2019

  • I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult. — E.B. White
  • A mythological move is to be aware of all the hundred trembling secrets at the edge of your vision. Because they are the things that want to secrete their intelligence into you about the problem that's right in front of you. — Martin Shaw, Mud and Antler Bone
  • Reducing [our ecological] footprints is a great place to start, but a tragic place to stop. — Greg Norris
  • Complex systems are weakened, even killed, when deprived of stressors. — Nassim Taleb
  • Sir, I am a true laborer. I earn that I eat, get that
    I wear, owe no man hate, envy no man's happiness,
    glad of other men's good, content with my harm,
    and the greatest of my pride is to see my ewes graze
    and my lambs suck.
    — Corin the Shepherd in As You Like It
  • The only Zen you find on tops of mountains is the Zen you bring there. — Robert Pirsig
  • … care is not, it can never be, an industrial product or an industrial result. It cannot be prescribed or enforced by a market, free or unfree. It can come only from what we used to understand as the human heart, so called because it is central to human concerns and to human being. The human heart is informed by the history of care and by the need for it, also by the heritage and the skills of caring and of caretaking. — Wendell Berry
  • There are souls whose umbilicus has never been cut. They never got weened from the universe. They do not understand death as an enemy; they look forward to rotting and turning into humus. — The Dispossessed, Ursula Le Guin
  • Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone. ― Alan Watts
  • You have a gift, honey, to turn every leisure experience into work with a deadline. — Nat Torkington
  • You can't change anything from outside it. Standing apart, looking down, taking the overview, you see the pattern. What's wrong, what's missing. You want to fix it. But you can't patch it. You have to be in it, weaving it. You have to be part of the weaving. — Ursula Le Guin, Four Ways to Forgiveness
  • Not a lot is to be gained by simply flinging lit matches. — Bruce Sterling, Shaping Things
  • I'll believe in people settling Mars at about the same time I see people settling the Gobi Desert. The Gobi Desert is about a thousand times as hospitable as Mars and five hundred times cheaper and easier to reach. Nobody ever writes “Gobi Desert Opera” because, well, it's just kind of plonkingly obvious that there's no good reason to go there and live. It's ugly, it's inhospitable and there's no way to make it pay. Mars is just the same, really. We just romanticize it because it's so hard to reach. — Bruce Sterling, boingboing.net
  • I want to increase people’s ability to analyze and evaluate for themselves, not force ideas on them. I want to work toward enlightenment, not push my propaganda. This is how society will change. — Chen Hongguo, One Seed Can Make an Impact
  • Don't doubt your desire because it comes to you as a whisper. — Po Bronson, What Should I Do With My Life
  • All virtue is a form of acting. — William Butler Yeats
  • It is also their general practice to deliberate upon affairs of weight when they are drunk; and then on the morrow, when they are sober, the decision […] is put before them by the master of the house in which it was made; and if it is then approved of, they act on it … — Herodotus, Histories (Book 1, Chapter 133), via @TomChatfield
  • Everyone appreciates your honesty until you are honest with them. Then, you're an asshole. — George Carlin
  • The plural of anecdote is data. — Raymond Wolfinger, via danwin.com
  • We build our computer (systems) the way we build our cities: over time, without a plan, on top of ruins. — Ellen Ullman
  • If you automate a mess, you get an automated mess. — Rod Michael
  • The more I know the more I respect and distrust science. — @WardCunningham
  • Human life is gradually turning from a struggle against suffering into a struggle against pleasure. — @gurwinder
  • In permaculture I am always thinking about energy and the laws of entropy and renewal. I realise I have ignored one very important form of energy - love. It is abundant and renewable. It is limitless. This has been such a powerful thing. I have stopped worrying about the future. I feel more than ever before that good will prevail. It is great to know there are so many people behind me - there is an army with me, in life or death. — Joe Polaischer, Rainbow Valley Farm (shortly before his death).

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