Dear friend, all theory is gray,
And green the golden tree of life.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
July 7, 2020
If you don't like yourself, you can't like other people.
July 6, 2020
If you have strongly held opinions, you are opinionated; if you don't, you lack conviction: either way, there is something wrong with you.
July 5, 2020
Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: 'You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.
July 4, 2020
A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.
July 3, 2020
Many commit the same crime with a very different result. One bears a cross for his crime; another a crown.
July 2, 2020
Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
July 1, 2020
I've found out why people laugh. They laugh because it hurts so much . . . because it's the only thing that'll make it stop hurting.
June 30, 2020
A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free.
June 29, 2020
But behavior in the human being is sometimes a defense, a way of concealing motives and thoughts, as language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and preventing communication.
June 28, 2020