Saturday, January 1, 2011

thoughts, his

One of the joys of living in this small town in Northern California is the local free weekly - the Chico News & Review. While not owned locally, it is full of articles and commentary on local happenings, lists of local events, and general local color. My favorite columnist in the paper is Anthony Peyton Porter - a man of wit and all-out in-your-face opinion. There have been times I have questioned my sanity for liking him so much. I always, always enjoy reading his words and then trying to read the meaning behind his words. Non-locals can read his weekly column on his blog. Check him out. He's so worth the read.

photo by Carla Resnick

I cannot think of a better way to start this new year than to share his most recent column. He is fond of using quotes and this column is entirely collected quotes. Apologies to Mr. Porter for posting the column in its entirety, from here.


Thoughts, not mine

Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena. Wilhelm Reich (1897–1957)

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. Siddhartha Gautama (c. 566–480 BCE)

Question everything. Every stripe, every star, every word spoken. Everything. Ernest J. Gaines (1933– )

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844–1900)

I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being. Hafez (1315–1390)

All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience. Henry Miller (1891–1980)

The essential feature of quantum interconnectedness is that the whole universe is enfolded in everything, and that each thing is enfolded in the whole. David Bohm, physicist (1917–1992)

In difficult times you should always carry something beautiful in your mind. Blaise Pascal (1623–1662)

The work is to develop the same relationship with yourself that you would be willing to have with someone you love. Cheri Huber (1944– )

We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are. Thomas Merton (1915–1968)

Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky. Ojibwe saying

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen. Frank Lloyd Wright (1869–1959)

Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe. St. Augustine (354–430)

It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves. Carl G. Jung (1875–1961)

Anything that can be perceived must be reality. . . . Your reality depends upon what you are willing to imagine and allow. Abraham-Hicks

You can’t believe one thing and do another. What you believe and what you do are the same thing. Leonard Peltier (1944– )

Few people have the imagination for reality. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. Thich Nhat Hanh (1926– )

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