every kiss is a revolution.
there are no mistakes. the events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn.
you are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true.
the only form of blasphemy is the refusal of love.
true discovery only comes when you go so far from your origin that you can no longer see it.
every journey conceals another journey within its lines: the path not taken and the forgotten angle.
does it matter if the place cannot be mapped as long as I can describe it?
men are easy to please but are not pleased for long before some new novelty must delight them.
men are always seeking soft women but find their lives in ruins without strong women.
a woman’s greatest strength is that every man believes he knows the sum and possibility of every woman.
in the dark and in the water I weigh nothing at all.
in the city the inhabitants have reconciled two discordant desires: to remain in one place and to leave it behind for ever.
as your lover describes you, so you are.
through the body, the body is conquered.
everyone is inclined to love. it is easy to bring on, impossible to end until it ends itself.
those most in need of change choose to fall in love and then throw up their hands and blame it all on fate.
very rarely is the beloved more than a shaping spirit for the lover’s dreams.
maps, growing ever more real, are much less true.
there is only present and nothing to remember.
the difference between the past and the future is that one has happened while the other has not.
we can only be in one place at a time.
reality is something which can be agreed upon.
what the universe doesn’t contain is as significant to us as what it does.
knowing is no longer separate from being.
we do not move through time, time moves through us.
if all time is eternally present, there is no reason why we should not step out of one present in to another.
when we are drawn in to the art we are drawn out of ourselves.
everyone remembers things which never happened.
every child is an artist, what is special is carrying it over into adulthood.
no safety without risk, and what you risk reveals what you value.
the world’s divided into two sorts of people, those who do and those who won’t do.
yin and yang are the standards of order; when beings lose this, they do not propagate, but when they have it, they thrive.
the way to embrace a woman requires peaceful serenity of heart, so the body and the mood calm one another.
the immature artist imitates, the mature artist steals.
today is a gift, that is why it is called the present.
other peoples reactions to us make us who we are.
go, do, be, think, feel, see
the rejection of your kisses makes me feel like a motherless child.
love is dope, not chicken soup.
if you think it’s time, its time. if you think its not, its not.
worry and think before you make any decision, but once you make it, be on your way free from worries or thoughts.
one goes to knowledge or to war with fear, with respect, aware that one is going to war, and with absolute confidence in oneself.
if a body farts, it’s alive.
life is an exercise in strategy.
power rests on the kind of knowledge one holds.
fear is the first natural enemy a man must overcome on his path to knowledge.
the twilight is the crack between the worlds.
no matter how frightening knowledge is, it is more terrible to think of a man without knowledge.
silence hides nothing.
how we shape our understanding of others’ lives is determined by what we find memorable in them, and that in turn is determined not by any potentially accurate overview of another’s personality but rather by the tension and balance that exist in our daily relationships.
Life seems to only make sense when you look at it backwards.
Knowledge is the enemy of faith.
The more I know about her, the more fascinated I am to know even more.
I cannot seem to find love, shit I can barely find like.
Why am I preoccupied with physical appearance when it does not last, but the mind does?
The fact that people look pretty does not mean they are.
The simple fact is that I need to be happy with what I have in my life, not unhappy about hat is lacking in my life.
I want someone to share my life with; maybe that is why I cannot find someone, because I am seeking it.
My sensitivity shows when it needs to, like when I am in a relationship, otherwise I am cold to the world.
I do not like to play the roles designed for me. I like to be desired, not the typical male dominant.
I feel more confident if someone else instigates the relationship, it means that they wanted to meet me enough to risk reject. I do not like doing that.
The hardest thing is that I knew I would get hurt, and I did it anyways.
I am a dreamer and romantic cunningly disguised in the body of a pessimist.
I only choose women who I cannot have, and create a romanticized idea of what could happen. But only with people that I know will never be able to offer themselves to me.
I have turned into the type of person I always pitied growing up.
Maybe I deserve this.
I am scared that people will not like me for who I am, so I make it easier for everyone to dislike me by being an ass.
The closer I think people are getting to figuring me out, the farther I pull back.
I often feel more uncomfortable around people because I was not myself, then if I had simply been myself.
I would rather the pain of loneliness then the pain of rejection.
In my mind, I have already dated them, and broken up with them before I even say hello.
I keep myself busy with anything in order to forget how lonely I am.
I like touching a woman, it means that I am trusted enough to be let into their life.
Things done alone have a bitter sweetness when compared to being able to share the experience with another person.
I do not get emotional, probably because I have no one to share the emotions with.
I feel like my life is a movie that no one cares to see.
History is written by the victors.
Express yourself completely, then keep quiet. Be like the forces of nature: when it blows, there is only wind, when it rains, there is only rain, when the clouds pass, the sun shines through.
Open yourself to the Tao, then trust your natural response; and everything will fall into place.
So our day begins. A little different from yesterday. Not as smart as tomorrow.
The perfume of sandalwood, the scent of rosebay and jasmine travel only as far as the wind. But the fragrance of goodness travels with us through all the worlds. Like garlands woven from a heap of flowers, fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds.
Friendship is the only element that will hold the world together.
Another’s thoughts have a certain advantage with us simply because they are another’s.
Truth is the property of no individual, but is the treasure of all men.
To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all people – that is genius.
To be great is to be misunderstood.
Fear makes you run wildly; love makes you move intelligently.
Practice charity without holding in mind any conceptions about charity, for charity after all is only a word.
There’s nothing in the world but the mind itself, and therefore all therefore all is possible including the suppression of suffering.
It’s only through form that we can realize emptiness.
We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are.
Art making is singing the human voice.
Art is always talking about art.
It is about how you envision the past through the eyes of the present.
I like looking at women, but more so, I like the fact that I can.
Each woman inspires her won fetish.
It is about telling the truth even when it is a lie.
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
A compliment is like a kiss through a veil. – Victor Hugo
Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great. – Comte DeBussy-Rabutin
Friends will keep you sane, Love could fill your heart, A lover can warm your bed, But lonely is the soul without a mate. – David Pratt
He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. – Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
you think you have a choice who you love?
Tao of Relationships
is it in each one who seeks Twoness?
And in each two who seek Oneness?
Can we choose not to love?
Words only represent the authentic. When there is naming, the name is mistaken for what has been named.
Loving means losing to find; it means being powerless by being within power.
The gap between who we are and who we think we are is considerable.
Loving is the promise of ourselves to ourselves that we must keep.
Being lost in ourselves is the condition we call freedom.
Lovers are free to be themselves so they can receive themselves. As lovers receive themselves, so everything receives it. It is, after all, a uni-verse.
Great things are accomplished little by little.
Words won’t say because they do not include body’s language. Body won’t say because it does not speak with mind’s words. But the whole of experience knows.
From the very beginning it has been practicing for now.
To keep the bond that is between man and woman, hold it in awe.
That which is kept will be lost. That which is lost will be kept. Have each other as if there cannot be keeping.
To smell…just breathe. To hear…just listen. To find…just open. So it is that man and woman do not find each other but are found by each other.
When seeking the important, keep to the simple.
Lose the ordinary to find the ordinary. The unusual affirms the worth of the usual. Leave the familiar to finally know the familiar. All our journeying leads back to the ordinary. It is the ordinary that is extraordinary.
Words are easy to use but what use are they?
How curious to struggle against the way things are. How much wiser to become the way things are.
When we find ourselves, we are more easily found by others.
In spite of great distances, there is nowhere to go; in spite of everywhere else in the universe, the answer is here. There are no destinations, only the journey reached wherever we are.
The distance pleasing of eyes does not promise the approval of the other senses.
Without words, without even understanding, lovers find each other.
From easiness with the ordinary, togetherness comes quietly in the shared and simple commonplace.
Man and woman are most together when unaware of their togetherness; like unfelt shoes that ease the walking, like unnoticed coats that keep away the chill, they unknowingly wear each other.
Begin with self to find other.
What thought would trust a thought that took shape of what words say?
Each time has its own time. Push and it is too early; hold back and it is too late. At the right time there will be no stopping.
Seeing into eyes is a special touching.
Rather than man taking woman or woman taking man, it is better when they are taken by each other.
You could call me a lot of things, but the cruelest and most truthful thing that you could say is that I am a survivor. That I have been there and that I have done that. And I have reduced it all to nothing. To a story I tell. And maybe you are not like me, maybe you wouldn’t do this, or you wouldn’t do that. But you don’t know for sure. And if you are lucky you never will. So I tell people that I am going to carry a lot of scars. And it’s true, I really am. And you know what’s frightening, I actually like the sound of it. That I, Richard, am going to carry a lot of scars. – “The Beach” alternative ending
It seems I am not alone at being alone.
You hope, you dream, for something to happen to you like it does in the movies. You want it to feel different, more visceral, more real.
I am scared of the great unknown, desperate to take a little of home with me.
When you develop an infatuation for someone, you always find a reason to believe this is exactly the person for you. It doesn’t need to be a good reason.
Desire is desire, wherever you go. The sun will not bleach it out, nor the tide wash it away.
It is easy to turn your back, but it is not easy to forget.
It is not where you go, it is how you feel for a moment in your life when you are part of something.
All human activity lies within the artists scope.
You can be anywhere when you life begins.
The trouble with love stories is that they never turn out the way they do in the story.
Love is a wish that hides in your heart, and nobody knows it but you.
“Richard Bach’s, running from Safety”
an excess of heart, a shortage of brain.
What leaps the fence of time is hope and intuition, not packages of paper and ink.
You either plan for what’s ahead or you fight with what you’ve got; worry is a waste of time.
Nothing has meaning until it changes what we think and who we are.
The principles I’d die for, the highest rights I know – for you they’re suggestions, they’re possibilities. You choose, you live the consequences. Every yes, no, maybe, creates the school you call your personal experience.
Lovers growing into each other’s ideals, they each turn more attractive with time.
Flying’s still a fantasy for a lot of us. How many fantasies include disease? Live enough of what you’ve always dreamed of doing and there’s no room left for feeling bad.
Because answers change, you don’t want a million answers as much as you want a few forever questions. The questions are diamonds you hold in the light. Study for a lifetime and you see different colors from the same jewel. The same questions, asked again, bring you just the answers you need just the minute you need them.
Crying does zero good, I found out. Feelings don’t change things. It’s knowing that matters, and I’ve got a lot to learn.
Meaning is whatever changes our thought, and therefore changes our lives.
Every teacher is myself in disguise.
Shop for security over happiness and we buy it at the price.
Guilt is the tension we feel to change our past, present or future for someone else’s sake.
Some choices we live not once but a thousand times over, remembering for the rest of our lives.
We know nothing till intuition agrees.
All we see of someone at any moment is a snapshot of their life, there in riches or poverty, in joy or despair. Snapshots don’t show the million decisions that led to that moment.
The mildest suggestion for change is a death-threat to some status-quo.
Compelling reason will never convince blinding emotion.
Life does not require us to be consistent, cruel, patient, helpful, angry, rational, thoughtless, loving, rash, open-minded, neurotic, careful, rigid, tolerant, wasteful, rich, downtrodden, gentle, sick, considerate, funny, stupid, healthy, greedy, beautiful, lazy responsive, foolish, sharing, pressured, intimate, hedonistic, industrious, manipulative, insightful, capricious, wise, selfish, kind or sacrificed. Life does, however, require us to live with the consequences of our choices.
Alternate lives are landscapes reflected in window-glass… they’re as real as our daily lives, but not so clearly seen.
If it’s never our fault, we can’t take responsibility for it. If we can’t take responsibility for it, we’ll always be its victim.
We don’t have rights until we claim them.
When we put up with any situation that we don’t have to put up with, it’s not because were dumb. We put up with it because we want the lesson that only that situation can teach, and we want it more than freedom itself.
Avoid problems and you’ll be the one who overcame them.
Not all talk is words, and sometimes mothers can tell more than they know when children cry.
Heaven is a lie, to hide the dying is losing. Believe the lie.
the ugly may be beautiful, the pretty never.
politics is for people who have a passion for changing life but lack a passion for living it.
the greatest men that ever live pass away unknown.
there are many things worth living for, there are a few things worth dying for, but there is nothing worth killing for.
the Earth is God’s pinball machine and each quake, tidal wave, flash flood and volcanic eruption is the result of a tilt that occurs when God, cheating, tries to win a free game.
stop the world, i want to get off.
to specialize is to brush one tooth.
if you take any activity, any art, any discipline, any skill, take it and push it as far as it will go, push it to the wildest edge of edges, then you force it into the realm of magic.
as a child, i was an imaginary playmate.
are the past and the future manufactured by the present?
we are what we see. we see what we choose.
definitions are limiting.
if you want to change the world, change yourself.
the function of the artist is to provide what life does not.
logic only gives man what he needs, magic gives him what he wants.
there is no such thing as a weird human being. it’s just that some people require more understanding than others.
civilization is dulling the senses.
among the haida indians of the pacific northwest, the verb for “making poetry” is the same verb “to breathe”.
there are three lost continents; mu (hawaiian), atlantis, and romantics.
sandwiches were invented by the earl of sandwich, popcorn was invented by the earl of popcorn, and salad dressing by the oil of vinegar.
society had a crime problem. it hired cops to attack crime. now society has a cop problem.
the inspiring thing about scrambled eggs is that any way you turn them they’re sunny side up.
equality is not regarding different things similarly, equality is in regarding different things differently.
it’s not men who limit women, it’s not straights who limit gays, it’s not whites who limits blacks. what limits people is a lack of character.
people are never perfect, but love can be.
it’s not at all unusual for love to last a lifetime. it’s passion that doesn’t last.
smoking a cigarette is like having a friend.
space is merely a device to prevent everything from being in the same spot.
as soon as you give it up, you can have it.
laws are like buttons, they are meant to be undone when the moment is ripe.
a life lived for love is the only sane life.
romance is not a bandwagon to be jumped on by lost souls with nothing more interesting to ride.
morality depends on culture.
objects smaller than the human body possess the quality of privateness. objects larger than the human body possess the quality of publicness.
funny how we think of romance involving two, when the romance of solitude can be so much more delicious and intense.
it isn’t love that is so important to us but the mystery itself.
the greatest men are the most alone.
love is like trying to carry a full garbage can on your back over a rushing river of piss.
the earth is permanent, are you?
are you living for today or tomorrow?
hate kills the soul, and what is life without a soul?
don’t do crack it’s a ghetto drug.
success is an obedience to a structured way of life.
no one is born a bigot.
to love the world with the eyes one uses them as hands, to love the world with ideas one uses them as eyes.
love is an indissoluble link between body and spirit.
if god meant for you to be written on he would have made you paper.
it’s better to burp and taste it than fart and waste it.
classes get in the way of having fun.
the extreme always seems to make an impression.
there are no stupid questions.
express yourself completely, then keep quiet.
adventure is where you are when you wish you weren’t, and where you aren’t when you wish you were.
silence is the voice of complicity.
there’s a rainbow inside your mind.
your own best friend is the child inside.
life is worth living just because your alive.
if con is the opposite of pro, than congress is the opposite of progress.
we start with flesh and end with spirit, we start with facts and end with faith.
the journey begins where the map ends.
an artist without freedom, is like a bird without wings.
to know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.
when you try to change reality, you self destruct.