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“One day Dostoevsky threw out the enigmatic remark: "Beauty will save the world". What sort of a statement is that? For a long time I considered it mere words. How could that be possible? When in bloodthirsty history did beauty ever save anyone from anything? Ennobled, uplifted, yes - but whom has it saved?

There is, however, a certain peculiarity in the essence of beauty, a peculiarity in the status of art: namely, the convincingness of a true work of art is completely irrefutable and it forces even an opposing heart to surrender. It is possible to compose an outwardly smooth and elegant political speech, a headstrong article, a social program, or a philosophical system on the basis of both a mistake and a lie. What is hidden, what distorted, will not immediately become obvious.

Then a contradictory speech, article, program, a differently constructed philosophy rallies in opposition - and all just as elegant and smooth, and once again it works. Which is why such things are both trusted and mistrusted.

In vain to reiterate what does not reach the heart.

But a work of art bears within itself its own verification: conceptions which are devised or stretched do not stand being portrayed in images, they all come crashing down, appear sickly and pale, convince no one. But those works of art which have scooped up the truth and presented it to us as a living force - they take hold of us, compel us, and nobody ever, not even in ages to come, will appear to refute them.

So perhaps that ancient trinity of Truth, Goodness and Beauty is not simply an empty, faded formula as we thought in the days of our self-confident, materialistic youth? If the tops of these three trees converge, as the scholars maintained, but the too blatant, too direct stems of Truth and Goodness are crushed, cut down, not allowed through - then perhaps the fantastic, unpredictable, unexpected stems of Beauty will push through and soar to that very same place, and in so doing will fulfil the work of all three?

In that case Dostoevsky's remark, "Beauty will save the world", was not a careless phrase but a prophecy? After all he was granted to see much, a man of fantastic illumination.

And in that case art, literature might really be able to help the world today?”

― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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My body is a Judas

- Emilie Autumn, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls

“A Mathematical Formula for Happiness:

Reality divided by Expectations.

There are two ways to be happy: improve your
reality or lower your expectations.”

Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes

Among the earliest forms of human self-awareness was the awareness of being meat.

- David Quammen

I love trying things and discovering how I hate them.

- D.H. Lawrence

“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.”

~ Chuck Palahniuk

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with it's yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up.
[Sometimes, the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.]
And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”

― Louise Erdrich

“When you drank the world was still out there, but for the moment it didn’t have you by the throat.”

—Charles Bukowski, Factotum

Kaua e Mate Wheke Mate Ururoa

"Don't Die Like an Octopus, Die Like a Hammerhead Shark"

Octopus are renown for their lack of resistance when being captured, however a hammerhead shark will fight bitterly to the end, to the point that when you fillet it fresh, its meat quivers. Commonly used to encourage someone not to give up, no matter how hard the struggle is.

According to astronomy, when you wish upon a star,
you're actually a few million years too late.

That star is dead, just like your dreams.

Yeah I'm fucking looking at you.

You have no code. You have no dignity.

You couldn't be more self-absorbed if you were equal parts water and paper towel.

Sometimes the beauty of the world is so overwhelming,
I just want to throw back my head and gargle.
Just gargle and gargle, and I don't care who hears me,
because I am beautiful.

~Jack Handy

"Emancipate yourself from mental slavery."

- Bob Marley


"This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back.
You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.
You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes...."

Write drunk, edit sober.

- Ernest Hemingway

“Deceiving others. That is what the world calls romance.”

- Oscar Wilde

"That’s how we stay young these days: murder and suicide."

- Eugene Ionesco

There’s nothing to mourn about death any more than there is to mourn about the growing of a flower. What is terrible is not death but the lives people live or don’t live up until their death. They don’t honor their own lives, they piss on their lives. They shit them away. Dumb fuckers. They concentrate too much on fucking, movies, money, family, fucking. Their minds are full of cotton. They swallow God without thinking, they swallow country without thinking. Soon they forget how to think, they let others think for them. Their brains are stuffed with cotton. They look ugly, they talk ugly, they walk ugly. Play them the great music of the centuries and they can’t hear it. Most people’s deaths are a sham.

There’s nothing left to die.

- Charles Bukowski

(The Captain Is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship, 1998)

There are these wonderful, doomed, blessed few - who have come our way through the ages, who are able to tie up the universe in words and present them to us, and say: if you will but immerse yourself, you will be washed clean and come forth anew.

- Harlan Ellison

With your hand in mine, idly we’ll recline
Amid bowers of neuroses,
While the sun seeks rest in the great red west
We will sit and match psychoses.
So come dwell a while on that distant isle
In the brilliant tropic weather;
Where a Freud in need is a Freud indeed,
We’ll always be Jung together.

The Passionate Freudian to His Love, Dorothy Parker

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.

- Hermann Hesse (Demian, 1919)

Memory sometimes makes merciful deletions.

— H. P. Lovecraft (The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, 1927)

“I believe that today, more than ever, a book should be sought after - even if it has only one great page in it. We must search for fragments, splinters, toenails, anything that has ore in it, anything that is capable of resuscitating the body and soul."

The Tropic of Cancer, 1934 - Henry Miller

"There is a long close affinity between writers and cops; we share the sad knowledge that everyone is always lying.

- David Mamet (Bambi vs. Godzilla, 2007)

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.

- Carl Jung

Who knows how long I’ve loved you,
you know I love you still.
Will I wait a lonely lifetime?
If you want me to I will.

Amidst the attention given to the sciences as how
they can lead to the cure of all diseases and daily
problems of mankind - I believe that the biggest
breakthrough will be the realization that the arts,
which are conventionally considered ‘useless',
will be recognized as the whole reason why we
ever try to live longer, or live more prosperously.

John Maeda via The Universe Will Fly Like a Bird

Tiffany and Company, New York
1874 - Sterling silver, gilt

The silver swan, who, living had no note,

When death approached unlocked her silent throat.

Orlando Gibbons

You are free to choose.

But you are not free from the consequence of your choice.

A universal paradox.

“The limits of my language are the limits of my mind.
All I know is what I have words for.”

– Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, 1953

" The very essence of the creative is it's novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.

- Carl Rogers