Words of Wisdom – For Life, Death, and Everything In Between

Words of Wisdom For Life

“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”
— Jack Kerouac


On Nature

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
― John Muir

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.”
― Hermann Hesse

“Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.”
― Kahlil Gibran

“The wise man knows that it is better to sit on the banks of a remote mountain stream than to be emperor of the whole world.”
― Zhuangzi

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
― Lao Tzu

“We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders.”
― G.K. Chesterton

“We can never sneer at the stars, mock the dawn, or scoff at the totality of being.”
― Abraham Joshua Heschel

“Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.”
― Aldous Huxley

“A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.”
― Walt Whitman

“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.”
― Frank Lloyd Wright

“The earth has music for those who listen.”
― George Santayana


On Genius & Insanity

“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Genius is the recovery of childhood at will.”
― Arthur Rimbaud

“We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.”
― Aldous Huxley


On Meditation

“Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”
― William S. Burroughs

“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.”
― Alan W. Watts


On Religion & Morality

“In reality there are as many religions as there are individuals.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.”
― Isaac Asimov

“It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.”
― Aristotle

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
― Oscar Wilde

“Right or wrong, it’s very pleasant to break something from time to time.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.”
― Marshall McLuhan

“Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum.”
― Kurt Vonnegut

“Immorality, no less than morality, has at all times found support in religion.”
― Sigmund Freud


On Relationship & Friendship

“I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.”
― Walt Whitman

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche

“If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.”
― Herman Hesse

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
― C.G. Jung


On Justice & Politics

“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.”

― Cornel West

“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“He who loves the world as his body may be entrusted with the empire.”
— Lao Tzu

“Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.”
― Howard Zinn


On Modern Life

“We need way more intimacy than nearly anyone considers normal. Always hungry for it, we seek solace and sustenance in the closest available substitutes: television, shopping, pornography, conspicuous consumption — anything to ease the hurt, to feel connected, or to project an image by which we might be seen and known, or at least see and know ourselves.”
― Charles Eisenstein

“We live in a world where there is more and more information, and less and less meaning.”
― Jean Baudrillard

“Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way: Stop participating in it.”
― Noam Chomsky

“If you don’t have a strategy, you’re part of someone else’s strategy. ”
― Alvin Toffler

“Americans may have no identity, but they do have wonderful teeth.”
― Jean Baudrillard

“We in the richest societies have too many calories even as we starve for beautiful, fresh food; we have overlarge houses but lack spaces that truly embody our individuality and connectedness; media surround us everywhere while we starve for authentic communication. We are offered entertainment every second of the day but lack the chance to play. In the ubiquitous realm of money, we hunger for all that is intimate, personal, and unique.”
― Charles Eisenstein


On Compassion & Generosity

“That’s what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.”
― Simone de Beauvoir

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
― Anne Frank

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, and compassion.”
― Simone de Beauvoir


On Everything & Nothing

“Disillusionment in living is finding that no one can really ever be agreeing with you completely in anything.”
― Gertrude Stein

“Most of our ancestors were not perfect ladies and gentlemen. The majority of them weren’t even mammals.”
― Robert Anton Wilson

“I don’t necessarily agree with everything that I say.”
― Marshall McLuhan

“A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.”
― The Bhagavad Gita

“People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin

“I know there is no straight road
No straight road in this world
Only a giant labyrinth
Of intersecting crossroads”
― Federico Garcia Lorca

“I’ve often lost myself, in order to find the burn that keeps everything awake”
― Federico García Lorca

“The menu is not the meal.”
― Alan W. Watts

“you are not too old
and it is not too late
to dive into your increasing depths
where life calmly gives out
it’s own secret”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

“Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.”
― Marshall McLuhan

“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
Friedrich Nietzsche


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