Saturday, 26 May 2018

Nothing Can Come of Nothing

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home. ~ Johann von Goethe #quote

For male and female alike, the bodies of the other sex are messages signalling what we must do - they are glowing signifiers of our own necessities. ~ John Updike #quote

Money...buys privacy, silence. The less money you have, the noisier it is; the thinner your walls, the closer your neighbours.... The first thing you notice when you step into the house or apartment of a rich person is how quiet it is. ~ Fran Lebowitz #quote

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. ~ Norman Vincent Peale #quote

Water flows humbly to the lowest level. Nothing is weaker than water, Yet for overcoming what is hard and strong, Nothing surpasses it. ~ Lao-Tzu #quote, Tao Te Ching

Beauty is the first present Nature gives to women, and the first it takes away. ~ Méré #quote

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. ~ Kahlil Gibran #quote

You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain, too much love drives a man insane. You broke my will, but what a thrill. Goodness gracious, great balls of fire. ~ Jerry Lee Lewis, Great Balls Of Fire #Lyrics

Send me dead flowers to my wedding and I won't forget to put roses on your grave.  ~ The Rolling Stones, Dead Flowers #Lyrics

In order to win you must be prepared to lose something. And leave one or two cards showing. ~ Van Morrison #quote

We are threatened with suffering from three directions: from our own body, which is doomed to decay and dissolution and which cannot even do without pain and anxiety as warning signals; from the external world, which may rage against us with overwhelming and merciless forces of destruction; and finally from our relations to other men. The suffering which comes from this last source is perhaps more painful than any other. ~ Sigmund Freud #quote

To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher. ~ Blaise Pascal #quote

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. ~ Frank Herbert #quote, Dune, "Litany Against Fear"

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity. ~ Lazarus Long #quote

A cathedral, a wave of storm, a dancer's leap, never turn out to be as high as we had hoped. ~ Marcel Proust #quote

That translucent alabaster of our memories. ~ Marcel Proust #quote


To me heaven would be a big bull ring with me holding two bar seats and a trout stream outside that no one else was allowed to fish in and two lovely houses in the town; one where I would have my wife and children and be monogamous and love them truly and well and the other where I would have my nine beautiful mistresses on nine different floors. ~ Ernest Hemingway #quote

Let us beware of saying that death is the opposite of life. The living being is only a species of the dead, and a very rare species. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche #quote

As insanity in a higher sense, is the beginning of all wisdom, so is schizophrenia the beginning of all art, all fantasy.. ~ Hermann Hesse #quote

Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness. ~ Sigmund Freud #quote

Nothing can come of nothing. ~ William Shakespeare #Quote

We are able to find everything in our memory, which is like a dispensary or chemical laboratory in which chance steers our hand sometimes to a soothing drug and sometimes to a dangerous poison. ~ Marcel Proust #quote

Chastity is a monkish and evangelical superstition, a greater foe to natural temperance even than unintellectual sensuality. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley #Quote

For precious friends hid in death's dateless night. ~ William Shakespeare #Quote

The difference between life and the movies is that a script has to make sense, and life doesn't. ~ Joseph L. Mankiewicz #quote

By seeking and blundering we learn. ~ Johann von Goethe #quote

Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better. ~ George Santayana #Quote

As the unity of the modern world becomes increasingly a technological rather than a social affair, the techniques of the arts provide the most valuable means of insight into the real direction of our own collective purposes. ~ Marshall McLuhan #quote

Money is the barometer of a society's virtue. ~ Ayn Rand #quote

One's destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things. ~ Henry Miller #quote

Hey you, get off of my cloud.  ~ The Rolling Stones, Get Off Of My Cloud #Lyrics



The beggar wears all colours fearing none. ~ Charles Lamb #quote

Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism. ~ Louis Pasteur #quote

Two things control men's nature, instinct and experience. ~ Blaise Pascal #quote

No rock so hard but that a little wave may beat admission in a thousand years. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson #quote

The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim. ~ Johann von Goethe #quote

He who doesn't have the spirit of his time, has all its misery. ~ Voltaire #quote

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations. ~ Steve Jobs #quote

The first step is to fill your life with a positive faith that will help you through anything. The second is to begin where you are. ~ Norman Vincent Peale #quote

The UN is not just a product of do-gooders. It is harshly real. The day will come when men will see the U.N. and what it means clearly. Everything will be all right - you know when? When people, just people, stop thinking of the United Nations as a weird Picasso abstraction, and see it as a drawing they made themselves. ~ Dag Hammarskjold #quote

A man, like clay, is moulded by his surroundings, he starts to take shape of the beatings and the pounding. ~ Biohazard, Urban Discipline #Lyrics


I've been bit and I've been tossed around by every she-rat in this town.  ~ The Rolling Stones, Monkey Man #Lyrics

He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy. ~ Johann von Goethe #quote

The essential ingredient in politics is timing. ~ Pierre Elliott Trudeau #quote

To finish is a sadness to a writer - a little death. He puts the last word down and it is done. But it isn't really done. The story goes on and leaves the writer behind, for no story is ever done. ~ John Steinbeck #quote

You're right as rain, but you're wrong to blame.  ~ Alice in Chains, Shame In You #lyrics

Look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man and work like a dog. ~ Caroline K. Simon #quote

The doctor should be opaque to his patients and, like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him. ~ Sigmund Freud #quote

The achievements which society rewards are won at the cost of diminution of personality. ~ Carl Gustav Jung #quote

Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. ~ George Orwell #quote, 1984

I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that. ~ Paul McCartney #quote

Traveling is like gambling: it is always connected with winning and losing, and generally where it is least expected we receive, more or less than what we hoped for. ~ Johann von Goethe #quote

The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we hit it. ~ Michelangelo Buonarroti #quote, (attributed)


The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few years in either victory or defeat. The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors, its successes and its set-backs, can never be relaxed and never abandoned. ~ Dag Hammarskjold #quote

What some people invent the rest enlarge. ~ Jonathan Swift #quote

You are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself. People are afraid because they have never owned up to themselves. ~ Hermann Hesse #quote


My alma mater was books, a good library. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity. ~ Malcolm X #quote

Advertising is a racket...its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald #quote, The Crack-Up

I did send to you for certain sums of gold, which you denied me. ~ William Shakespeare #Quote

Took your car, drove to Texas. Sorry honey, but I suspected, you and I can't cry anymore.  ~ Sheryl Crow, Can't Cry Anymore #Lyrics

Stay hungry, stay foolish. ~ Steve Jobs #quote


Friday, 25 May 2018

Happy Towel Day 2018













































Dowager in Peril... but OK.  Of course she had several towels!



"A towel is just about the most massively useful thing any interstellar Hitchhiker can carry. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini-raft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you — daft as a brush, but very very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course you can dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough. More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: nonhitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet-weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might accidentally have "lost." What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the Galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with. Hence a phrase which has passed into hitch hiking slang, as in "Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is." ~ Douglas Adams #Quote