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Love is the only shocking act left on the face of the earth. Eroticism, murder, betrayal, starvation, torture, war, all pale in the face of love. We stare for hours at CNN, watch the world unfold hour by hour, numbed, deafened, defeated. We wander into the wrong neighborhood and are showered by hatred. We study the universe through distant cameras, drive ourselves mad searching for the origins of life. We detach ourselves and engage in futile superficial conversations about sexual politics, impressing one another with intellectual repartee, dress ourselves in various guises to avoid the alienation of aging skin, exchange hostile glances in loud, desperate nightclubs. This is the dance, the prelude to need and desire.
We confess out sins in cold, damp churches, kneel to the Lord to open our souls, punish one another for the frailties we cannot bear in ourselves. Winding ourselves up into frenzies of fear and self-loathing we are tamed by a cocktail or hallucinogen, pretty colors, strange desert journeys, emptiness and abandonment.
We flee from this most terrifying moment: in a warm room in the quietest night with whispers of tenderness and trust penetrating the senses, control, power, anger are thrown aside and we bear witness to the only valid instant in the universe, love.
— Sandra Bernhard, "Love, Love, and Love"
Don't believe anything. Regard things on a scale of probabilities. The things that seem most absurd, put under 'Low Probability', and the things that seem most plausible, you put under 'High Probability'. Never believe anything. Once you believe anything, you stop thinking about it. The more things you believe, the less mental activity. If you believe something, and have an opinion on every subject, then your brain activity stops entirely, which is clinically considered a sign of death, nowadays in medical practice. So put things on a scale or probability, and never believe or disbelieve anything entirely.
— Robert A. Wilson
How grandiose of humans to think the entire universe is just a giant mechanism to facilitate our spiritual development.
— LiveJournal user evalux
George Bernard Shaw:
"Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed."
"It is most unwise for people in love to marry."
"The liar's punishment ... is that he cannot believe anyone else."
"Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy."
"All professions are conspiracies against the laity."
"Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life."
"In order to fully realize how bad a popular play can be, it is necessary to see it twice."
"Democracy: The substitution of election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few."
"I never resist temptation, because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me."
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