go to New
The ultimate measure of a man is
not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands
in moments of challenge and controversy.
Matrin Luther King
"Reading maketh a full man, conference
a ready man, and
writing an exact man"
Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points
out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could
have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually
in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who errs, and comes short again and again (but) ... who knows
the great enthusiams, the great devotions, who spends himself
in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of
high achievement, and who at the worst if he fails, at least fails
while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those
cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."
Theodore Roosevelt (Paris, 1910)
What is not given is lost.
Sometimes silence is the best thing to say.
One can stop when one climbs, never when one descends
When you laugh at things they are no longer dangerous
No joy is like the sweet delight which comes beyond,
above, against our hopes.
There are two ways to live your life. One is as
though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything
is a miracle.
In a thousand pounds of law
there is not one ounce of love
Be charitable to the women sprung from your ribs.
If you try to sraighten a rib you will break it. Accept women
as they are with all their curvatures.
Scripta Manent, Verba Volent
I do not agree with a word that
you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
It is better to live on one's feet
than to die on one's knees
Prayer for Generosity
Lord, teach me to be generous,
Teach me to serve you as you deserve,
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not heed the wounds,
To toil and not to seek for rest,
To labor and not to seek reward,
Save that of knowing that I do your
St. Ignatious Loyola
"For Books are more than books,
they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason
why men lived and worked and died, the essence and quintessence
of their lives."
AMY LOWELL, untitled Poem, The Boston Athenaeum
I would rather regret having done something, than
regret having done nothing
Be good and you will be lonesome
Nothing is as easy as it looks
Everything takes longer than you expect.
And if anything can go wrong
It will at the worst
A real friend comes in when everyone else is leaving
Frame your mind to mirth and merriment, which bars
a thousand harms and lengthens life.
Un ami, c'est celui qui devine toujours quand on
a besoin de lui
A friend is someone who allways knows when you need
True friends are not those who dry your tears but
who prevent you from shedding them.
There is a differerence between being different and
being new, a
difference between questioning social customs and just being rude,
difference between being daring and simply breaking rules. Most
do not understand this difference. It makes them easy to tell
Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation
from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
-W. Somerset Maugham
"Adrenaline means more than fear," said Fireweed.
"And divine love is more then adrenaline and dopamine."
"Certainly. There's phenylethylamine and oxcytocin. Love
is a most complex and difficult probblem."
Joan Slonczewski, Brian Plague
"Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied
at the end. It's not a day
when you lounge around doing nothing. It's when you've had everything
and you've done it."
-- Margaret Thatcher
Amnesia is not knowing who one is and wanting desperately to
find out. Euphoria is not knowing who one is and not caring. Ecstasy
is knowing exactly who one is Ð and still not caring.
-----Amanda Ziller, from *Another Roadside Attraction* by Tom
"Anger is creative; depression is useless"
- Freeman Dyson, Disturbing the Universe, 1979, p. 26.
"Dum vivimus, vivamus!"
"While we live, let us LIVE!"
"Meditation is very good for peace of mind,"
Camden Benares said to me one day, and then added "provided
you have the peace of mind to meditate."
"Anyone can become angry - that is easy. But to
be angry with the
right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the
purpose, and in the right way; this is not easy."
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him
who conquers his
enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
As a transhumanist, I am a first born every day of
Natasha Vita More
Dorothy Parker quipped: The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure
"Creativity is a drug I cannot live without."
Cecil B. DeMille
"How does it feel, being seven thousand years
"On how I want it to feel."
Greg Egan, Permutation City
be in love with your life every detail of it
"We act as though comfort and luxury were the
of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something
to be enthusiastic about." -- Albert Einstein
Emotions and the feelings are not a luxury, they are
a means of
communicating our states of mind to others. But they are also
a way of
guiding our own judgments and decisions. Emotions bring the body
the loop of reason.
For as you think in your heart so will your life be.
Enthusiasm - is a reason gone mad to
achieve a definate, rational objective.
Enthusiasm is inflamed by opposition,
but never converted; it is the leaping
lightning that blasts obstacles from
Enthusiasm is the X-ray of the soul,
that penetrates and reveals the invisible.
Enthusiasm is a contagion that laughs
at quarantine and inoculates all who come
in contact with it.
Enthusiasm is the vibrant thrill in your
voice that sways the wills of others into
harmony with your own.
Enthusiasm is the "philosopher's stone"
that transmutes dull tasks into
Enthusiasm is a magnet that draws
kindred souls and with irresistible force
and electrifies them with the magnatism
of its own resolve.
Courtesy of Pat & Rob at SOL
Live without dead time! Enjoy without constraint!
Security is mostly a superstition. It
does not exist in nature, nor do the
children of men as a whole experience
it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the
long run than outright exposure. Life is
either a daring adventure, or nothing.
Helen Keller, Let Us Have Faith
"What do you want then, Presence?"
"I want what I already have! Eternal wonder, eternally fulfilled...
Not the eternal, even, just the Indefinite, that is where all
is... I'll wait out the heat-death of the Universe to see what
next! And in the meantime, isn't it something, all of it?"
Bruce Sterling, Schismatrix
"If the world were merely seductive, that would
be easy. If it were merely
challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning
between a desire to improve the world, and a desire to enjoy the
This makes it hard to plan the day."
E. B. White
We have to choose which we value more: truth or happiness.
this decision, consider that truth is immutable, while happiness
not, i.e. what makes you happy can change to conform to reality,
reality will never change to conform to what makes you happy.
I MAY HAVE ALLOWED MYSELF SOME FLICKER OF EMOTION IN
THE RECENT PAST,
BUT I CAN GIVE IT UP AT ANY TIME I LIKE.
Death, in _Soul Music_ by Terry Pratchett
Why be depressed, dumb and agitated when you can be
happy, smart and
"He who wonders discovers that this in itself
is wonder." - M.C. Escher
"Most folks are as happy as they make up their
minds to be."
Exuberance is Beauty.
"the dullard sees no eros in fine
champagne; the sorcerer can
fall intoxicated on a glass of
Astonishment is the only realistic emotion.
Pessimist's Definition of Optimism : Failing to learn from life.
Optimist's Definition of Pessimism : Failing to learn to live.
Of all our human resources, the most precious is the
desire to improve.
Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.
- Burton Hills
"Live like a bourgeois, think like a demigod"
Unexpected anger ==> Sacred Cow Alert
Twirlip of Greymist
There are TWO kinds of selfishness: the kind that says,
"I must do
what will make me happy," and the kind that says, "YOU
must do what
will make me happy." The first is good, the second is bad.
From: email@example.com (Kenton E. Sinner)
"Charlie...remember what happened to the man who
suddenly got everything he
ever wanted... He lived happily ever after."
Willy Wonka - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Medieval Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, said
to be unbeatable, wrote down some of his
techniques in his Book Of Five Rings. One, the Fire and Stones
Cut, was simply a vertical strike down
onto the opponent; but a kenjutsu adept was to execute it with
such complete force, such totality of
being, that even when blocked the cut would knock down the opponent's
guard or open it to attack.
Imagine if we went at our goals that way.
According to Sun Tzu's The Art Of War,
that ancient Chinese masterpiece of strategy, to know
oneself and one's enemy opens the way to sure victory. Implication:
self and enemy are not, perhaps,
so different at the core.
The most beautiful thing we can experience
is the mysterious. It is the source of all
true art and all science. 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
Twenty years from now you will be more
disappointed by the things that you didn't
do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail
away from the safe
harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain
To believe is to be strong. Doubt cramps energy. Belief
And to those who say:
"Summa nulla est,"
"Fac ut vivas."
firstname.lastname@example.org Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Aliens could never
be as alien
as another human.
"I am compelled to realize, that the seperateness
of our experience limits the usefulness of any practical advice
that I could offer you. Indeed, if I could find one phrase that
would sum up my wishes for you on this occasion, I think it would
be devoted to convincing you of the futility of living too much
by the advice of others."
- Glenn Gould
I am always doing that which I can
not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
Everything you can imagine is real
Art is the lie that helps us see the truth