory march
it’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
-Leonard Cohen
(love the Jeff Buckley version)

i’m so happy cause today
i’ve found my friends …
they’re in my head
i’m so ugly, but thats okay, cause so are you …
we’ve broken our mirrors
sunday morning is everyday for all I care …
and i’m not scared
light my candles, in a daze
cause i’ve found god
-Kurt Cobain

They were digging a new foundation in Manhattan
And they discovered a slave cemetery there
May their souls rest easy now that lynching is frowned upon
And we’ve moved on to the electric chair
And I wonder who’s gonna be president
Tweedle Dumb or Tweedle Dumber?
And who’s gonna have the big
Blockbuster box office
This summer
How ’bout we put up a wall
Between the houses and the highway
And then you can go your way
And I can go my way
-Ani Difranco

you can say the sun is shining if you really want to
i can see the moon and it seems so clear
you can take the road that takes you to the stars now
i can take a road that’ll see me through
i can take a road that’ll see me through
-Nick Drake


One Response to “quotes”

  1. D Bunker Says:

    To compel a man to contribute contributions for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
    Thomas Jefferson

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