Dennis Cooper - The Art of Fiction No. 213



The truth I’m talking about is the stuff that gets distorted and compromised every time you write something down or open your mouth to speak, ­because your priority when communicating isn’t to represent your thoughts or feelings exactly but to make sense, to appear sane and comprehensible and ­appealing. I like working within that impossibility.

Dennis Cooper - The Art of Fiction No. 213

The truth I’m talking about is the stuff that gets distorted and compromised every time you write something down or open your mouth to speak, ­because your priority when communicating isn’t to represent your thoughts or feelings exactly but to make sense, to appear sane and comprehensible and ­appealing. I like working within that impossibility.

Hermann Hesse - Steppenwolf

Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.

Hermann Hesse - Steppenwolf

Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.

Gabor Maté - Power of addiction and addiction to power

And so, as we look at this difficult world […] let’s not look to the people in power to change things. Because the people in power, I’m afraid to say, are very often some of the emptiest people in the world. And they’re not going to change things for us. We have to find that light within ourselves. We have to find the light within communities. And in our own wisdom, in our own creativity. We can’t wait for the people in power to make things better for us, because they’re never going to. Not unless we make them.

"We have to stop CONSUMING our culture. We have to CREATE culture. DON’T watch TV, DON’T read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your OWN roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are — NOW — is the most immediate sector of your universe. And if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered. You’re giving it all away to ICONS. Icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that, you want to dress like X or have lips like Y… This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion. What is real is you, and your friends, your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And, we are told No, you’re unimportant, you’re peripheral — get a degree, get a job, get a this, get that, and then you’re a player. You don’t even want to play that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world."

Terence McKenna - Reclaim Your Own Mind

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The Tree of Life

Fyodor Dostoevsky - The Brothers Karammazov

Love people even in their sin, for that is the semblance of Divine Love and is the highest love on earth. Love all of God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand of it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.

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"How can you be afraid to feel? Isn’t fear a feeling? If you’re feeling fear, you’ve felt one of the most negative emotions there is to feel. Everything else should be a piece of cake. Feel good, feel happy, feel healthy, feel loved, feel abundant, feel creative, feel compassionate, feel knowledgeable, feel powerful."

Bashar

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"You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere."

Ursula K. LeGuin

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"My wonder button is being pushed all the time."

Carl Sagan

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"Now, there are also people who don’t go along-and they’re called “be-havior problems,” or “unmotivated,” or things like that. Well, you don’t want to be too glib about it-there are children with behavior problems but a lot of them are just independent-minded, or don’t like to conform, or just want to go their own way. And they get into trouble right from the very beginning, and are typically weeded out. I mean, I’ve taught young kids too, and the fact is there are always some who just don’t take your word for it. And the very unfortunate tendency is to try to beat them down, because they’re a pain in the neck. But what they ought to be is encouraged. Yeah: why take my word for it? Who the heck am I? Figure it out for yourself. That’s what real education would be about, in fact."

Noam Chomsky - Understanding Power

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"He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature."

Socrates

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"Everybody, everybody everywhere, has his own movie going, his own scenario, and everybody is acting his movie out like mad, only most people don’t know that is what they’re trapped by, their little script."

Tom Wolfe - The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

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"Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable."

Banksy

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"Being Greek and not knowing how to cook… it’s like being French and not knowing how to have afternoon sex."

Ariana Huffington on The Colbert Report, 18.4.2012

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"The measure of intelligence is the ability to change."

Albert Einstein

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