Awareness Quotes

I do not trouble my spirit to vindicate itself or be understood

Saturday, November 5th, 2011
Walt Whitman photo

The Big Message parts of this soaked right in. I read it quickly to proofread, slowly for understanding, then again to let it steep like tea… and again after stirring in a little milk of understanding and the sweet sugar of how poetry feels in the mouth…

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That best portion of a good man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered, acts of kindness and of love

Sunday, September 11th, 2011
New York before 911

Last year I began a 9/11 tradition of marking this day by starting or planting something good, to honor the dead while honoring life and new beginnings. This year I’m reaching for kindness.

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What is doubtful should even be considered as false… but this doubt shouldn’t be carried over into everyday life.

Friday, August 12th, 2011
blue skull

Not long after Descartes’s birth, Shakespeare wrote “To be, or not to be,” the opening lines of one of Hamlet’s soliloquies. Here, Descartes is weighing doubt: to doubt, or not to doubt. Descartes was not as mixed up or self-involved as he may seem to us now. He was working through how we might go about a scientific…

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Does not everything depend on our interpretation of the silence around us?

Thursday, July 28th, 2011
sky and bird

I have decided to leave Clea’s last letter un-answered. I no longer wish to coerce anyone, to make promises, to think of life in terms of compacts, resolutions, covenants. It will be up to Clea to interpret my silence according to…

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Whether you see a staircase as heading up or down depends on where you are standing

Saturday, March 19th, 2011
stone stairs seen through archway

Whether you see a staircase as heading up or down depends on where you are standing. It is your perception of the situation. The concepts you have based on your experience with staircases get mixed up in the way you…

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If I had not shown you my nothingness, what would I be useful for?

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Rumi was in his sixties. He had amassed a reported 10,000 students. The monk prostrated himself before Rumi. Rumi returned the honor and prostrated himself before the priest. Aghast, the young man fell to the ground again. This went on 32 times…

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That’s the thing with magic. You’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.

Monday, February 21st, 2011
rainbow on window

I was so surprised that I almost dropped my flute. I didn’t – wouldn’t that give Mom something to yell at me for if I broke it! – but I did muddle the tune. As soon as the music faltered – just like that, as though the only thing that was keeping her in this world was that tune – she…

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Instantly we know whose words are loaded with life, and whose are not

Thursday, February 17th, 2011
biting lip

Whilst the world hangs before the eye as a cloud of beauty, we cannot even see its beauty. Inaction is cowardice, but there can be no scholar without the heroic mind. The preamble of thought, the transition through which it passes from the unconscious to the conscious, is action. Only so much do I know, as I have lived…

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The finest pear tree in the world could not bear the commonest apples

Friday, June 25th, 2010
pear or apple blossoms

The most excellent talent could not produce the same effects as the most commonplace; and thus again it is as ridiculous to want to write maxims if you have not the seed within you as to expect a flower-bed to produce tulips if…

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We never see the stars, still we can see naught but them. So with Truth.

Monday, May 24th, 2010
Andromeda galaxy

And yet if one would look down a deep well,
Even at noon, we might see these same stars,
Far fairer than the blinding blue: the Truth
Shines in the water like a dark bright eye…

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Using the weapons of the enemy, no matter how good one’s intentions, makes one the enemy

Monday, April 12th, 2010
barbed wire

“You seem to know as much as he does.” Janey said. “Why didn’t you start your own Order?”

“I thought about that,” Goninan said. “When I was young. But to acquire the position of power that Madden presently holds, I would have…”

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Witchery is merely a word for what we are all capable of… an empathy… a utilization of the more obscure abilities of our minds

Monday, March 29th, 2010
moonlight

She listened to the waves wash ashore, and the whistle of the wind as it bored through the hole in the longstone. The shingles shifted underfoot when she stepped closer. The moon was near to setting, but still visible in the…

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