2018

  • A spiritual experience does not by itself make a spiritual life. — Tony Bassis (paraphrasing Huston Smith)
  • The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive […] — Steve Jobs (talking to Rupert Murdoch about Fox News)
  • I do not particularly like the word work. Human beings are the only animals who have to work, and I think that is the most ridiculous thing in the world. Other animals make their livings by living, but people work like crazy, thinking that they have to in order to stay alive. […] I think that the way animals live in the tropics, stepping outside in the morning and evening to see if there is something to eat, and taking a long nap in the afternoon, must be a wonderful life. For human beings, a life of such simplicity would be possible if one worked to produce directly his daily necessities. In such a life, work is not work as people generally think of it, but simply doing what needs to be done. ― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
  • Sacrificing agency for security doesn't work, security without agency is an illusion. — Paraphrased from An open letter to Princesses by Marjorie Steele
  • If you are giving back, you took too much. — Ricardo Semler
  • This is the-men-against-nature, men-against-pests-and-weeds mentality. And this is the same mentality that creates preservation areas and environmental laws in which the exclusion of humans, sometimes even of traditional and indigenous societies, is meant to bring regeneration. In a counter-hegemonic and ecocentric paradigm, Walter shares, conservation is done by the inclusion of conscious and ecologically literate human beings in degraded areas, not by the their exclusion. — Successional Agroforestry Systems and Family Agriculture in Brazil with Dr. Walter Steenbock
  • There is really only one way to restore a world that is dying and in disrepair: to make beauty where ugliness has set in. — Toko-pa Turner
  • Instead of being swept up in the urgency to attend to the world “before it’s too late,” let the way that we walk be slow. Let us listen to the pleas of our surrounding thirst; acknowledge the forgetting that drifted us onto this terrifying precipice. Let the grief of it all make its encounter with us through our remembering. And may beauty come alive then, under our feet. — Toko-pa Turner
  • Why deplore [civilisation] collapse, when the situation it depicts is most often the disaggregation of a complex, fragile, and typically oppressive state into smaller, decentralised fragments? — James C. Scott, Against the Grain
  • Hunger filled the city like water … its king breathes heavily in his palace, all alone, its people dropped their weapons. — Lament for Ur, Against the Grain
  • An individual human existence should be like a river: small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately past rocks and over waterfalls. Gradually, the river grows wider, the banks recede, the waters flow more quietly, and in the end, without any visible break, they become merged in the sea, and painlessly lose their individual being. — Bertrand Russell
  • He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. — Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Trout, incidentally, had written a book about a money tree. It had twenty-dollar bills for leaves. Its flowers were government bonds. Its fruit was diamonds. It attracted human beings who killed each other around the roots and made very good fertilizer. ― Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Suffering arises whenever there is a conflict between 'is' and 'should'. — Andrei Volkov
  • Every species which has ever existed, every individual of every generation, comes equipped to fulfil their tasks and roles and is moved by an innate pleasure at performing their functions.1) — Ernst Götsch, Agrofloresta do Futuro
  • When will we begin to learn from what is being born instead of what is dying? — Murray Bookchin
  • In my youth I committed black deeds.
    In maturity I practised innocence.
    To say more than this would only cause weeping and laughter.
    What good would it do to tell you?
    I am an old man.
    Leave me in peace.
    — Thaye Dorje, The Life of Milarepa
  • When one tugs at a single thing in nature, they find it attached to the rest of the world. — Jon Muir
  • Myth is a wild way of telling the truth. — Martin Shaw
  • […] political scandal is what happens when someone in power inadvertently speaks the truth. — Michael Pollan, How to Change Your Mind
  • When one is screening raw footage of people in costume tripping on mushrooms and dancing sloppily to a reggae band, a little goes a long way. — Michael Pollan, How to Change Your Mind
  • The true method of knowledge is experiment. — William Blake
  • Mysticism is the antidote to fundamentalism. — Rick Doblin, via How to Change Your Mind
  • The soul should always stand ajar. — Emily Dickinson
  • One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. — Aldo Leopold
  • One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. — William Shakespeare, Troilus & Cressida
  • Somehow, in the midst of ruins, we must maintain enough curiosity to notice the strange and wonderful as well as the terrible and terrifying. […] Such curiosity also means working against singular notions of modernity. How can we re-purpose the tools of modernity against the terrors of Progress to make visible the other worlds it has ignore and damaged. — Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet, via nicolasnova.net
  • I was foolishly optimistic and energetic. – Christopher Horvath, vfxblog.com
  • I want to live a savage life, off bared teeth and beauty and love. — Twm Gwynne
  • Men are qualified for civil liberty, in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites; in proportion as their love of justice is above their rapacity; in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption; in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere, and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without…men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters. — Edmund Burke, A Letter to a Member of the National Assembly
  • You can have a king, and you can have a lord, but the man to fear is the tax collector. — Sumatran Proverb
  • Raiding is our agriculture. — Berber saying, via Against the Grain
  • … his lips drink water but his heart drinks wine … ― e.e. cummings
  • House finished, man dies. — Chinese Proverb (unsubstantiated)
  • … because learning is a ramshackling affair [… and] the culture that I know doesn’t believe in learning. It believes in knowing. Rewards knowing. — Stephen Jenkinson, Dumbo Feather, Issue 54
  • It’s just not that big an achievement to be sure of yourself. — Stephen Jenkinson, Dumbo Feather, Issue 54
  • We don't grow through certainty, we grow through doubt. So ambiguity is unavoidable for anyone who's really being honest about their life and about the nature of the universe. Today's certainty becomes tomorrow's imprisonment. — James Hollis, A Summons to a Deeper Life
  • If there were forks in the road and each time there was a fork, the right decision was made, then you get to a goat rodeo. — Yo-Yo Ma, The Goat Rodeo Sessions
  • We will not fight to save what we do not love. — Stephen Jay Gould
  • Visions become responsible through all sort of processes. The best one I know is sharing it with other people who bring in their knowledge, their points of view, and their visions. The more a vision is shared, the more responsible it gets, and also the more ethical. — Donella Meadows, via Making Permaculture Stronger
  • In a living system what is to be, always grows out of what is, supports it, extends its structure smoothly and continuously, elaborates new form — sometimes startlingly new form — but without ever violating the structure which exists. — Christopher Alexander, via Making Permaculture Stronger
  • Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so. — Galileo Galilei
  • … don't worry, about a thing, 'cause every little thing, gonna be alright … — Bob Marley
1)
This is a simplified version by Adam, the original translation by Priscila Bahia Diniz was, “All species who have appeared and will appear and are living in the present, each and all individuals of all generations come equipped to fulfil their tasks, their roles, moved by an innate and functional pleasure.”

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