I have a new method of poetry. All you got to do is look over your notebooks... or lay down on a couch, and think of anything that comes into your head, especially the miseries. Then arrange in lines of two, three or four words each, don't bother about sentences, in sections of two, three or four lines each.
They were old enough to know better. Some of them were old enough to remember when old Macdonald had a farm.
The only questions worth asking today are whether humans are going to have any emotions tomorrow, and what the quality of life will be if the answer is no.
Everybody wants to go to bed
with everybody else, they're
lined up for blocks, so I'll
go to bed with you. They won't
I have known a lot of people to go down and out — they kill themselves with alcohol or downers. But I've never known anybody to go up and out.
Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement - and we will make the goal.
Jerome P Fleishman
Art is good when it springs from necessity. This kind of origin is the guarantee of its value; there is no other.
It is very beautiful over there!
Thomas Alva Edison
I know that if I ever go looking for my heart's desire, I'll never go any further than my own back yard. For if it isn't there, I never really lost it. (Dorothy)
Wizard of Oz Movie
If a man has talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has talent and uses only half of it, he has half failed. If he has a talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded, and won a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know.
To be what no one ever was, to be what everyone has been: Freedom is the mean of those extremes that fence all effort in.
Mark Van Doren
They, that unnamed they, they've knocked me down but I got up. I always get up -- and I swear when I went down quite often I took the fall; nothing moves a mountain but itself. They, I've long ago named them me.
But what we've got going wrong is we've got a kind of bifurcation [in cultural development]:
You take your classified telephone directory, and open up "Churches", and have a ruler in your hand. And you will find that the longest space is occupied by authoritarian, Bible-banging churches. And these people are barbarians, who take the written word of the Bible literally. Because they need terribly, they have a personal need, for something to depend on.
[...] The government realizes that there is a very large number of people like that; and therefore, to keep their votes, they have to pander to those kind of people. And these are the boys who never grew up; they always need Papa.
[...] The trouble is that the boys who need Papa, are violent. They have the guns. And they are the types of people who like to be soldiers, policemen–tough guys. And therefore they have a great deal of power.
Alan W Watts
Better to have loved a short man than never to have loved a tall.
Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn.
If you understood everything I say, you'd be me!
The stellar universe is not so difficult of comprehension as the real actions of other people.
Telling the future by looking at the past assumes that conditions remain constant. This is like driving a car by looking in the rearview mirror.
A man who doesn't dream is like a man who doesn't sweat: he stores up a lot of poison.