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Re: Insights, Snippets, Quotes, Epiphanies & All That Sort of Things
« Reply #680 on: August 06, 2017, 06:45:47 AM »
The heads of roses begin to droop.
The bee who has been hauling his gold
all day finds a hexagon in which to rest.

In the sky, traces of clouds,
the last few darting birds,
watercolors on the horizon.

The white cat sits facing a wall.
The horse in the field is asleep on its feet.

I light a candle on the wood table.
I take another sip of wine.
I pick an onion and a knife.

And the past and the future?
Nothing but an only child with two different masks.

—Billy Collins, “In the Evening” (2005)
Isn't it funny? The truth just sounds different.
-- Penny Lane, Almost Famous (2000)

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Re: Insights, Snippets, Quotes, Epiphanies & All That Sort of Things
« Reply #681 on: August 07, 2017, 03:32:44 AM »
“What doth the Lord require of thee, save that thou be no asshole?”
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His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

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Re: Insights, Snippets, Quotes, Epiphanies & All That Sort of Things
« Reply #682 on: August 07, 2017, 03:33:31 AM »
“The Devil cannot endure to be mocked.”
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Re: Insights, Snippets, Quotes, Epiphanies & All That Sort of Things
« Reply #683 on: August 10, 2017, 05:32:17 AM »
“...Dream other dreams, and better!

“Strange! that you should not have suspected years ago—centuries, ages, eons, ago!—for you have existed, companionless, through all the eternities. Strange, indeed, that you should not have suspected that your universe and its contents were only dreams, visions, fiction! Strange, because they are so frankly and hysterically insane—like all dreams: a God who could make good children as easily as bad, yet preferred to make bad ones; who could have made every one of them happy, yet never made a single happy one; who made them prize their bitter life, yet stingily cut it short; who gave his angels eternal happiness unearned, yet required his other children to earn it; who gave his angels painless lives, yet cursed his other children with biting miseries and maladies of mind and body; who mouths justice and invented hell—mouths mercy and invented hell—mouths Golden Rules, and forgiveness multiplied by seventy times seven, and invented hell; who mouths morals to other people and has none himself; who frowns upon crimes, yet commits them all; who created man without invitation, then tries to shuffle the responsibility for man’s acts upon man, instead of honorably placing it where it belongs, upon himself; and finally, with altogether divine obtuseness, invites this poor, abused slave to worship him!...

“You perceive, now, that these things are all impossible except in a dream. You perceive that they are pure and puerile insanities, the silly creations of an imagination that is not conscious of its freaks—in a word, that they are a dream, and you the maker of it. The dream-marks are all present; you should have recognized them earlier.”
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
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[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
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His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

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Re: Insights, Snippets, Quotes, Epiphanies & All That Sort of Things
« Reply #685 on: August 22, 2017, 05:52:52 AM »
'If wishes were fishes, we'd all cast nets.' - Frank Herbert

"I'm the well trained fruit tree. Full of well-trained feelings and abilities and all of them grafted onto me - all bearing for someone else to pick." - Frank Herbert
"I am a shadowy reflection of you."

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Re: Insights, Snippets, Quotes, Epiphanies & All That Sort of Things
« Reply #686 on: August 22, 2017, 10:23:59 AM »
"As an empiricist I continue to think of the conceptual scheme of
science as a tool, ultimately, for predicting future experience in the
light of past experience. Physical objects are conceptually imported
into the situation as convenient intermediaries - not by definition in
terms of experience, but simply as irreducible posits comparable,
epistemologically, to the gods of Homer. Let me interject that for my
part I do, qua lay physicist, believe in physical objects and not in
Homer's gods; and I consider it a scientific error to believe otherwise.
But in point of epistemological footing the physical objects and the
gods differ only in degree and not in kind. Both sorts of entities enter
our conception only as cultural posits. The myth of physical objects
is epistemologically superior to most in that it has proved more efficacious
than other myths as a device for working a manageable structure
into the flux of experience."

                                                               -W.V.O. Quine, Two Dogmas of Empiricism
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Re: Insights, Snippets, Quotes, Epiphanies & All That Sort of Things
« Reply #687 on: October 10, 2017, 07:49:09 AM »
"I weep over my imperfect pages, but if future generations read them, they will be more touched by my weeping than by any perfection I might have achieved, since perfection would have kept me from weeping and, therefore, from writing. Perfection never materializes. The saint weeps, and is human. God is silent. That is why we can love the saint but cannot love God." Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet (tr. Richard Zenith)
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Re: Insights, Snippets, Quotes, Epiphanies & All That Sort of Things
« Reply #688 on: October 20, 2017, 12:27:46 PM »
Confidence is gained in drops, and is lost in liters.

Jean-Paul Sartre
A woman voice glides like the wind
Of black, of damp, of night
And all it touches in this flight
Suddenly is over.

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Re: Insights, Snippets, Quotes, Epiphanies & All That Sort of Things
« Reply #689 on: October 23, 2017, 06:00:05 PM »
“We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.”

Ray Bradbury

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Re: Insights, Snippets, Quotes, Epiphanies & All That Sort of Things
« Reply #690 on: October 28, 2017, 07:01:16 AM »

     If something can happen it has. That leaves what can't happen, which hasn't.
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Re: Insights, Snippets, Quotes, Epiphanies & All That Sort of Things
« Reply #691 on: October 28, 2017, 07:03:55 AM »
Infinity takes a long time especially toward the end
A woman voice glides like the wind
Of black, of damp, of night
And all it touches in this flight
Suddenly is over.

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Re: Insights, Snippets, Quotes, Epiphanies & All That Sort of Things
« Reply #692 on: October 28, 2017, 09:44:45 AM »

     What time is it?
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Re: Insights, Snippets, Quotes, Epiphanies & All That Sort of Things
« Reply #693 on: November 24, 2017, 01:00:56 PM »
I spent the whole week with Moritz Moszkowski's music and it was time well spent. Not least because I found this:

Moszkowski’s most celebrated bon mot immortalised  him — a  riposte  to the  pompous pronouncement by  Hans  von  Bülow,  ‘Bach,  Beethoven, Brahms: Tous les autres sont des crétins’ (‘All the others are idiots’), to which Moszkowski replied: ‘Mendelssohn, Meyerbeer and your humble servant Moritz Moszkowski: Tous  les  autres  sont  des  chrétiens!’  (‘All  the  others  are christians!’).

(from the liner notes to the Moszkowski / Paderewski volume of the Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto series).
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