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o little part of the torment of existence is that Time is continually pressing upon us, never letting us catch our breath but always coming after us, like a taskmaster with a whip.

       Arthur Schopenhauer

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e careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

       Mark Twain

f course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacificists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger.

       Hermann Goering at the Nuremburg trials

he cause of our current social crises is a genetic defect within the nature of reason itself. And until this genetic defect is cleared, the crises will continue. Our current modes of rationality are not moving society forward into a better world. They are taking it further and further from that better world. Since the Renaissance these modes have worked. As long as the need for food, clothing and shelter is dominant they will continue to work. But now that for huge masses of people these needs no longer overwhelm everything else, the whole structure of reason, handed down to us from ancient times, is no longer adequate. It begins to be seen for what it really is ~ emotionally hollow, esthetically meaningless and spiritually empty. That, today, is where it is at, and will continue to be at for a long time to come.

       Robert Pirsig ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, 1974

n matters of theology the certain truth there is no man who knows, nor ever shall be. Even if a man should chance to say something utterly right, still he himself knows it not ~ there is nowhere anything but guessing.

       Xenophanes ~ Greek philosopher

'm not disgusted by any human behavior as long as it's not violent or unkind.

       Tennessee Williams ~ Night of the Iguana

hen you get to St. Peter's gates don't try to bring your dog in with you - acceptance into heaven is by favor, not merit. If it were by merit, you would remain outside and your dog would go instead.

       Mark Twain