--Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke 1892-1910
"You should view the world as a conspiracy run by a very closely-knit group of nearly omnipotent people, and you should think of those people as yourself and your friends."
--Robert Anton Wilson
"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit."
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: First Series, "Essay XII, Art"
"Love the earth and the sun and animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and the crazy, devote your income and labors to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence towards the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown, or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and mothers of families, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency, not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body."
--Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
"There is nothing stable in the world; uproar's your only music."
--John Keats, Letters of John Keats, Frederick Page, editor
"To transform life into celebration is the only authentic science of religion."
Just as intellects are bewildered
by my madness,
I am bewildered by the frozen state
of these intellects.
Because in this path,
anything other than confusion
is distance and alienation from God.
translated by Coleman Barks
"The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do."
The new humanity will be universal,
And it will have the artist's attitude, that of the musician;
That is, it will recognize that the immense
value and beauty of the human being
lies precisely in the fact that each individual belongs
To two realms, simultaneously,
that of nature and that of the spirit.
My soul is a Mosque for Muslims,
a Temple for Hindus,
a Shrine for Buddhists,
an Altar for Zoroastrians,
a Church for Christians,
a Synagogue for Jews,
and a Pasture for gazelles.
"Be fearless and pure; never waver in your determination or your dedication to the spiritual life. Give freely. Be self-controlled, sincere, truthful, loving, and full of the desire to serve...Learn to be detached and to take joy in renunciation. Do not get angry or harm any living creature, but be compassionate and gentle; show good will to all. Cultivate vigor, patience, will, purity; avoid malice and pride. Then, you will achieve your destiny."
from The Bhagavad Gita