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“Myths give us our sense of personal identity, answering the question, ‘Who am I?'” ―Rollo May

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Am I not myself, alighting birdlike from great heights?

“In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of
being alive without a sense of identity.”

―Erik Erikson

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“A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.” ―Jean-Luc Godard

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The time has come, the Rabbit said,
though he had no watch to mind,
to pass through a hole in time,
into a tenseless paradigm.

“Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.”

Francis Bacon

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“I am having a hallucination now, I don’t need drugs for that.” ―Thomas Pynchon

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Professional actors change characters like changing costumes.
Gifted amateurs do the same, not only in their dreams.

“Reality is a hallucination shared by most sane men.”

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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“We live on the leash of our senses.” ―Diane Ackerman

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Strain the leash or let the dogs out?

“It is his restraint that is honorable to a person, not their liberty.”

John Ruskin

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“Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.” ―Hermann Hesse

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Is there gold in the tongue that I hold?

“Be silent, or say something better than silence.”

Pythagoras

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“It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.” ―Jerome K. Jerome

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Idling settles the fluttering of the mind, inviting enlightenment.
Here is a koanic assist for beginners:

Three student idlers and their teacher are observing a flag in a breeze.
Each student is asked to describe his or her observation. “…And please
do not observe like a nincompoop,” the teacher warns, giving each
student a rap on the head with a stout rod as their cue to speak.

Student 1 goes, “Ow! I observe the breeze fluttering the flag.
Only a nincompoop would observe otherwise.”

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.”

Deepak Chopra

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“There’s something really appealing about the simplicity of black-and-white images.” ―Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Silent talkies speak the language of black-and-white piano keys striking chords of recognition.

“She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket.”

―Raymond Chandler, Goodbye, My Lovely

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“Technology makes everyone feel old. A laptop is old after two years. Someone always has something newer. Everyone seems to feel obsolete now, even the young.” ―Jennifer Egan

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An old F*ck is as timeless as a Stone Age clock.

“In an age of multiple and massive innovations, obsolescence becomes the major obsession.”

Marshall McLuhan

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“In heaven an angel is nobody in particular.” ―George Bernard Shaw

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Among the ranks of angels in sanctuary niches,
everyday angels are up there in the bleachers.

“It is impossible to see the angel unless you first have a notion of it.”

James Hillman

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“Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness.” ―Werner Herzog

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How thin the ice we skate on
Like sails of plundered ships
How sheer the veil once frozen
Pale as a nun’s handkerchief

“In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.”

―Ralph Waldo Emerson

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