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~Leonard Cohen

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Neither Here Nor There

I used to have a little 3 x 5 notebook in which I collected quotes that I ran across or occasionally came up with. I loaned it to one Tracy Carter, on her way to law school and to save the world, when I went on leave after boot camp and never saw my book or her again; though she was at least kind enough to send me several letters.

Steve Martin once said that a joke was complete and total understanding; it is often the same I think with a good quote. What follows are odds and ends that I have collected from the margins of journals, random scrap pieces of paper, the backs of business cards, bar coasters, and the random napkin. They don’t really fit anywhere on their own so have been given a home here and will be updated from time to time.


I have only two pieces of advice for you: Be, don’t do. Do, don’t be.

There was a time when you didn’t believe anything you do now…or anything for that matter. What changed?

The answer is… there is no answer; be the answer.

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." –Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can understand someone without knowing them. You cannot know someone without understanding them.

"Progress always involves risk. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first." —Bob Proctor

"The opposite of courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow." —Jim Hightower

“So long…and thanks for all the fish…and bread.” Words actually spoken to Jesus and mistakenly attributed to dolphins departing the Earth before its destruction for an intergalactic bypass.

T-shirt: “Got kids?” What does that mean? Do I want to fuck? Yes, but not you.

The human spirit is the noblest of creatures, for when it finds something in the Universe that is true and right it grasps it and will forsake all other things for that idea and endure untold hardships and even suffer death for it. When the human spirit has found something to hold onto, it is indomitable.

A knight saves one. A king serves all.

Disbelief is the magnetism of the Universe.

“The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one’s self a fool; the truest heroism is, to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted and when to be obeyed.” –Nathanial Hawthorne

Constant movement can be a form of denial; in which case, learning to be still means facing all the things that you have suspected but avoided.

The things that scare you the most have the most to teach you.

“Anyone who is sensible and calm is insane.” — Rumi

I had no choice; God put you in my path.” Four Feathers

If we would just surrender to our wounds, we would be shown the opportunity to become something far beyond what we’ve ever imagined or dreamt of.

Buddha sat under the Bo tree for seven days and meditated; Jesus went into the wilderness for forty days and fasted, I spent two and a half years in Starbucks, writing.

I don’t want to please all women; I just want to please one.

Man is evolution become conscious of itself.” —Julian Huxley

When there’s lead in the air, there’s hope in the heart.”

“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive, but attainable; a perpetual series of occasions for hope.” –John Buha?

What I’ve called “common sense” is mainly just the things, true or not, that my parents and society believed.

“Political science will tell you everything and teach you nothing.” — Mikey S.

Even if you hit a homerun, you still have to run the bases.

They speak of my drinking, yet no one mentions my thirst

The tearing of the curtain in the temple between the (w)holy and most (w)holy at Christ’s death was the destruction of the wall between the unconscious and conscious— which had to that point, largely kept mankind from realizing his divinity.

It’s not why we’re going to fail, it’s how we’re going to pass.

There are no transitions, this is it, right now.

“One does not stand still looking for a path. One walks; and as one walks, a path comes into being.” — Mas Kodani

The monk who sold his monkey.

In the opening of our shadows we open to our selves.

Everyone is willing to admit that the Lord works in mysterious ways, but no one wants to admit that the Lord works in different ways.

The nose smells, an ass reeks.

When you’re right with yourself, the world comes to you; whey you’re not, you endlessly chase the world.

“With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.” –W. Wordsworth

Denial creates desire.

Standing on a whale fishing for minnows.

— some culture I can’t remember

To stay open to the uncertainty, that is the key.

Dream a better dream.

It is the story (ego) which stands between the knower and the known, that creates the illusion of separation.

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection.” —Thomas Paine


“It is completeness that Delores now dreams— of the two opposites of one that, in balance, enable it to both exist and live. A woman without her opposite, or a man without his, can exist but cannot live. Existence may be beautiful, but never whole,” –Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls get the Blues

My guardian angel has dog breath.

“’Hubb’ is love, ‘ishq’ is love that entwines two people together, ‘shaghaf’is love that nests in the chambers of the heart, ‘hayam’ is love that wanders the earth, ‘teeh, is love in which you lose yourself, ‘walah’ is love that carries sorrow within it, ‘sababah’ is love that exudes from your pores, ‘hawa’ is love that shares its name with ‘air’ and with ‘falling’, ‘gharam’ is love that is willing to pay the price.” – Ahdaf Soueif, The Map of Love

One of these days I’m going to quit trying to find my way and just admit that I’m hopelessly lost. Actually, I can admit that right now. It’s the belief that there’s a way outta here other than where I am at right now that’s killing me.

To become conscious of things which were unconscious (repressed/disassociated) is in some way to live them again, this time consciously. It largely sucks.

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.” –Henry David Thoreau

People are furiously in pursuit of past happiness in the future, chasing yesterday in hopes that it will be tomorrow.

Faith takes you where confidence can’t.

To be conscious is to be thankful.

“Hell is even more relative than Einstein realized.” –J.R. “Bob” Dobbs

Rejoice when it is the darkest.

Stillness is not a lack of motion but motion in balance and harmony, probably best exemplified by the word “effortless”. When there is balance and harmony, effortlessness, motion and stillness become indistinguishable.

Authentically inauthentic

Sometimes, one person is bigger than the whole world.

We teach our kids delayed gratification but we don’t teach them delayed damnation.

“Any man who is attached to the senses and to the things of this world, is one who lives in ignorance and is being consumed by the snakes which represent his own passions.” –Black Elk

To fool some of the people some of the time is to be a politician; but to fool all the people all the time is to be a magician. There is no difference except success rate.

Writing is my vehicle and myth is my guide.

You don’t have to lose your parents to grow up an orphan.

If you want to write buy a pen, if you want to write a lot, buy two and drink bourbon.

Encourage paradox. Spend more time getting stuck.

To have is to have, to have not is to be.

“The various Oriental philosophers have at least one thing in common: They take the personal and try to make it universal. I hate that. I’m the opposite. I take the universal and make it personal. The only truly magical and poetic exchanges that occur in this life occur between two people. Sometimes it doesn’t get that far. Often the true glory of existence is confined to individual consciousness.” –Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls get the Blues

“Be aware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.” –Bokonist saying, Cat’s Cradle.


The guys here are an unhappy mixture of Danny Terrio and Keanu Reeves— no wonder no one smiles.

Often the what we’re doing distracts us from the why. –Bernie

Who goes, in this instance, is less important than where who goes.

Justification is reality after the fact.

Cut yourself off from expectations, yours and theirs, and live your life free. Do you dare?

When the time comes, you will know the words.

Why is it that when I want to go home everyone wants to buy me a damn drink?

The scene: A man holding up his right hand, about chest level, and flapping the fingers against the palm— the sound of one hand clapping. He looks up at the Buddha and says loudly, “Can you hear me now?”

Trooping— (v) Military maneuvers on acid.

Brojob— (v) An Asian euphemism for an American colloquialism.

Agrape— (adj or adv) Being in silent and major awe of the shot of grape-derived liquor you just drank and wondering, not irreverently, “Why me lord?”

Therapist— the · rapist (n): One who eases your discomfort in one area by increasing it in another.

Insomniass— (n) An ass that won’t go to sleep.

Aperil— (v) danger from clothing.

Enblightenment (n)— a heightened state of consciousness and suffering.

Imperfaction— (n)— a flaw so glaringly obvious that it can’t be denied.

ehormoney.com— dating website for people who need to meet their date NOW.

Pregret—(v) knowing that I am going to regret something AND also knowing that I am

going to do it anyway

“Dolphins don’t talk,” she said, slapping the water angrily with her fist for emphasis.

“And humans don’t think,” the dolphin chattered gleefully in reply, leaping and splashing in the balmy moonlight.

Death only comes once in a lifetime and most people are so terrified that they miss the whole thing. Not me, I’m going to savor mine like a good drink.

“Peculiar traveling suggestions are dancing lessons from God.” –Bokonist saying, Cat’s Cradle.

I make my life much more complicated than it really is. Or…I make my life much more complicated than reality is.

One moment can’t contain me.

“Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue to exist, a wonderful, living side by side can grow up if they succeed in loving the distance between them. Which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.” –Rilke

I’m hard to meet, easy to know, and harder to understand.

Ozzy made me do it.

You know someone loves you when they steal your T-shirt.

What tastes the orange? Your taste buds do not have the inherent capability to analyze the taste itself, only report the info that they are being stimulated. Your brain cannot experience the actual sensation, taste, but interprets the signals from the tongue. So the one tasting doesn’t have an opinion and one with opinion can’t taste. So who tastes the fucking orange?

“This world ain’t for us…these fuckers are all fake.” –Mikey S.

The form exists, the story is becoming— all days are (as) one.

I gotta start drinking out of a smaller cup.

Reminded me that I wasn’t alone in today but that I had been here with me today in every other day.

The infinite way of doing finite things.

I would much rather know than think.

“Life is a matter of passing time enjoyably. There may be other things to do in life, but I’ve been too busy passing my time enjoyably to think very deeply about them. –Peter Wolfe


“Love’s joy is in the savor of eternity; love’s pain, in the passage of time.” — Joseph Campbell

I am in love with what I destroyed.

“The greatest regret in life is to reach old age and never have found a love great enough to command fidelity.” — Dawn Powell

What the black man does not understand, nor the white man, is that now, we are all slaves.

“…and the next thing you know, the whole world’s wearing clocks.” — Flavor Flav

I have plenty of charming qualities, just none of them obvious

Charming is for people with no personality.

The truth pays me no mind.

Sign: “Gusty winds may exist” Who knew?

No, no…we’re way West of North.

The truth won’t set you free but your fears will.

“Politics is for people who have a passion for changing life but lack a passion for living it.” – Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls get the Blues

If I don’t have one more rummy-coke, the terrorists win.

“In the desert there is all and there is nothing. God is there and man is not.” — Balzac

Something strong and beautiful survives every tragedy.

“Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia.” – Charles Shultz

Love is the affirmation of the pain of life.

The journal and the bottle take the brunt of my bad days.

Being unemployed don’t suck; it’s the job search that do.

Generals should never pray except to beg for mercy and forgiveness.

“If I should not see you in this lifetime, let me feel the lack…” – Thin Red Line

“You can’t help where you were born and you may not have much to day about where you die, but you can and you should try to pass the days in between as a good man.” – Gen. Sam Damon, Once An Eagle

“Duty is the sublimest word in the language. You can never do more than your duty; you should never wish to do less.” – Robert E. Lee

Mick Jagger once sang, “…you can’t always get what you want…but you just might get what you need.” Well, at Pete’s you always get what you need whether you want it or not!

“There ain’t a bar like this in America…”

“Yeah, and thank god I’m apart of it.” – Overheard at Pete’s

You can’t explain Pete’s, only experience it.

“When choosing between two evils, I try to choose the one I haven’t done before.” – Mae West

Don’t fuck with the tequila grape, I mean it.

I got a winno heart. Yeah, well I got rummy breath.

“It’s all over but the crying.” – Tony G.

Sleep with a Sailor Foundation.

Organized religion, as opposed to the unorganized variety, should be on ESPN, fighting them lions…or something.

True freedom lies within the space between action and reaction.

“Next time you’re crying in your pina colada that you can’t find a nice guy, remember that you met one and shoved him out the door.” – Mad About You

And sometimes the hardest part is just going on when every part of you screams to just quit.

I erroneously labeled something lesser as love.

Marketing is a religion of a million gods.

Trampled underfoot by the (polo) ponies of lust.

I can’t tie down why nor let who go.

I’ve been accused of premeditated conversation.

I’m the wrong part of all the right things.

Ceremonial friendship

I feel as eloquent as a turtle on skates.

Happiness is like a mariachi band— sometimes they show up, sometimes they show up but “no habla”, and sometimes they just don’t show.

Living in an information society— ambiguity has become a blight and mystery something to be avoided or overcome at all costs.

If feeling good is good than feeling better is gooder.

All lies lead to the truth.

“Love easily confuses us because it is always in flux between illusion and substance, between memory and wish, between contentment and need. Perhaps there are times when the contradictions of love are so intermingled that the only way to see the truth of love is to pit it against the irreducible reality of lust.” –Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls get the Blues


The mind arrayed against itself is a terrible thing.

“Undermine their pompous authority, reject their moral standards, make anarchy and disorder your trademarks, cause as much chaos and disruption as possible but don’t let them take you alive…” — Sid Vicious

Culture, in too large of doses, had been known to kill societies.

Don’t say who to what.

People are addicted to what they fear the most.

Telegraph, telephone, tell a woman.

It is often wise to make sure that what you are running to is better than what you are running from.

Richard Nixon’s real crime was in not having a better lawyer/spin manager.

It’s all a matter of mind, not of technology. Mind over mind is where we’re at.

The truth will not set you free. Whoever said that the truth will set you free has obviously never been told the truth.

Do not believe anything; the truth is known to nobody and cannot be agreed upon unanimously in groups larger than one.

More people can agree on what is not true than what is.

The only reason we think we’re free is because we’re told we are.

A purr like leather

We used to sell tangibles, now we sell the means to dreams, or that’s what they say they are. But isn’t it strange that those dreams are created on TV?

BM3 Li says I am an angel and that angels don’t have to bathe because they are creatures of God.

Shane’s brain went down the drain on the way to Spain, he was in no pain.

“Respect for routine is the mark of the second-rate man.” — Aleister Crowley

Yesterday existed only insomuch as I remember it today— a dream perchance?

Reality is interactive.

“Just know your lines and don’t bump the furniture.” – Spencer Tracy

As far as I’m concerned, I’m unconcerned.

I lost the word, and none other would do.

Emotions are just the colors. The picture remains the same regardless.

Think locally, drink Bob.

If you want to write, drink bourbon.

If you can’t be charming, you can at least be cute; which is half the work and a lot less dangerous.

If I knew what I was doing, I probably wouldn’t be doing it.

“The whole story of the Universe is directed unerringly to one single individual— namely you.” – Walt Whitman

I will not submit to urinalysis or anyone else’s!

Victim is a state of mind.

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality will not destroy you.” – Ray Bradbury

Follow bravely where your heart leads.

Don’t mistake strong opinion for intelligence or wisdom.

“They always see your left but never their own.” – AC3 Lewis

Great Names for Bands:

The Great Cthulhu and his Tricky Dick Arkestra

Lou Bi-do & the Screaming Apaches/Hopi Dope Fiends

The Jamaican Shower Posse

Jamaican flyin’ 100’s

Sexually Transmitted Democracy

He was a birth-defector, running from his fate.

“Jesus is our Bob, Bob is our Hope, Jesus is our Bob Hope.” –Bob “Dobb” Roberts

Only the form changes. Energy is not destroyed nor does it die.

Are you running away from yourself or after yourself?

Don’t get caught up in trying to go back to the past. I did last night and it wasn’t all that great.

Three fingers hold the pen, but you write with the whole body.

Without lies, there can be no truth.

You can’t hide from Bob, ‘cause he’s dumber than you.

I am insane and history is its manifestation.

The idea is to cut out the middleman, the mind-editor; to write so fast it goes straight to the paper, becoming a purely physical act and not a mental one.

“She can buttle.” –CTO3 Snowden

“I like eighteen holes over one.” –Chip

When you least expect it is when you least accept it.

There can be no greater courage than kissing first.

BATF: Register your guns and religion here.

Sometimes the only thing that keeps me from losing all hope is the knowledge that the species that invented the atom bomb also invented the surfboard.

Why are people afraid of silence? What are we hiding from behind a wall of noise?

“I like the Navy. You can be insane and nobody’ll say anything ‘cause you might kill ‘em or something.” – SR Greggory

“Thus magic is the art of life itself.”— Aleister Crowley

If I was a cat I’d be a dog.

1. Do not harbor sinister designs.

2. Diligently pursue the path of Two-Swords-as-One.

3. Cultivate a wide range of interests in the arts.

4. Be knowledgable in a variety of occupations.

5. Be discreet regarding one’s commercial dealings.

6. Nurture the ability to perceive the truth in all matters.

7. Perceive that which can’t be seen with the eye.

8. Do not be negligent, even in trifling matters.

9. Do not engage in useless activity.

— Miyamoto Musashi

General Wolf Rules for Life

1. Eat

2. Rest

3. Rove in between

4. Render royalty

5. Love the children

6. Cavil in moonlight

7. Tune your ears

8. Attend to the bones

9. Make love

10. Howl often

— Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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