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“Wherever man has left his footprints in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization, we find the hoofprint of a horse beside it.” —John Trotwood Moore

In a legend the elders foretold
Of the quest for the southwestern gold
On the glittering sands
Of the equine’s homeland
Where brave horses are spirited souls

I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a horse.

John Galsworthy

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“Until very recently, the artist was a magician who did his magic in public view but kept himself and his effects a matter of mystery.” —Gore Vidal

Neither smoke nor mirrors play a part
In the great magician’s secret art
No legerdemain
Just a cabinet plain
No gamed sword blade or feign of fake sort

I was a magician’s assistant and had to go in the box that they put the swords through, and there’s no trick to it. You literally have to dodge the swords.

Caroline Flack

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“Every person who is really an artist desires to create inside of himself another, deeper, more interesting life than the one that actually surrounds him.” —Konstantin Stanislavski

Charlotte was born in a burlesque star’s trunk
On the bump-and-grind road to old Podunk
With the tricks of the trade
Charlotte played backstage
And dreamed her name up in lights from her bunk

“Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors.”

Konstantin Stanislavski

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“What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god.” —William Shakespeare

In many mansions, humble and sublime,
dwell beings at once sentient and divine.

“People in big empty places are likely to behave very much as the gods did on Olympus.”

Edna Ferber

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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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